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11-19-19 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Screening Reveals 4,500 Kids in NJ Have Elevated Blood-Lead Levels Stricter guidelines help identify four times more children at risk of lead poisoning in 2018 than year before...'

State’s Own Estimate Shows Need for Major Upgrades in Most Abbott Districts Department of Education lists dozens of construction or renovation projects as priorities, even as inadequate infrastructure has been challenged in court...'

NJ Spotlight--Lawmakers Give Up on Marijuana Legislation, Will Seek Voter OK Instead Democratic leaders said they did not have the votes, now looking to a November 2020 referendum...'

Star Ledger--N.J. should outlaw absurd school lunch shaming, lawmakers say...'

Education Week--10 Simple Steps for Reducing Toxic Stress in the Classroom As the brain science on adverse childhood experiences evolves, teaching must, too More and more teachers recognize that children who can’t sit still in class, act out, or have asthma may be showing warning signs of a toxic exposure to childhood trauma...'

Education Dive--Beyond NAEP: Experts look for ways to address US 'reading crisis' A new Educational Testing Service report recommends ways assessments can better diagnose gaps in knowledge and improve learning...'

11-18-19 Education in the News
Star Ledger--Marvel exec donates $500K to his N.J. high school You could say it’s a superhero in action. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige donated $500,000 to his alma mater’s new television studio, Superintendent Margaret Dolan announced at Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting...'

Education Week--Should Schools Be Able to Detect Every Would-Be Shooter? Though many details remain in flux about the tragic shooting at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, Calif., the most critical of all remained unanswered late Friday: What provoked the violence?...'

Education Dive--Teacher survey: Lawmakers 'not doing enough' to prevent school shootings Findings from a Fishbowl survey of 1,067 teachers show an overwhelming majority (87%) believe lawmakers are not doing enough to prevent school shootings...'

11-15-19 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Taking Inventory Seen as First Step in Legislative Fix for NJ’s Lead Issues Measure calls for statewide inventory of lead service lines and 10-year replacement plan, but input from lawmakers, interest groups could change it significantly...'

Star Ledger—Op-Ed: The state shouldn’t obstruct plans to power schools with solar energy, education group says For more than a decade, New Jersey has promoted and implemented energy policies that created a vibrant solar energy market. Our public schools have seized this opportunity and collectively developed more than 600 solar energy projects that save money for local taxpayers...'

NPR--Activists Protest USDA Changes That Threaten Free School Lunch...'

Education Dive--Report: More students with disabilities attending charter schools Students with special needs are still less likely to attend charter schools than traditional district schools, but the difference has declined over the past 10 years, according to a new National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools’ analysis of the U.S. Department of Education’s Civil Rights Data Collection...'

Edutopia--A Framework for Student Goal-Setting When middle and high school students set short- and long-term goals, they can see a path to the success they hope for...'

11-14-19 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Ending ‘Lunch Shaming’ in NJ Schools: Lawmakers Propose Funding Remedy Proposal would appropriate state funds to cover the full cost of reduced-price school breakfasts and lunches...'

Education Week--TikTok: Powerful Teaching Tool or Classroom Management Nightmare?...'

NJ Spotlight--Bills in Both Houses Would Tighten Restrictions on Vaping, E-Cigs Proposals would outlaw all flavored tobacco and e-cigarettes, including menthol, implement other recommendations of governor’s vaping task force...'

11-13-19 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Education Law Center Back in Court Seeking Money for New Abbott Schools It’s the first court action since 2017 for the group, which has a 40-year history of pressing a school-equity agenda...'

Star Ledger--N.J. teacher: Dump standardized tests Ikechukwu Onyema agrees with Seton Hall's Christopher Tienken that standardized tests are, at best, are a blunt instrument...'

NPR--How Schools Are Using The Trump Impeachment Inquiry As A Teachable Moment For the fourth time in history, Congress is considering impeaching the president of the United States. For teachers around the country, it's an opportunity to explore concepts and skills that are often relegated to textbooks...'

