5-30-19 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--Teaching the young how to recognize and report sexual abuse

Lawmakers approve bill requiring development of curriculum for all public school students in New Jersey, including pre-K

Public-school children in New Jersey would learn about sexual abuse and what to do about it beginning in preschool under legislation awaiting Gov. Phil Murphy’s signature.


Colleen O'Dea | May 30, 2019


NJ Spotlight--Health Commissioner Tussles on Twitter over Vaping as Anti-Smoking Aid

When Elnahal tweets that e-cigarettes are not a safe alternative to regular cigarettes, pro-vapers respond with criticism — and invective

It started with a “sign bunny,” a simple social media meme with the outline of a rabbit holding up a placard that reads, “VAPING ISN’T A SAFE REPLACEMENT FOR CIGARETTES.”


Lilo H. Stainton | May 30, 2019


Jersey Journal--There is a diversity shortage among teachers | Opinion

In a world where diversity is celebrated, we must take some time to look at how we can help those who want to become educators and diversify our schools. To further this mission, more than 75 organizations signed a coalition letter calling for a more diverse teacher population. This effort is being led by the Association of American Educators Foundation and the United Negro College Fund.


 Roseangela Mendoza| Jersey Journal Guest Columnist| Posted May 29, 9:20 AM


Philadelphia Inquirer--N.J. school segregation lawsuit inches toward trial after negotiations stall

A year after civil-rights advocates and students sued the state over desegregating New Jersey public schools, negotiations have broken down and the case may be headed to trial.

The plaintiffs and Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration had a series of “constructive meetings," but “the reality is, we were looking for the state to be more responsive to the entire issue of segregation,” said Gary Stein, a former New Jersey Supreme Court justice, who is chairman of the coalition that brought the litigation.


 Maddie Hanna, Updated: May 30, 2019- 5:05 AM



Education Week--Most Classroom Teachers Feel Unprepared to Support Students With Disabilities

Less than 1 in 5 general education teachers feel "very well prepared" to teach students with mild to moderate learning disabilities, including ADHD and dyslexia, according to a new survey from two national advocacy groups.

The survey found that only 30 percent of general education teachers feel "strongly" that they can successfully teach students with learning disabilities—and only 50 percent believe those students can reach grade-level standards.


Corey Mitchell on May 29, 2019 2:40 PM


The Hechinger Report--OPINION: How to get girls into science

Dissecting everyday life — including the fish at the dinner table — to close the gender gap in STEM


Sian Beilock| May 28, 2019