11-15-19 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--Taking Inventory Seen as First Step in Legislative Fix for NJ’s Lead Issues

Measure calls for statewide inventory of lead service lines and 10-year replacement plan, but input from lawmakers, interest groups could change it significantly

A legislative approach to dealing with the pervasive contamination of drinking water with unsafe levels of lead moved forward yesterday, with a bill (S-4177) requiring a statewide inventory of lead service lines in New Jersey and calling for their eventual replacement over the next 10 years.


 Tom Johnson | November 15, 2019 | Energy & Environment


Star Ledger—Op-Ed: The state shouldn’t obstruct plans to power schools with solar energy, education group says

For more than a decade, New Jersey has promoted and implemented energy policies that created a vibrant solar energy market. Our public schools have seized this opportunity and collectively developed more than 600 solar energy projects that save money for local taxpayers.


Lawrence S. Feinsod| Star-Ledger Guest Columnist| Posted Nov 13, 12:20 PM



NPR--Activists Protest USDA Changes That Threaten Free School Lunch

When Elle Simone Scott was a young girl, her family relied on food stamps and her school's free lunch program to get by.

"At several points in my life, receiving free lunch when I needed it the most, it was so beneficial for me," she says. "You know, it was sometimes the most complete meal that I and some of my friends would have in a day."


Maria Godoy| November 14, 20196:08 PM ET


Education Dive--Report: More students with disabilities attending charter schools

Students with special needs are still less likely to attend charter schools than traditional district schools, but the difference has declined over the past 10 years, according to a new National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools’ analysis of the U.S. Department of Education’s Civil Rights Data Collection.


Linda Jacobson @lrj417| Nov. 14, 2019


Edutopia--A Framework for Student Goal-Setting

When middle and high school students set short- and long-term goals, they can see a path to the success they hope for.

 “If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.”
—Thomas Edison

I learned that quote from Wendy Beth Rosen’s Self-Smart. Taking it seriously, Wendy suggests some areas where students’—and adults’—self-assessments can lead to greater accomplishments and personal satisfaction. Many distractions and challenges in our lives threaten to throw us off our path, or keep us from knowing what our path is. Setting explicit goals for success and tracking our progress toward them is a way to increase our chances of finding the success we hope for.


Maurice J. Elias| November 14, 2019