8-13-18 Education in the News

Star Ledger--Recess is now mandatory at N.J. elementary schools

  New Jersey elementary school students have at least one thing to look forward to this back-to-school season. 

When they return to class in a few weeks, recess will be mandatory for their schools.  

Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday signed a law (S847) that requires elementary schools to hold at least a 20-minute recess period each day and restricts the reasons schools can take away recess from an individual student.   

Adam Clark| Updated Aug 10; Posted Aug 10


Associated Press (via Press of Atlantic City)--Plans to overhaul NJ's government face murky path ahead

TRENTON — New Jersey’s Senate president is pushing a raft of cost-saving proposals to rescue the state from potential fiscal ruin, but the bipartisan recommendations face an uncertain future in the Legislature and with Gov. Phil Murphy.

Senate President Stephen Sweeney, a Democrat, unveiled the recommendations Thursday from the Economic and Fiscal Policy Workgroup after seven months of consideration by the 25-member panel.


MIKE CATALINI, The Associated Press| Updated: August 11, 2018 — 8:43 AM EDT


NY Times--Considering College? Maybe You Should Invest in a Coach

Evan Casalino, a senior at Northern Highlands Regional High School in Allendale, N.J., always dreamed about going to Harvard Medical School. As a student, he worked hard, got good grades and even did a summer lab research internship at Harvard to bolster his college application.

But in his freshman year of high school, his father died of sudden cardiac arrest and in his junior year, his mother died of ovarian cancer, leaving him devastated and overwhelmed. Determined to fulfill his academic dream, he needed help. So, he hired a coaching firm, Acceptance Ahead, to guide him through the college application process.


Janet Morrissey| Aug. 2, 2018


Education Week--7 Things Teachers Can Quit Doing This Year

Teachers, your well-earned summer is winding down and school is starting up again. Right now, you might be focused on turning your empty classroom into a supportive learning environment. But before you know it, you’ll have fallen into a teaching routine: lesson planning, classroom management, grading, and everything in between.

This year, are you returning to some old habits? Have you asked yourself if your standard practices are essential or superfluous? Have you thought about shaking up your pedagogy or mindset by casting off some of your classroom traditions? Here are seven things teachers have let go of in the spirit of being a better educator:


Stacey Decker| August 9, 2018