|2-21-20 Education in the News|
NJ Spotlight--Charter Advocates Argue for State to Fund Their School Construction
And, despite opposition from plaintiffs, charter association and families seek to join ongoing litigation over funding for needy school districts
Debate over the place of charter schools in the Abbott v. Burke litigation concerning the state’s obligation to fund school construction in needy districts ramped up yesterday, as the charters’ association put out a report that said the sector itself had close to $1 billion in school construction needs.
Asbury Park Press--NJ school aid formula robs Peter to pay Paul| Kummings/Harris
New Jersey’s current school funding plan — the notorious Senate Bill S2 — is flawed and unfair, with dire and long-term consequences for half a million children in public school districts of every size and socioeconomic makeup, including rural, urban, suburban communities from the mountains to the shore. Passed in the summer of 2018, S2 has negatively impacted not only the education and futures for children and their families, but also the economies and fabric of the communities they call home.
J. Kenyon Kummings and Michael Harris Published 5:00 a.m. ET Feb. 21, 2020
Education Week--How Schools Can Be More Effective at Growing Young Voters
A conversation with John Holbein, assistant professor of public policy and education, University of Virginia
When students turn 18, they are on the cusp of another performance gap that should grab education leaders’ attention: the voting gap. The youngest voters are 30 percentage points less likely to vote than older voters. Schools can play a critical role in closing this gap.
Sarah D. Sparks| February 20, 2020
Star Ledger--Oprah loves this N.J.-based after school program so much, she just gave it $5M
Garden State Coalition of Schools