5-20-19 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--Sweeney Delivers Seven Bills That Take on Thorny Issues in NJ Education

As part of his ‘Path to Progress’ campaign, senate president presents proposals on school consolidation and special education

Senate President Steve Sweeney’s education proposals took up just a few minutes in his presentation last week of 27 bills to be filed as part of his “Path to Progress” campaign.

But in seven of those bills the Senate president set the Democratic legislative agenda for education for the next few years, laying out his specific priorities concerning school consolidation and special education.


John Mooney | May 20, 2019



NJ Spotlight--Providers of Key Child Therapies Plagued by Billing System Problems

Now the state wants to recoup millions that it loaned to agencies pending a fix even though billing troubles — and payment troubles — persist


Lilo H. Stainton | May 20, 2019



Star Ledger--What you need to know about top Democrat’s huge N.J. plans for pensions, merging schools and more

You may have heard that powerful state Senate President Stephen Sweeney is pushing more than two dozen bills he says will cure New Jersey’s fiscal ills and lower taxpayers’ bills — and that public-sector unions are not happy about it.


Samantha Marcus| Updated May 18, 2019; Posted May 18, 2019


NY Times--SAT Adversity Index: A Drive Toward Diversity Without Discussing Race

The decision to give students who take the SAT test a numerical rating that reflects the challenges they have overcome in life is the most telling sign yet that universities across the country are searching for ways to diversify their classes without considering race or ethnicity.


Anemona Hartocollis and Amy Harmon| May 17, 2019



Education Week--Q&A: How to Bolster Cybersecurity in Your Schools

District tech chief says internal controls are essential

As Melissa Tebbenkamp sees it, promoting strong cybersecurity is as much about changing district behavior as it is about guarding against the damage any bad actor tries to inflict.

Tebbenkamp, the director of instructional technology for the Raytown Quality Schools, a 9,000-student school system outside Kansas City, Mo. is expected to run point in guarding against phishing scams, malware, and other forms of cyberattack.


Sean Cavanagh| April 30, 2019



Politics K-12 (Education Week)--These Defunded Programs Highlight What Education Lobbyists Fear the Most

It's spending season on Capitol Hill, and House Democrats want billions more for schools. But that doesn't necessarily mean they're bringing back what were (to some) all the golden oldies.

In fact, several education programs that lost their aid in 2011 during excruciating fights over federal spending haven't gotten their funding back since.


Andrew Ujifusa on May 19, 2019 10:52 AM


The Atlantic--The Reasoning Behind the SAT’s New ‘Disadvantage’ Score

The CEO and vice president explain what they’re hoping to accomplish by factoring adversity into the standardized test.

Most students’ paths to higher education are shaped by numbers: grade-point averages, class rankings, and infamously, standardized-test scores. Now students taking the College Board’s SAT will have another number thrown into the mix: a “disadvantage level.”


Natalie Escobar| May 17, 2019