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2-14-20 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--After Public Outcry, Lawmakers Seek to Aid School Lunch Debtors

Legislators approve bills designed to counter shaming of students behind in their meal fees. Committee also endorses restoration of civics lessons

Lawmakers in both houses of the state Legislature on Thursday took up issues that have recently made headlines: school lunch programs that impose penalties on students and families who fall behind in payments, and the lack of a mandatory civics curriculum for students in the Garden State.


Briana Vannozzi, NJTV News | February 14, 2020 | Education, Social



Star Ledger--Lunch debt in N.J. schools is an ongoing, expensive problem. We want to hear your stories.

In one New Jersey school district, a tuna sandwich became a “badge of shame” late last summer when administrators proposed the idea of giving kids the cold, not-so-popular meal when their parents had amassed too much unpaid lunch money.


Rob Jennings | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com and Bill Duhart | For NJ.com| Updated Feb 13, 2020; Posted Feb 13, 2020



Education Week--Microsoft, Verizon, and Other Big U.S. Companies Design Their Ideal High School Courses

We asked senior executives from a variety of industries to weigh in

Today’s classrooms aren’t preparing students for tomorrow’s jobs.

That's a broad statement, but in many schools it's the truth. Education looks very much the same—with some tweaks around the edges—as it has for decades, yet business and industry's idea of what "work" looks like is evolving at a dynamic pace.


Michelle R. Davis| February 4, 2020


Education Dive--6 lessons principals learned in the wake of school shootings

Leaders who survived shootings at their schools reflected on their experiences at a National Association of Secondary School Principals event, noting they are in a club no principal wants to be in.


Naaz Modan @NaazModan| Feb. 13, 2020



Edutopia--Powerful SEL Is Happening After School, Too

New research shows that when schools extend SEL lessons beyond the classroom into after-school programming, students’ academic skills and classroom behaviors improve.  

Many schools teach social and emotional learning (SEL) during the school day, but there’s far less emphasis on extending those lessons into another part of students’ lives: after school.


Sarah Gonser| February 12, 2020


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