4-4-19 Education in the News

CBS News--Indiana school district turns unused cafeteria food into take-home meals for kids in need

Students in Indiana's Elkhart School District are served breakfast and lunch at school, but may go hungry on nights and weekends. So, the school joined forces with an innovative nonprofit to ensures kids in need have enough to eat.

The South Bend-based nonprofit called Cultivate collects leftover food from and repackages into take-home meals. The charity's board president, Jim Conklin told WSBT how they do it. "Mostly, we rescue food that's been made but never served by catering companies, large food service businesses, like the school system," Conklin said. 


Caitlin O'Kane| April 3, 2019 / 9:09 AM / CBS News


NJ Spotlight--Political Firestorm Continues to Rage Over SDA Hirings and Firings

Embattled CEO of Schools Development Authority deals with continued charges of patronage, favoritism

People packed a 9 a.m. Trenton meeting of the Schools Development Authority — some to sing the praises of its embattled CEO Lizette Delgado-Polanco for bringing diversity to the agency.


Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | April 4, 2019



Star Ledger--Mercury-leaking gym floors are ‘a state problem,’ engineer says. Not just one town.

A near capacity crowd squeezed into a special meeting of the Washington Township school board Wednesday, many looking for answers for what will be done about toxic mercury vapors detected in eight of the township’s 11 schools.


Bill Duhart | For NJ.com| April 4, 2019


The Record--SDA Workers Lack Basic Requirements for Jobs

The New Jersey Schools Development Authority has said that new employees are highly qualified.  But an analysis shows that a quarter of them lack job requirements.


Dustin Racioppi| April 3, 2019


Asbury Park Press--Suburban School Districts Pummeled by New Jersey; Higher Taxes and Layoffs Likely

Some of New Jersey’s largest regional school districts across the state are preparing to slash jobs and trim spending on books and programs


Amanda Oglesby| April 4, 2019


Education Week--Is There a Mismatch Between Career-Tech Ed and Good Jobs?

Career technical education has been celebrated as a way to funnel young people into good jobs without the debt of a bachelor's degree. But a new study finds that it's not doing well enough at matching students with the jobs that pay well and are most plentiful.

A report released Wednesday by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute shows mismatches between the career-related courses that high school students are taking and the fields that offer a lot of good-paying jobs.


Catherine Gewertz on April 3, 2019 12:01 AM



Politics K-12 (Education Week) Here's Where the Every Student Succeeds Act Stands

The Every Student Succeeds Act turned three years old in December, but only recently have many districts and schools begun to experience the law's impact.

That's because states and districts have only just started identifying low-performing schools. Those schools are starting to create plans to fix their issues. And relatively soon, more schools are going to be identified for problems with particular groups of students. Plus, states are going to have to put all sorts of new information on their report cards, including financial transparency requirements.


Alyson Klein on April 3, 2019 4:00 PM


The Atlantic--I Used to Preach the Gospel of Education Reform. Then I Became the Mayor.

Policy makers need to question their assumptions about what makes a good school.

During my first campaign to be Chicago’s mayor, in 2011, I promised to put education reform at the forefront of my agenda. Having participated in Washington policy debates for the better part of two decades, I felt confident that I knew what to do. Then, as now, education reformers preached a certain gospel: Hold teachers solely accountable for educational gains. Expand charter schools. Focus relentlessly on high-school graduation rates. This was the recipe for success.


Rahm Emanuel| Feb 5, 2019