8-27-18 Education in the News

Star Ledger--N.J. voters could soon decide on $500M in school projects

New Jersey's leaders are rushing†to finalize an ever-changing plan to ask voters†in November to approve the state borrowing†hundreds of millions of dollars†to pay for various school projects.†

The referendum seeks $500 million for†improving security at K-12 schools, upgrading water infrastructure to protect students from lead, and†expanding vocational and county college programs.


Brent Johnson| Updated Aug 25; Posted Aug 25

Star Ledger--Kids dominate these N.J. towns in all 21 counties, ranked

The U.S. population is rapidly aging, but several New Jersey towns are defying the national trend.

Dozens of communities within the state have a larger share of people under the age of 18 than both New Jersey overall and much of the country, according to U.S. Census data. This is despite a falling birth rate in the state.

Overall, children†make up a little more than†a fifth of†New Jersey's population, a proportion shared by many other states. Utah sits at the top of that list, with more than 30 percent under the age of 18.


Blake Nelson | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com| Posted August 25, 2018 at 02:06 PM | Updated August 25, 2018 at 02:06 PM

Press of Atlantic City--NJ school buses now required to have lap and shoulder seat belts

Legislation brought forward earlier this year requiring school buses to have shoulder and lap seat belts, following a deadly bus crash in North Jersey, was signed into law Saturday by Gov. Phil Murphy.


CLAIRE LOWE Staff Writer| Aug 25, 2018

The Atlantic--5 Reasons LeBron James's School Really Is Unique

Headlines touting the Next Big Idea in education have become so common in recent years that itís tempting to dismiss every new K-12 initiative as a fad or fantasy doomed to either flatline or fail. A skeptical observer might be inclined to sweep LeBron Jamesís I Promise School into that pile. But teachers and executives whoíve worked closely with James on this endeavor insist that he wonít let that happen.


Alia Wong| Aug 24, 2018