11-22-19 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--Here’s Where You Can Check for Lead in Your School’s Drinking Water

Governor introduces new online clearinghouse with district-by-district information

Moving quickly, the Murphy administration has kept its pledge to create a new district-by-district clearinghouse for information on lead contamination in New Jersey schools’ drinking water.

The “centralized online database” announced yesterday is more a listing than actual database. It allows users to search for each of the state’s nearly 600 school districts to see if they have reported “yes” or “no” for lead contamination in any source above the federal mark of potential concern. It provides a link to a district’s own website and its water-quality information for parents and the public, whether the answer on lead contamination is “yes” or “no.”


John Mooney | November 22, 2019 | Energy & Environment


NJ Spotlight--Lower Childhood Obesity Rates in NJ Linked to Nutrition Program

New Jersey saw a decline in obesity among young children in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children.

Obesity has declined significantly in New Jersey among young children enrolled in a federal nutrition program for low-income families, outpacing the downward trend in many states and resulting in the lowest rate for that specific group in nearly two decades, according to a new report.


Lilo H. Stainton | November 22, 2019 | Health Care



Education Week--Without Rules, Credit Recovery Is Just an 'Easy Ticket to Graduation,' Report Says

Too many districts that use a lot of credit recovery to help students to finish high school don't impose the right rules to ensure that those catch-up courses are high quality, according to a report published Thursday.


Catherine Gewertz on November 21, 2019 12:01 AM