9-11-19 Education in the News

Star Ledger--N.J. should require schools to hold moment of silence on 9/11, top Democrat says

All New York public schools are now required to hold a moment of silence to mark the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks under a law Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed this week.

Now, as the country commemorates the 18th anniversary of the terrorist attacks Wednesday, New Jersey’s highest-ranking state lawmaker wants Garden State schools to do the same.


Brent Johnson | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com| Updated Sep 10, 11:46 PM; Posted Sep 10, 7:54 PM


NY Times--Spelling Their Way to Success

Four past champions of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on what the competition taught them about hard work, grit and luck.

Back in 1971, the year Jonathan Knisely won the National Spelling Bee, there were no study guides for sale on Amazon and no Facebook groups dedicated to spelling bee study. To prepare, he pored over lists of words from previous bees that his father borrowed from other parents. He beat out 76 competitors to clinch the trophy, $1,000 in cash and a trip to New York City.

This year, a record 562 spellers from ages 7 to 15 competed (against the dictionary, not one another, they like to say) for a $50,000 cash prize and the trip to the Big Apple.


Karen Zraick| Sept. 10, 2019


Washington Post—OP-Ed: Here’s a suggestion for Thursday’s presidential debate: Talk about public education

When Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) and former vice president Joe Biden got into a dispute about busing at the first presidential debate, it felt for five minutes that maybe, just maybe, we would have a wide-ranging discussion about the continuing inequities in public school education. The moment passed quickly.


Helaine Olen| Opinion writer| September 10 at 2:05 PM



Education Week--The Push to Get More Teachers of Color in Special Education Classrooms

8 in 10 Educators Are White, Unlike Students

It's a constant struggle for school districts across the country to find qualified special education teachers. An extra challenge: finding special educators of color to help meet the needs of a student population that can be disproportionately nonwhite.


Madeline Will and Corey Mitchell | September 9, 2019



Chalkbeat--The College Board says it’s tried to reduce inequity in college admissions. A new book argues it hasn’t

It was a small detail tucked inside a March 2014 New York Times Magazine piece titled “The Story Behind the SAT Overhaul.”

The piece profiled the College Board’s new leader, David Coleman, and a suite of initiatives he was introducing to make the test — and the entire college admissions process — fairer. That included sending packets of information to low-income, high-achieving students about college, something that had been shown to push them into more selective universities.


Matt Barnum, Sarah Darville| September 10, 2019


Education Dive--Report: Student attendance depends on 'conditions for learning'

A new report and interactive map displays school and community factors that affect rates of chronic absenteeism.

Educators often say frequent absences are a symptom of another issue in a student’s life. Those issues involve students’ health and safety, a sense of belonging, academic engagement, and students’ and adults’ social and emotional skills, according to a new report from Attendance Works and the American Institutes for Research (AIR). 


Linda Jacobson @lrj417| Published Sept. 10, 2019