10-16-19 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--Weighing Benefits and Costs of Health-Care Reform Plans

As Democrats debate varying proposals, authors of a new report aim to equip voters with the facts needed to assess the possible options


Lilo H. Stainton | October 16, 2019 | Health Care



Star Ledger—Op-Ed--Newarkers support 'controversial’ school reforms, and this poll proves it: education advocate

A new poll by the New Jersey Children's Foundation shows that Newarkers support the things that national pundits called “controversial,” including charter schools and a common enrollment system for district and charter schools, says Kyle Rosenkrans, the foundation's executive director.


   Kyle Rosenkrans| Star-Ledger Guest Columnist| Oct 15, 2019


Washington Post--The Koch network says it wants to remake public education. That means destroying it, says the author of a new book on the billionaire brothers.

Early this year, the Koch network committed to starting an effort to transform public education. What would that look like?

The author of a new book on the billionaire Charles Koch and his late brother, David, says it would amount to the destruction of public education as we know it.

The Koch network is the influential assemblage of groups funded by billionaire industrialist Charles Koch and more than 600 wealthy individuals who share his pro-business, anti-regulation view of economics and positions on social policy, such as climate change denial.


Valerie Strauss| Oct. 16, 2019 at 6:00 a.m. EDT



Education Week--Why 20-Minute Lunch Periods Aren't Good for Students

The amount of time schools allocate for lunch can be just as important as the food they serve—and the 25 minutes to half hour the typical school sets aside is often too short, say the School Nutrition Association and an expert who has studied the issue.


Arianna Prothero| October 14, 2019



Politics K-12 (Education Week)--What States Can Learn From a Rejected California Push to Streamline Testing

A recently rejected proposal to streamline standardized tests for California 11th graders has insights for policy makers in other states as they navigate a complicated accountability environment and a public push for less testing.


Evie Blad on October 15, 2019 2:32 PM



Education Dive--Free and appropriate': Special ed stakeholders work to make IEP meetings less one-sided

Improvement plans include federal funding for a technical assistance center to support districts in developing IEPs that "enable children to make progress."

There have been moments for Marini Hamilton Smith when negotiating aspects of her son’s Individual Education Program felt a lot like haggling with a car salesman. 


Linda Jacobson @lrj417| Oct. 15, 2019