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3-27-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Just the FAQs: What the State DOE Is Telling Schools About COVID-19 The NJ Department of Education has been busy issuing guidance on numerous ways schools need to meet challenges of the coronavirus epidemic...'

Star Ledger--N.J. extends statewide school closure to at least April 17, virtual learning will continue New Jersey’s schools will remain closed through at least April 17 as the state grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Thursday...'

Jersey Journal--Some parents in Jersey City wonder how long-term shutdown will impact learning As parents and teachers continue to adjust the new normal of home instruction, questions grow about the long-term viability of the educational format...'

Education Week--Flood of Online Learning Resources Overwhelms Teachers Teachers are overwhelmed by the flood of online educational resources on social media since schools across the country began a rapid and unexpected transition to remote learning in response to the coronavirus pandemic...'

Education Week--'Know and Trust Your Judgment': Being the Superintendent in the Coronavirus Crisis Nearly all the nation's schools may be closed, but it has not stopped tens of thousands of superintendents from working round the clock to arrange social services and meals for students and stand up some kind of distance learning program...'

Chalkbeat--Money for technology, cleaning, summer learning: What the coronavirus stimulus bill means for schools...'

3-26-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--COVID-19 Hammers Public-Worker Pension System, Sheds $6B Since First of Year Returns likely down more than 10% in the current fiscal year, but Treasury says it has no plans to skip upcoming pension contributions...'

NJ Spotlight--Assembly Passes Five Emergency Measures at First Remote Session Gov. Phil Murphy signs bill to expand state’s temporary disability, family leave insurance programs to cover novel coronavirus outbreak...'

NJ Spotlight--School’s Out: Managing Remote Learning During COVID-19 Don't miss this first virtual roundtable from NJ Spotlight and NJTV News exploring the new normal for educators all across the state...'

Star Ledger--N.J. canceled standardized tests, but some students might take them anyway. Here’s why.

New Jersey canceled standardized testing, but some students could end up taking the exams anyway...'

Politics K-12 (viaEducation Week)--Coronavirus Fears Lead School Districts to Halt or Make Changes to Children's Food Services...'

Politics K-12 (via Education Week)--Groups Urge DeVos to Pause Title IX Rulemaking as Schools Face Coronavirus A coalition of advocacy and education groups urged federal officials Wednesday to pause efforts to rewrite regulations on responding to sexual harassment and sexual assault in K-12 schools, colleges, and universities as the nation confronts the coronavirus pandemic...'

Education Dive--Pandemic could lead to 'major upheaval' in school district budgets Protecting reserves and avoiding promotions are two steps leaders can take to prepare for a drop in revenue, experts say...'

The Hechinger Report--Helping kids who are feeling isolated and anxious after schools shut down Experts suggest finding other ways to connect, including video conferences and even snail mail...'

3-25-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Amid COVID-19 Crisis, NJ Seeks Pass on Student Test Requirement Governor also says he is unsure how long schools will remain closed in favor of remote learning Gov. Phil Murphy settled one question Tuesday for New Jersey’s 2,500 public schools and 1.4 million students in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic — but left plenty unanswered...'

Star Ledger--Nobody knows when N.J. schools will reopen. How much will students suffer?...'

South Jersey Times (via Star Ledger)--N.J school chiefs step up forCOVID-19 challenges    Opinion...'

Asbury Park Press--Coronavirus NJ: Remote learning means layoffs for hundreds of school employees...'

Politics K-12 (vis Education Week)--Trump, Asked About Timelines, Says School Closures 'Up to the Governors' Asked about state's decisions to close schools in response to the coronavirus, President Donald Trump said Monday that those decisions are "going to be up to the governors" and that, in some states, "the schools are going to be open."...'

Chalkbeat--The coronavirus double whammy: School closures, economic downturn could derail student learning, research shows The new coronavirus has closed schools for weeks, and in some places for the rest of the academic year. Thousands of parents have already lost their jobs. And many believe a recession is on the way. That’s a cocktail with the potential for harmful, long-lasting effects on students, research suggests...'