Education Week--What We're Getting Wrong About Gifted Education We're leaving out a large swath of students with a high potential...'

Chalkbeat--High school can be rough. These Colorado teens are making it easier for their peers to get help. School shootings seemed to be forever in the headlines. There was only only one counselor at the high school. And there were whispers about a student who had a panic attack in a school bathroom...'

Education Dive--Districts, thousands of educators affected by Supreme Court DACA case With SCOTUS deliberations starting Tuesday on President Donald Trump's rescission of the program, experts say ending DACA could have a "chilling effect" on K-12 students and educators...'

11-12-19 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Tech Addiction Is Real; Doctors Begin to Identify Symptoms, Behaviors Little data is currently available about addiction to social media or online shopping, but medical providers are mapping out parameters, experimenting with treatments The internet has many benefits, but it has also led to full-blown addictions for a small number of users who have allowed social media, videogaming and other online activities to shred the fabric of their daily lives, according to mental health experts...'

Education Week--Screen Time Up as Reading Scores Drop. Is There a Link? American students have never had more access to digital devices for reading in and out of school. Now emerging research and troubling results on the test dubbed the Nation’s Report Card raise questions about what effect all this digital access could have on students’ longterm reading skills...'

Education Dive--Study: Summer school for EL students could boost 4-year graduation rates A summer school program for high school English learners who have lived in the U.S. for less than three years increased the number of core courses those students took that are required for graduation. But the program had little impact on four- and five-year graduation rates, according to a study in the American Educational Research Journal...'

11-11-19 Education in the News
NPR--Experts Worry Active Shooter Drills In Schools Could Be Traumatic For Students A regular drumbeat of mass shootings in the U.S., both inside schools and out, has ramped up pressure on education and law enforcement officials to do all they can to prevent the next attack...'

Education Week--More Than 50,000 School Buses to Be Recalled for Safety Concerns The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced a recall that could impact nearly 54,000 school buses. That's 11 percent of the 480,000 school buses on the road nationally...'

11-8-19 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--The List: What To Expect During Lame-Duck Legislative Session With Election Day receding in the mirror, Assembly speaker assesses what might happen during the closing days of this term...'

Star Ledger--Mom starts petition to add cameras to school buses after alleged attack on son The mother of a Brick Township School District student she said was attacked on a school bus has started an online petition to add security cameras to buses...'

Press of Atlantic City--Local educators want to get the most out of annual NJEA convention ATLANTIC CITY — Looking for a teacher this week? Try the Atlantic City Convention Center...'

NPR--Math Looks The Same In The Brains Of Boys And Girls, Study Finds There's new evidence that girls start out with the same math abilities as boys...'

Education Week--Most School Shooters Showed Many Warning Signs, Secret Service Report Finds Most of the violent attacks in schools over the past decade were committed by students who telegraphed their intentions beforehand—and could have been prevented, a new report from the U.S. Secret Service concludes...'

Politics K-12 (Education Week)--ESSA Strategy Guide Says 'Lighter Lift' Should Be an Option for School Leaders By now, there are a host of recommendations and blueprints available to school leaders when it comes to implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act. But a study released last month suggests that when it comes to using evidence to improve schools, state and local leaders don't always have to go for the most demanding option...'

11-7-19 Education in the News
The Record--Schools 'in a bind': Here are the decisions facing NJ schools as lunch debt becomes growing issue...' Education Week--Data: Here's What Educators Think About Personalized Learning Exclusive national survey shows teachers view personalized learning as good in theory, but hard in practice...'

Education Dive--5 big challenges confronting districts — and how they're overcoming them Balancing school security with a nurturing environment and recovering from teacher strikes are among challenges districts will continue to face in the coming year...'

Edutopia--How to Get Started Teaching Coding A three-step plan to help teachers in any subject and any grade teach the foundations of coding...'

