9-23-19 Education in the News

Star Ledger--Voters to decide on $190M in school spending this week. What you need to know.

Tuesday is decision day for voters in nine New Jersey public school districts seeking approvals for construction projects, ranging from full-day kindergarten and building a junior high school to improving security and replacing a roof.

While voters are being asked to approve nearly $189.9 million in spending, state aid would cover more than 31% of the total cost.


Rob Jennings | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com| Posted Sep 22, 2:20 PM



The Record—Helping Students Manage Stress is the Best Lesson of All

Educators in New Jersey are focusing on giving students coping skills so they can handle academic pressures and get more out of their class time


Cindy Schweich Handler|September 23, 2019



New York Times--Poor Schools Keep Getting Crushed in Football. Is It Time to Level the Playing Field?

 DES MOINES — An hour before kickoff at a game this month at Hoover High School, the opposing football team, Indianola High, pulled up and unloaded the large video monitor that would let its coaching staff analyze plays, moment by moment, throughout the game. The coaches at Hoover High, where most students qualify for free or reduced-price meals, would have to make do with watching the old-fashioned way. Another loss, a Hoover student told the principal, seemed imminent.


 Timothy Williams| Sept. 22, 2019


The Atlantic--How to Keep Teachers From Leaving the Profession

After 38 years in education, Judith Harper thinks what teachers are missing is more time to learn from one another.


Kristina Rizga| Sep 19, 2019



Education Week--How Teachers Can Address Politics at School 'When the World Is on Fire'

How can teachers help their students navigate today's fraught political climate?

That's a central question in Teaching When the World Is on Fire, a collection of essays from teachers, principals, and other educators, edited by Lisa Delpit.


Sarah Schwartz| September 17, 2019



The Hechinger Report--An analysis of achievement gaps in every school in America shows that poverty is the biggest hurdle

A Stanford study finds that racial segregation matters because black and Hispanic students are concentrated in high poverty schools

This screenshot from the Opportunity Explorer shows test score growth for students at each school from 2009 to 2016. The darker the green dot, the more that students learn in each grade above the national average. Blue dots are where students learn less in each grade than the national average. There are big gaps in both test scores and rates of learning between white and black students in Atlanta, a city where there is a high level of racial and economic segregation of schools. Opportunity Explorer, Stanford Education Data Archive

Here’s a tale of three cities: Atlanta, New York and Detroit.


Jill Barshay| September 23, 2019