Edutopia--Why Learning at Home Should be Less Structured—and More Authentic...'

3-24-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--School Closures Hit Parents of Kids with Special Needs Especially Hard One woman is getting remote support from her son’s teachers, but she says most days her family is in ‘survival mode’...'

NJ Spotlight--As COVID-19 Heats Up, Governor Puts $1B in Planned Spending in Deep Freeze Social-distancing measures have sent consumer spending into a tailspin, a sharp downturn felt all across the state economy that’s reducing revenues in all sectors...'

Star Ledger--Expect N.J. schools to be closed for ‘extended period of time’ during coronavirus outbreak, Gov. Murphy says Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday that New Jersey residents should expect all schools in the state to remain closed for a “long and extended period of time” due to the coronavirus outbreak, though no timetable has been determined...'

Philadelphia Inquirer--Pa. schools close till April 6; long-term closures expected elsewhere amid coronavirus outbreak As the number of coronavirus cases balloons around the country and across the region, schools are bracing for longer-term closures...'

NPR--Education Dept. Says Disability Laws Shouldn't Get In The Way Of Online Learning As classes move online, many schools fear students with disabilities could be left behind, in violation of federal laws. The Education Department calls this reading of the law "a serious misunderstanding."...'

Politics K-12 (via Education Week)--The Education World Wants a Coronavirus Stimulus. What Would Help the Most?...'

Education Dive--Educators 'scrambling' to continue special ed services as nearly all states close schools U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said it was "extremely disappointing" districts opted to close without remote learning "out of fear" they would be unable to serve students with disabilities...'

3-23-20 Education in the News
Star Ledger--Should N.J. cancel standardized tests because of the coronavirus? The Trump administration gave its blessing. Several states have already taken action. And soon New Jersey will have to make its own decision...'

Star Ledger--Trump gave states permission to cancel standardized tests for this school year President Donald Trump announced Friday during a White House briefing that he is allowing states to cancel standardized testing for this school year, citing the disruptions caused to regular life by the coronavirus pandemic...'

Star Ledger--Here’s what N.J. kids really think about school from home...'

NPR--Graduation, Financial Aid, Admissions — For This Year's College-Bound, The Future Is In Turmoil...'

Education Week--Districts Brace for Crash in State K-12 Revenue Due to Coronavirus School districts should brace for a precipitous drop in state K-12 aid next year because of the coronavirus’s widespread impact on the economy—and they should start preparing now, funding experts warn...'

Chalkbeat--AP exams this year: 45 minutes, online, and focused on early-year content Students in Advanced Placement classes will be able to take the end-of-course exams, the College Board announced Friday — but the tests will look very different than usual...'

Edutopia--Apps for Students With Special Needs—As School Buildings Shutter The coronavirus creates a unique challenge for special needs students—educators share recommendations for apps to support learning at home...'

3-20-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Making Sure NJ’s Special-Needs Students Are Served During School Closures The statewide closure of New Jersey schools has been front and center in many COVID-19 discussions, its impact on teaching and learning unprecedented. There may be no better indicator of the urgency of these concerns than the conversations about how the state’s roughly 200,000 special-needs students will continue to be served...'

Star Ledger--Should N.J. allow virtual school days during blizzards? Lawmakers think so. New Jersey is less than a week into its experiment with virtual school days, but state lawmakers are already prepared to make them a staple of future emergency situations...'

Star Ledger--Which New Jersey schools have connections with coronavirus cases? We list them...'

Star Ledger--Senate passes NJEA-backed health care overhaul for Jersey teachers The state Senate on Thursday approved a plan to overhaul health insurance plans for New Jersey teachers, the result of an improbable deal between rival leaders of the Senate and the powerful teachers union...'

Asbury Park Press--Even small gatherings a bad idea for children during outbreak of coronavirus, NJ experts say In at least one North Jersey district, the closure of schools due to coronavirus came with a plea to parents: please discourage your children from gathering in fields and playgrounds...'