11-6-19 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Coding in Kindergarten? NJ Says It’s Never Too Early for Computer Science Governor announces five-point plan that will put computers and STEM technology in every grade, starting with the youngest Gov. Phil Murphy wants to amp up computer science instruction, even in kindergarten...'

The Atlantic--The Power of a Wealthy PTA Thanks to parents’ donations, some public schools can afford shiny extras like coding classes, camping trips, and classroom iPads...'

Edutopia--Helping Students Pick a Unique College Admission Essay Topic Many college admission essays are the same, but these exercises can help students find topics that make them stand out...'

11-5-19 Education in the News
ABC News--As states cut vaccine exemptions, skeptical parents may switch tactics When Vermont became the first state in the nation to eliminate personal belief exemptions for vaccines in 2016, some wondered if parents would claim religious exemptions instead, regardless of whether or not they were religious. Three years later, there’s data to support that theory...'

NPR--It's A Smartphone Life: More Than Half Of U.S. Children Now Have One Just over half of children in the United States — 53 percent — now own a smartphone by the age of 11. And 84 percent of teenagers now have their own phones, immersing themselves in a rich and complex world of experiences that adults sometimes need a lot of decoding to understand...'

The Atlantic--Stop Trying to Raise Successful Kids And start raising kind ones...'

Education Week--Where Do Teens Learn About Vaping? Social Media, Report Finds How are teens finding out about vaping? Social media is a major source, according to a new poll published Monday by Common Sense Media, a San Francisco based non-profit that studies the impact of technology on children and young people...'

Chalkbeat--With Gates foundation grant, New York State begins reviewing its diploma requirements Monday marked the official start of a two-year process that could change how New York students earn high school diplomas — an undertaking that might include overhauling or eliminating the state’s vaunted Regents exit exam...'

11-4-19 Education in the News
Star Ledger—Op-Ed--No girls were allowed. And that’s the problem, the boy says. When a high school simulation of New Jersey government highlights gender exclusion of females, we’re in trouble. The ramifications reach beyond our state, to the effectiveness of our government and productivity of our entire country...'

Star Ledger--Higher taxes or depressed kids? Should N.J. voters really have to choose? Would you rather raise your own taxes or live in a community full of children who aren’t getting mental health services they need? For voters in two New Jersey communities, this isn’t a rhetorical question...'

Education Week--The Latino Teacher-Student Divide: 5 Steps to Close the Gap Latino students are the largest ethnic group in U.S. public schools, representing 25 percent of the overall population. Yet, Latinos make up only 9 percent of the nation's teaching corps...'

Education Dive--Standardized tests still a big factor in college admissions, report finds That may not be the case in the future as gradually fewer administrators consider ACT and SAT scores amid a growing push to end the practice...'

Edutopia--Assessing Social and Emotional Learning A review of three types of SEL assessment, with suggestions for ways to collect and report student growth to families...'

The Hechinger Report--OPINION: Separating gifted children hasn’t led to better achievement The inherent dangers in telling students that their abilities are fixed...'

11-1-19 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--State Hospitals Gather Data to Dispel Smoke About Vaping, E-cigs As the number of teens and pre-teens vaping and using e-cigarettes continues to spike, some 70 hospitals across the state pool information and diagnoses...'

NY Times--Reading Scores on National Exam Decline in Half the States The results of the test, which assesses a sample of fourth- and eighth-grade students, will inevitably prompt demands for policy change...'

Education Week--Stop Devaluing the Wisdom of Teachers. Researchers Don't Have a Monopoly on Evidence Scientific evidence is not the only source of knowledge...'

Education Dive--Is this the end of end-of-year testing? Some states and districts are using other methods to arrive at a "summative" score...'

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The Special Education Task Force Report was released  in November 2015. GSCS, a Task Force member,  looks forward to discussion on this important topic under the Murphy administration.  See below for a link to the report.

Final Report of NJ Task Force on Improving Special Education for Public School Students


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