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1-15-20 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--Halfway Through Term, Murphy Touts Record in State of the State Address

Political observers often view the start of a governor’s third year as the unofficial beginning of a reelection campaign

With a potential bid for reelection looming in less than two years, Gov. Phil Murphy used his State of the State address on Tuesday to highlight some of his administration’s biggest achievements, such as increasing the minimum wage, boosting K-12 education aid and tackling climate change.


John Reitmeyer | January 15, 2020 | Budget, Politics


Star Ledger--Ready to spend $4.5M to make school lunches free? N.J. lawmakers are.

Families who qualify for reduced price school lunch but struggle to pay for it will no longer have to worry as long as New Jersey lawmakers get their way.


Adam Clark | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com| Updated Jan 14, 2020;Posted Jan 14, 2020


Star Ledger--N.J. is 1 step away from universal depression screening for teens

Young people who are clinically depressed typically go years before their first symptoms and treatment. A proposed law would require depression screening in schools to identify students in New Jersey who need support.

 Depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts are increasingly common among New Jersey teens. Now, schools might have a chance to identify students who need help sooner rather than later.



Adam Clark | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com| Updated Jan 14, 2020;Posted Jan 14, 2020

Education Week--Face It, School Governance Is a Mess

Why you should be paying more attention to the tangled web of K-12 governance

It’s time for America to clean up its K-12 governance model.

As it stands today, education policy is crafted by tens of thousands of technocratic, political, and legal authorities at the federal, state, and local levels, all with overlaying and duplicative roles.


Daarel Burnette II| January 7, 2020


Chalkbeat--A ‘seal of civic readiness’ should be option for high school diploma, New York task force says

New York high schoolers should have the option to earn a “seal of civic readiness” as one way to complete their diploma requirements, members of a state education task force are suggesting to the Board of Regents.


Reema Amin| January 14, 2020



Edutopia--A De-escalation Exercise for Upset Students

A simple technique that takes just a few minutes can help an agitated student regain the state of mind needed for learning.

So often we find students in a stressed or anxious state of mind. The most telltale signs are inappropriate behaviors or outbursts, negative comments, and anxiety-ridden movements such as fidgeting, leg shaking, and fist clenching. These signals should raise immediate concern and indicate to educators that a response may be needed. The goal is to guide the student to a self-regulated mindset, but how does a teacher do that?


Daniel Vollrath| January 14, 2020


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