NPR--'Panic-gogy': Teaching Online Classes During The Coronavirus Pandemic As colleges across the country pivot online on very short notice, there are a host of complications — from laptops and Internet access to mental health and financial needs. Digital learning experts have some surprising advice: do less...'

Politics K-12 (via Education Week)--Senate Coronavirus Bill Would Give DeVos Sweeping Power to Waive Education Law U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos would be given broad power to waive the main federal law for public schools, under emergency coronavirus legislation introduced Thursday by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky...'

3-19-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Just the FAQs: What the State DOE Is Telling Schools About COVID-19 The NJ Department of Education has been busy issuing guidance on numerous ways schools need to meet challenges of coronavirus epidemic...'

Star Ledger--N.J. schools’ biggest challenge? Providing special education from home. Benjamin De Simone can’t talk. He can’t walk. He can’t stand on his own. But he can go to school...'

Philadelphia Inquirer--As coronavirus closes schools, wealthier districts send laptops home with students. What about poorer districts?...'

Press of Atlantic City--Parents using social media for support, connection during school closures...'

NPR--Yes, You Can Take Your Kids For A Walk Pediatricians say families should get outside, but avoid playgrounds where kids come into close contact with one another...'

Education Week--'There Is No Guidebook': Being the Principal in the Age of Coronavirus Virtual calming corners for students. Online staff hangouts instead of in-person team meetings. Student advisory groups on Zoom. Video morning greetings for students. This is what the principal's job is looking like right now in the age of coronavirus...'

Chalkbeat--Pressure mounts for feds to drop state testing requirements amid widespread school closures What once seemed improbable now seems inevitable...'

Education Dive--Testing disruption could have short- and long-term impacts Extending testing windows and holding schools harmless in accountability systems for this year are among the scenarios states are facing...'

The Hechinger Report--Stuck at home with young kids due to the coronavirus? Here’s what to do—and not to do...'

3-18-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Learning About Teaching Anew in a Suddenly Changed World With schools closed by the coronavirus restrictions, the NJEA puts extensive guidance online, fielding questions as they arise...'

New York Times--Is Closing the Schools a Good Idea? Weighing the advantages gained in slowing down coronavirus transmission versus the problems such closures create...'

NPR--Coronavirus Triple Duty: Working, Parenting, And Teaching From Home...'

Education Week--Coronavirus Throws Spring Testing Into Disarray Coronavirus, already upending the schooling of millions of U.S. students, is poised to wreak widespread havoc on spring testing, a disruption that will affect dozens of important decisions, from teacher evaluation and 3rd grade promotion to the way schools measure and report their progress to the public. The virus has also thrown college-admissions testing into disarray in hundreds of cities...'

Politics K-12 (via Education Week)--Democrats Unveil $3 Billion Coronavirus Aid Package for Education Leading Democrats on congressional education committees have introduced an emergency aid package to help K-12 schools and colleges and universities deal with the spread of the coronavirus, which has triggered a mass closure of schools across the country...'

Chalkbeat--A day without school: What life looks like across America when children stay home It was a Tuesday like no other. Crosswalks were empty. Children’s backpacks and lunch boxes sat unused. Yellow buses weren’t rumbling down many streets, and school doors didn’t swing open at dismissal...'

3-17-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Murphy Mandates Extensive Closures, Mobilizes National Guard in Race to Slow Coronavirus COVID-19 cases spike in NJ, governor rolls out new orders, says ‘We don’t panic, but we realize it’s no longer time for business as usual’...'

NJ Spotlight--School Districts Plan and Prepare for Wednesday’s Statewide Shutdown Commissioner Repollet confident transfer to distance learning will be made on time, while students in free breakfast, lunch programs won’t miss a meal...'

Star Ledger--Municipal governments, school boards try to meet deadlines despite coronavirus pandemic Municipal governments and boards of education throughout Hudson County are scrambling to maintain critical services and meet deadlines amid the coronavirus pandemic...'

