2-11-20 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--Public Now Gets Chance to Weigh in on Proposed Changes to Core Learning Standards

Education officials foresee a school curriculum with updated requirements in computer science and career readiness

Part semantic, part substantive, the Murphy administration’s latest revisions to the state’s core learning standards for public schools include more specific computer science requirements and a renamed category titled “career readiness, life literacy and key skills.”


John Mooney | February 11, 2020 | Education


Star Ledger--N.J. wants to grade teachers less on student performance, more on supervisor’s opinion

New Jersey has already slashed the weight of standardized test results in teacher evaluations. Student performance in day-to-day classwork could be next.


Adam Clark | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com| Updated Feb 10, 2020; Posted Feb 10, 2020


Jersey Journal--Jersey City school district not showing docs that prove it can move on from state control, report says

The Jersey City Public Schools are failing to meet the state’s standards for regaining full control of the school district, according to an independent report.

The district is not showing documentation that proves it is making progress toward transitioning back to full local control. The Bloustein Local Government Research Center at Rutgers University, which authored the report, serves as the state’s independent Comprehensive Accountability Office for the Jersey City Public Schools.


Joshua Rosario | The Jersey Journal|  Updated Feb 10, 2020; Posted Feb 10, 2020


NPR-- 2 Big Teachers Unions Call For Rethinking Student Involvement In Lockdown Drills

Ryan Pascal, a 17-year-old student at Palos Verdes High School near Los Angeles, says when her school holds active shooter drills, it's "chaos." The first time it happened, not long after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., in 2018, rumors started flying over Snapchat and text that the school was really under attack.


Anya Kamenetz| February 11, 20205:02 AM ET


Education Week--Trump Seeks to Slash Education Budget, Combine 29 Programs Into Block Grant

President Donald Trump's proposed budget would shrink U.S. Department of Education funding by nearly 8 percent in part by consolidating 29 major programs—including Title I aid for disadvantaged students and funding for charter school expansion—into a single, $19.4 billion block grant.


Andrew Ujifusa and Evie Blad| February 10, 2020 3:46 PM