2-4-20 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--Social Justice Group Offers Ways to Boost Voter Turnout In NJ

Creating more opportunities for more people to vote, lowering the voting age to 16 and establishing mandatory civics classes in high school among recommendations

A voting age as low as 16. Paid time off on Election Day. Mandatory civics classes in high school and college. Terms limits for local officials.

A respected social advocacy group is recommending these and other sweeping changes in a new report addressing low voter turnout for elections in New Jersey.


Raven Santana | February 4, 2020 | Politics



Star Ledger--Troubling trend demands depression screenings in N.J. schools | Opinion

If there is something that should trouble us all, it is the increasing number of suicides among tweens and teens. This trend is not confined to one state or region. It is happening everywhere.


Albert B. Kelly | Guest Columnist| Posted Feb 03, 2020



NY Times--Number of Homeless Students Rises to New High, Report Says

The report found that more than 1.5 million public school students experienced homelessness in the 2017-18 school year, the highest in more than a dozen years.

 Some children lost a stable home when a parent succumbed to opioid addiction. Others were forced to stay in hotels after hurricanes or fires destroyed their homes. Still others fled abuse or neglect.

More than 1.5 million public school students nationwide said they were homeless at some point during the 2017-18 school year, the most recent data available, according to a report from the National Center for Homeless Education released last week.


Mihir Zaveri| Feb. 3, 2020


Education Week--English Fluency Among Parents: Why It Matters for Student Success

States vary in this piece of school readiness

Research shows that children whose parents are involved in supporting their learning do better in school, but that's often a barrier for children whose parents aren't fluent speakers of English.


Sterling C. Lloyd and Corey Mitchell| January 21, 2020