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12-19-19 Education in the News

Jersey Journal--Jersey City BOE appoints Franklin Walker as permanent superintendent

 After 10 months as interim superintendent and nearly five decades in the district, Franklin Walker has been named the permanent superintendent of the Jersey City Public Schools.




Joshua Rosario | The Jersey Journal| Updated Dec 17, 4:14 PM;Posted Dec 17, 4:09 PM



The Record--How social media is transforming teens' ideas about sex may surprise you

She was a 13-year-old with a cellphone and a Tumblr account. She used it only to share funny photos and brief animated videos with her friends. Still, the pornography was inescapable.

Each time she opened the app, there was a snippet — a quick “gif” or video — reposted for her to view: breasts, genitals, action. “It’s like you weren't even watching the porn — you were watching three seconds of it on a loop and trying to scroll past it as fast as you could,” said Tori D’Amico, now 19.


Lindy Washburn, Catherine Carrera, Jessie Gomez and Anthony Zurita, NorthJersey.com Published 5:30 a.m. ET Dec. 19, 2019



Asbury Park Press--Raise taxes or cut sports, clubs? Toms River Regional faces tough budget choices

 Charging a fee to families whose children participate in sports, clubs and other programs.

At Tuesday night's Toms River Regional Board of Education meeting, Superintendent David M. Healy described the stark choices that face the school district as preparation of the 2020-2021 budget begins after a $4.3 million state aid cut.


Jean Mikle, Asbury Park Press Published 5:00 a.m. ET Dec. 19, 2019



Press of Atlantic City--Philanthropists step in to provide student lunch debt relief

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — A local businessman is donating $5,000 this year to pay off outstanding lunch debt in the schools and hoping he can inspire others to contribute.


CLAIRE LOWE Staff Writer| December 19, 2019


Education Week--The School Shootings of 2019: What's Behind the Numbers

In 2019, seven people were killed and 43 were injured in 24 shooting incidents that occurred on school grounds or during school-sponsored events, according to Education Week’s school shooting tracker. This is the second year Education Week has kept count of school shootings that killed or injured people. While the death and injury tolls are smaller than in 2018 when there were two mass school shootings, in Parkland, Fla., and Santa Fe, Texas, the devastation to school communities and families is no less profound.


Education Week| December 19, 2019



Chalkbeat--Group that fueled rapid growth of Newark charter schools winds down, marking end of an era

After spending nearly 12 years and $55 million promoting the city’s charter schools, the Newark Charter School Fund is closing up shop.

Seeded with private money pulled in by former Mayor Cory Booker, the nonprofit helped fuel the rapid expansion of the city’s charter schools. Today, more than 35% of Newark students attend publicly funded, privately operated charter schools — a fourfold increase from 2008 when the group launched.


Patrick Wall| December 18, 2019



Education Dive--Lessons in Leadership: 4 perspectives taking top administrators to the next level

Avoiding popularity contests and focusing on culture were among prominent themes in our discussions this year with principals and superintendents.

Over the past year, we've had a chance to speak with principals and superintendents from schools and districts of all sizes. While the discussions ran the gamut of topics, a handful of educational leadership mindsets are evident across the board.

Here are four key takeaways from this year's Lessons In Leadership cohort.


Roger Riddell @EdDiveRoger | Dec. 17, 2019


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