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7-24-19 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--State Fires 30 at Schools Development Authority

Murphy administration also releases three reports into personnel controversies at the SDA under its former CEO Lizette Delgado Polanco

The latest development in the scandal-ridden history of New Jersey’s beleaguered Schools Development Authority came this week with the release of three critical investigative reports, followed by a flurry of firings.


Carly Sitrin | July 24, 2019


Star Ledger--Dozens of state workers fired from N.J. agency after review finds they were improperly hired

The Gov. Phil Murphy administration on Tuesday fired 30 state workers from their jobs at the state’s Schools Development Authority after independent reviews found most were improperly hired by the agency’s former CEO, NJ Advance Media has learned.

Of the 30 people fired, 27 were hired by Lizette Delgado-Polanco, who resigned in April following reports she hired family and friends after she took control of the agency, according to an official familiar with the action who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly about personnel matters.


Matt Arco | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com| Updated Jul 23, 7:46 PM; Posted Jul 23, 12:40 PM


NPR--Offers Pour In To Cover Pa. Students' Meal Debt, But School Officials Not Interested

A public school district in Pennsylvania that faced a national outcry after threatening to place children in foster care over unpaid cafeteria debt has received several offers to pay off the entire delinquent meal tab, but school officials do not seem interested.

In a letter sent on July 9 to about 40 parents in the Wyoming Valley West School District in an effort to collect the debt, officials warned that if it went unpaid, "The result may be your child being taken from your home and placed in foster care."


Bobby Allyn| Heard on Morning Edition| July 24, 20191:33 AM ET


Politics K-12 (Education Week)--Bring Back Anti-Discrimination Guidance on School Discipline, Commission Urges

A new report from the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights wants the Trump administration to essentially reinstate guidance from the Obama administration on how to address disparities in school discipline.

The report, "Beyond Suspensions: Examining School Discipline Policies and Connections to the School-to-Prison Pipeline For Students of Color with Disabilities," calls for the federal education department's civil rights office to continue offering schools direction on how to ensure that students of color, including those with disabilities, aren't disciplined more harshly than their peers.


Corey Mitchell on July 23, 2019 4:43 PM


Edutopia--Why Students Plagiarize

One teacher addresses plagiarism by examining the underlying causes such as a lack of confidence or time management skills.

It’s happening again. I feel the sentence structure at a subdermal level and know I’m confronting plagiarism before my eyes reach the period.


Allison Berryhill| July 23, 2019


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