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1-2-20 Education in the News

Star Ledger--N.J. schools are failing after teen suicides. Here’s how to fix the tragic aftermath.

What schools do after a suicide could potentially save lives. But too many schools aren't responding properly.

From the day the first teenager killed himself, Mandi Dorrell worried her school’s response wasn’t good enough.

The 19-year-old Oakcrest High School graduate had died by suicide in the spring of 2014, devastating former teachers and classmates.


Adam Clark | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com| Updated Dec 30, 2019;Posted Dec 30, 2019



Asbury Park Press--NJ teacher pay: People who educate your kids make wildly different amounts town to town

While you're preparing for your children to head back to school, so, too, are their teachers. 

And how much do these brave souls who educate our children earn? The colloquial answer is, generally, either not enough or way too much.

But the actual salaries of our teachers can vary as wildly as the public perception of what they make. 


Susanne Cervenka, Asbury Park Press Published 5:00 a.m. ET Aug. 26, 2019 | Updated 9:41 a.m. ET Dec. 31, 2019



NY Times--Cheating Scandals, Charters and Falling Test Scores: 5 Takeaways From the Year in Education

Five big trends, from stagnant student performance to declining faith in colleges.

There was no shortage of news about American education in 2019. Presidential candidates debated school segregation, college costs and charter schools. Federal courts considered the future of college admissions and sentenced wealthy parents to prison for cheating on behalf of their children.

Here are five of the biggest education stories of the year — and a look ahead to the issues that will drive 2020.


Dana Goldstein| Published Dec. 27, 2019Updated Dec. 28, 2019



The Atlantic--What School Could Be If It Were Designed for Kids With Autism

Tracy Murray’s kindergarten classroom in New York City has a unique approach to supporting students on the spectrum.

A charming, bright 5-year-old stands out in his classroom at Maurice Wollin elementary school, on Staten Island, as an extremely social, kind, and curious child. He remembers more about his peers—names, significant events, likes and dislikes—than almost any other kindergartner at his school does.


Kristina Rizga| December 30, 2019



NPR--Virginia School District To Give Students One Day Off Per Year For 'Civic Engagement'

One of the largest school districts in the country is trying something new: Starting next month, students in Fairfax County, Va., can take one day off per school year to engage in political activism.


Matthew S. Schwartz | December 27, 20198:51 PM ET



Education Week--Facial Recognition Tech Discriminates. Ten Questions to Ask About K-12 Use

Facial recognition technology is on the rise in schools across the country, but a new report from the federal government suggests its accuracy can vary widely depending on race and gender.


Mark Lieberman on December 31, 2019 9:30 AM



Chalkbeat--Seeking to rein in charter sector, Newark superintendent urges state to close four schools

The head of the Newark school system is calling for the closure of four local charter schools and a ban on most new charter schools, a clear signal that the district hopes to rein in the city’s fast-growing charter sector.


Patrick Wall| December 31, 2019




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