7-22-19 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--Murphy Scraps Christie’s Salary Cap for School Superintendents

Nine years after former Gov. Chris Christie limited how much New Jersey superintendents could be paid, his successor ends the restriction

Nine years ago, almost to the day, then-Gov. Chris Christie turned New Jersey school administrative pay on its head when he announced a $175,000 cap on superintendent pay — a figure equal to his own salary.

On Friday, Gov. Phil Murphy — without fanfare — signed into law an end to the cap, an almost inevitable conclusion for a measure that had run its course but also left a lasting mark.


John Mooney | July 22, 2019


NJ Spotlight--New Law Will Require NJ Schools to Teach About Sexual Abuse

New Jersey is latest state to adopt ‘Erin’s Law,’ calling for age-appropriate education on the topic from preschool to 12th grade

Starting this fall, every school district in the state will be required to include age-appropriate sexual abuse and assault awareness education in their curriculum


NJTV News | July 22, 2019


Star Ledger--166 N.J. school districts don’t spend enough money. Is yours one of them?

 New Jersey pours more than $8 billion in state funding into its K-12 classrooms every year, and property owners contribute another $15 billion annually through school taxes.

And yet, somehow, it still isn’t enough money.


Adam Clark | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com and Disha Raychaudhuri | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com| Updated Jul 21, 12:07 PM; Posted Jul 21, 11:00 AM


Star Ledger--There is no maximum salary any longer for NJ school superintendents

Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday signed a bill doing away with a $191,584 cap on school superintendent salaries in New Jersey, killing one of former Gov. Chris Christie’s most controversial education policies.

The law bars the state Department of Education from setting maximum salaries for superintendents while, at the same time, setting guidelines for school executive contracts to limit or standardize bonuses, golden parachutes and other fringe benefits.


Samantha Marcus | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com|  Updated Jul 19, 2019; Posted Jul 19, 2019


Asbury Park Press—How Much Does Your School Spend to Education a Kid?

The average cost per student to educate a New Jersey kid is about $16,000.  But some districts spend a lot more—and a lot less


Susanne Cervenka| July 22, 2019


Education Week--Influential Reading Group Makes It Clear: Students Need Systematic, Explicit Phonics

The International Literacy Association has put out a new brief endorsing "systematic and explicit" phonics in all early reading instruction.


Stephen Sawchuk on July 18, 2019 5:27 PM


Politics K-12 (Education Week)--Cory Booker's Brother, a Failed Charter School, and the Presidential Race

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker's older brother, Cary Booker, has made headlines recently after New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat, hired him for a top education job in the Garden State.


Evie Blad on July 21, 2019 10:05 AM



Edutopia--Study Strategies Beyond Memorization

Using a metacognitive exercise helps students know what they should and shouldn’t study.

Metacognition, or thinking about how one thinks, is a useful skill for improving comprehension and learning. It can be especially useful for review in advance of an assessment. Once students learn how to monitor their own progress and apply specific review strategies based on their needs, they are empowered to effectively and efficiently prepare for assessments. 


Kasey Short| July 17, 2019



NPR--Parents, Sometimes You're The Problem When It Comes To Tech Use

Elise Potts picked up her 17-month-old daughter, Eliza, from daycare recently. When they got home they were greeted by a strange scene.

"My husband ... he's waving his arms around like a crazy man." Potts says. "He has these things in his hands, he has a black box on his face ... and [Eliza] looks and she points, all confused, and she says, 'Daddy?' "

Daddy, it turned out, had a new Oculus virtual reality headset.


Anya Kamenetz| July 21, 20197:01 AM ET