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11-13-19 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--Education Law Center Back in Court Seeking Money for New Abbott Schools

It’s the first court action since 2017 for the group, which has a 40-year history of pressing a school-equity agenda

After a hiatus of a couple of years, plaintiffs in New Jersey’s landmark Abbott v. Burke school-equity case are back with a familiar request to the court: Order the state to provide adequate school buildings to its poorest districts.

But after Trenton’s own pause over school construction, the question now will be whether it has much changed in its willingness — and financial capacity — to address the needs.


John Mooney | November 13, 2019 | Education


Star Ledger--N.J. teacher: Dump standardized tests

Ikechukwu Onyema agrees with Seton Hall's Christopher Tienken that standardized tests are, at best, are a blunt instrument.

Focusing on standardized testing as a means to compare the quality of education between suburban and urban districts is the most reductive way to evaluate a district. It also minimizes thoughtful consideration of the possible causes of performance discrepancies and their remedies.


Ikechukwu Onyema| Star-Ledger Guest Columnist| Posted Nov 12, 2019


NPR--How Schools Are Using The Trump Impeachment Inquiry As A Teachable Moment

For the fourth time in history, Congress is considering impeaching the president of the United States. For teachers around the country, it's an opportunity to explore concepts and skills that are often relegated to textbooks.

We asked social studies teachers from around the country how — if at all — they're using this teachable moment, navigating the nationally polarizing topic and trying to sidestep the often asked question, "What do you think?"


Alexis Marshall| November 12, 20197:00 AM ET


Education Week--What We're Getting Wrong About Gifted Education

We're leaving out a large swath of students with a high potential

Hardly a week goes by without another news item about a school district's attempt to deal with the problem of the underrepresentation of low-income students and children of color in gifted education programs.


 Joseph S. Renzulli | November 11, 2019


Chalkbeat--High school can be rough. These Colorado teens are making it easier for their peers to get help.

School shootings seemed to be forever in the headlines. There was only only one counselor at the high school. And there were whispers about a student who had a panic attack in a school bathroom.

That’s what got a group of Colorado high school students in rural Chaffee County talking about teen stress two years ago — and gave them the idea to create a voucher that provides teens with free, confidential counseling.


Ann Schimke| November 12, 2019


Education Dive--Districts, thousands of educators affected by Supreme Court DACA case

With SCOTUS deliberations starting Tuesday on President Donald Trump's rescission of the program, experts say ending DACA could have a "chilling effect" on K-12 students and educators.


 Naaz Modan| November 12, 2019



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