5-9-19 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--Overdose-Reversal Agent Scarce in Some NJ Urban Areas

Naloxone more likely to be stocked by suburban drugstores, even though call for medication much higher in poorer cities

Retail pharmacies in some smaller, more affluent communities in New Jersey can be nearly three times more likely to stock life-saving overdose-reversal medicines, compared with drug stores in poorer cities — where residents are at greater risk to die from opioid use.


Lilo H. Stainton | May 9, 2019



Philadelphia Inquirer--Long held up as a model, N.J. school funding system facing legal challenge

New Jersey’s school-funding formula is held up as a model by education advocates. But the state is confronting a new legal challenge


 Maddie Hanna, Updated May 9, 2019



Education Week--Whites, Blacks Divided on Value of Neighborhood Schools and Diversity, Survey Finds

How important is it that children attend a racially and ethnically mixed school, even if it's not in their local neighborhood? 

In a recent national survey by the Pew Research Center, 68 percent of black respondents said that attending a school with a diverse population is important, even if it means that children don't attend school in their local community. 

Whites, however, placed a much higher value on neighborhood schools: 62 percent said that children should attend schools close to home, even if that meant that the schools would have a less diverse group of students. 


Christina Samuels on May 8, 2019 5:30 PM



Politics K-12--Democrats Advance Bill to Spend Billions More on Schools. Is It Doomed to Fail?

A bill to increase the U.S. Department of Education's budget by more than $4 billion is headed to the floor of the House of Representatives. 

On Wednesday the House appropriations committee approved legislation that would provide significant increases for grants aimed at disadvantaged students, after-school programming, and social-emotional learning on Wednesday. It's the first time since 2010 that Democrats have controlled the appropriations process in the chamber, but their bill is very, very far from becoming the law of the land. 


Andrew Ujifusa on May 8, 2019 5:17 PM



The Hechinger Report--OPINION: The difficult discussions about gun violence that we can’t afford not to have

'Classroom conversations are one vital way to start small'

As a professor of education, I’m known for changing the conversation to what’s on my students’ minds.

So, even though there’s little I’d want to discuss less than guns, I wrapped up my final week of class recently by shifting the conversation once again amid a deadly shooting at a California synagogue and a second shooting at a large university in North Carolina. (Unfortunately, another fatal shooting, in a Colorado school, occurred soon after.)


Jennifer Rich|May 9, 2019