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8-15-19 Education in the News

Chalkbeat (viaNJ Spotlight)--New Contract to Raise Newark Teacher Salaries, End Performance Pay

Pay-for-performance provisions, hailed as groundbreaking when introduced in 2012, are being eliminated

Under a contract deal, Newark teachers will get annual raises and also will no longer be paid based in part on their students’ test scores, according to union documents released Tuesday.


Patrick Wall | Chalkbeat | August 15, 2019



Star Ledger--These are N.J.'s top 21 teachers of the year. See who made the list

They’re highly skilled, compassionate and dedicated to education. Now, they’ve been recognized among New Jersey’s best.

The state Department of Education on Wednesday announced the 21 finalists for its Teacher of The Year award, including one teacher from each of the state’s 21 counties.

“These teachers reflect the exemplary quality of educational leadership that we see throughout our state," Gov. Phil Murphy said.


Adam Clark | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com| Updated Aug 14, 5:34 PM; Posted Aug 14, 12:31 PM


Philadelphia Inquirer--Students with a $20 lunch debt won’t get a school lunch, N.J. district proposes

The Cherry Hill school district is considering a stricter policy for students who don’t pay their overdue lunch bills. After the first $10 in debt: Their lunch will be a tuna fish sandwich. Those who owe $20 or more will get no lunch at all until the debt is paid.

Assistant Superintendent Lynn Shugars unveiled a proposal to tweak the district’s tuna fish sandwich policy at a school board meeting Tuesday night, citing a $14,343 meal debt incurred by about 343 students in the South Jersey school district. She said the district opted for tuna fish over peanut butter “because we know that our little ones would probably very happily eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches until the end of time.”


Melanie Burney, Updated: August 14, 2019- 7:03 PM



NY Times--How a State Plans to Turn Coal Country Into Coding Country

Driven by a tech-industry vision of rural economic revival, Wyoming is requiring all of its K-12 public schools to offer computer science.

SHERIDAN, Wyo. — The soldiers were about to storm the fortress when they suddenly went still. James Smith, 17, and his teacher, Shirley Coulter, squinted at the desktop monitor.


Dana Goldstein| Aug. 10, 2019



Politics K-12 (Education Week)--Congress' Research Arm Explores Why ESSA's Spending Pilot Has Been Snubbed

The Every Student Succeeds Act's brand depends largely on the flexibility it provides states and districts. Yet one of ways it was designed to provide schools more freedom, in this case for funding systems, has been almost totally ignored. Now the Congressional Research Service has identified possible reasons for that. One potential culprit? Father Time.


Andrew Ujifusa on August 14, 2019 12:00 PM


Education Dive--Is time up on standardized tests for college admissions?

More institutions aren't requiring applicants to submit ACT and SAT scores, but their reasons for doing so and how they are assessing students instead vary.


Wayne D'Orio| Aug. 13, 2019



The Hechinger Report—Column: The cost of going back to school keeps rising

But the school supplies list should always have room for Toni Morrison

Index cards — check. Pencils — check. Three-ring binder — check. Copy of Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye” — check.

Parents, you’ll be paying a little bit more this year for school supplies, so please prioritize the essentials. According to the 2019 annual survey on school supply spending by the National Retail Federation, a retail trade association, and the research group, Prosper Insights and Analytics, families of children in elementary through high school will spend nearly $700 on average throughout the academic year, up approximately $12 from last year’s estimates.


Andre Perry| August 13, 2019


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