6-6-19 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--Booker Brother Takes on Senior Role in New Jersey Education

Six positions in state Department of Education are filled; Cary Booker takes on responsibility in Division of Early Childhood Education

The Murphy administration continues to emphasize its commitment to expanded preschool. Yesterday, it did so with the appointment of Cary Booker, the older brother of U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, as assistant education commissioner for early childhood education.

John Mooney | June 6, 2019



The Atlantic--Parents Gone Wild: High Drama Inside D.C.’s Most Elite Private School

At Sidwell Friends, the high school of Chelsea Clinton and the Obama children, college counselors find themselves besieged by Ivy-obsessed families.

The motto of Sidwell Friends School, the hyperselective “Harvard of Washington’s private schools,” is simple and lofty. “Eluceat omnibus lux”—Latin for “Let the light shine out from all.” But bright lights sometimes illuminate the worst in people. Last month, shocking behavior by parents may have led two of the school’s three college counselors to leave their jobs.


Adam Harris| Jun 5, 2019



Education Week--Map: How Much Money Each State Spends Per Student

As part of each state’s overall school finance grade, Quality Counts 2019 looks at per-pupil spending adjusted for regional cost differences across states. It captures factors such as teacher and staff salaries, classroom spending, and administration, but not construction or other capital spending.


 Education Week Research Center, 2019| June 4, 2019


Chalkbeat--‘It’s OK to not be OK:’ How one high school saved lives with a 34-question survey

It was 10:30 a.m. on a Monday in April. Nine counselors, psychologists, and therapists sat around a table in a conference room at Cañon City High School in southern Colorado.

In classrooms around the building, the school’s ninth-graders whizzed through an online mental health survey that would soon deliver real-time data to the group in the conference room. They were a triage team of sorts — particularly interested in the answers to question 24, which asked how often students had had thoughts of hurting themselves within the past week.


Ann Schimke| June 5, 2019