3-25-20 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--Amid COVID-19 Crisis, NJ Seeks Pass on Student Test Requirement

Governor also says he is unsure how long schools will remain closed in favor of remote learning

Gov. Phil Murphy settled one question Tuesday for New Jersey’s 2,500 public schools and 1.4 million students in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic — but left plenty unanswered.

A week into his full “stay at home” order for New Jersey and its schools, Murphy started his daily COVID-19 press briefing with an announcement that the state would seek a waiver from the federal government on required standardized testing for students this spring, a contentious issue in this state.


John Mooney | March 25, 2020 | Education, Coronavirus in NJ



Star Ledger--Nobody knows when N.J. schools will reopen. How much will students suffer?

Tony Trongone thought he was ready.

The Pemberton schools superintendent made sure his elementary school students took home four weeks of paper assignments March 13 before New Jersey schools were forced to shut down by the coronavirus pandemic. Surely, that would be enough to keep them engaged until school reopened, Trongone thought.

Ten days later, he already knew he was wrong.


Adam Clark | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com| March 25, 2020



South Jersey Times (via Star Ledger)--N.J school chiefs step up forCOVID-19 challenges | Opinion


Katrina T. McCombs| By South Jersey Times Guest Columnist| Posted Mar 24, 2020


Asbury Park Press--Coronavirus NJ: Remote learning means layoffs for hundreds of school employees

Kane Snyder has been substitute teaching in Freehold Borough for nearly two years.

A veteran of the New Mexico school system, Snyder moved to the area with his 10-year-old son, Dian, in 2018. He planned to sub until he could obtain a New Jersey teaching credential and take on a permanent position.


Joe Strupp, Asbury Park Press Published 5:00 a.m. ET March 25, 2020 | Updated 6:44 a.m. ET March 25, 2020



Politics K-12 (vis Education Week)--Trump, Asked About Timelines, Says School Closures 'Up to the Governors'

Asked about state's decisions to close schools in response to the coronavirus, President Donald Trump said Monday that those decisions are "going to be up to the governors" and that, in some states, "the schools are going to be open."


Evie Blad on March 23, 2020 8:00 PM



Chalkbeat--The coronavirus double whammy: School closures, economic downturn could derail student learning, research shows

The new coronavirus has closed schools for weeks, and in some places for the rest of the academic year. Thousands of parents have already lost their jobs. And many believe a recession is on the way.

That’s a cocktail with the potential for harmful, long-lasting effects on students, research suggests.


Matt Barnum| March 25, 2020



Edutopia--Why Learning at Home Should be Less Structured—and More Authentic

With students at home because of the coronavirus threat, social media feeds filled up with color-coded learning schedules from well-meaning parents. But they’ve struggled to implement those schedules—partly because the tightly-structured, time-in-seat approach of traditional schools often has more to do with crowd control than optimizing learning. 


Simone Kern| March 24, 2020