Star Ledger--Stressed parents are lining up for Chromebooks. School in the age of coronavirus...'

Star Ledger--Here’s what NJEA’s big health care deal with Senate president would do for teachers The average New Jersey teacher could see their health care premiums reduced to 2.8 percent of their salary through a proposed deal that rewards teachers for choosing lower-cost health insurance in order to save state and local tax dollars...'

The Record--NJ school districts enter day one of remote learning amid coronavirus shutdowns...'

Education Week--SAT and ACT college tests canceled because of virus fears Spring dates for college placement tests are being rescheduled or postponed amid concerns about the coronavirus, while high school seniors may be allowed to take Advanced Placement exams to earn college credit from home...'

The Hechinger Report--Ready or not, a new era of homeschooling has begun As coronavirus concerns shutter school around the world, will poor students be left behind?...'

3-16-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Murphy Expected to Close Schools Statewide Today Due to Coronavirus Governor wanted to resolve ‘lots of unintended consequences we have to be sure to get out ahead of’ before making announcement On Friday, a statewide school closure was an “inevitability.” On Saturday, “imminent.” And Sunday, one more day...'

Star Ledger--All New Jersey schools will likely be ordered Monday to close because of coronavirus, governor says Gov. Phil Murphy said he is likely to announce Monday he’s ordering all of New Jersey’s schools — public and private — be shut down to minimize exposure to the coronavirus...'

Star Ledger--As schools close, coronavirus makes us parents, teachers and workers, all at once. Help! Daniela Bosco is planning to set up her dining room table as a triage center, she said, for her to work from home and her three kids to be homeschooled...'

NY TimesAdministration Offers Guidance to Schools as They Shut Down on Their Own Facing pressure from parents, conflicting messages from experts and initial silence from the federal government, superintendents began making their own decisions to close...'

The Record--NJ employees, students may get help from state to deal with fallout from coronavirus Public school students, businesses and their employees would be protected from the impacts of coronavirus under a group of 20 bills lawmakers say they will fast-track through the New Jersey Assembly on Monday...'

Washington Post--Parenting during coronavirus: What to know about play dates, education and more If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed and struggling to keep up with the ever-growing list of cancellations, closures and other news surrounding the novel coronavirus, we feel you...'

Education Week--Coronavirus Might Upend State Laws on School Year's Length and Timing As more states and districts shut down in response to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, the prospect that K-12 schools will be closed for weeks or months could severely test state laws that govern how many days public schools must be in session and when they must stop and start. And that scenario could leave major questions around how much education funding goes out to schools hanging in the balance...'

NPR--Coronavirus And Parenting: What You Need To Know Now The coronavirus is raising a lot of questions for parents, like what does it mean to work from home while parenting young children?...'

Edutopia--During Coronavirus, a Teacher Describes the Scramble to Go Digital In Bergen County, New Jersey, just outside New York City, a school closure pushes teachers to confront the challenges of online learning...'

Problems What the new School Performance Reports from state Department of Education reveal about violence, vandalism and bullying in our public schools...'

3-13-20 Education in the News
All 75 Bergen County public school districts closing, moving to online learning as coronavirus grows All 75 Bergen County school districts will close and use online learning in an effort to stave off the growing coronavirus pandemic, County Executive James Tedesco announced Thursday night...'

Star Ledger--We can’t go online, parents say. How will our kids learn if coronavirus closes school? For some parents like Lynda Dellipoali, affording a computer is not a possibility right now...'

Star Ledger--SAT testing postponed at more than a dozen N.J. locations due to coronavirus concerns SAT testing has been cancelled in more than a dozen N.J. locations this weekend and many have not announced a make-up date.EJA...'

Chalkbeat--Closed schools could get OK to not give state tests amid coronavirus, ed department says States might be able to scrap their required annual tests for closed schools, the federal education department said Thursday, as concerns about the coronavirus swept the country...'

Edutopia--During Coronavirus, a Teacher Describes the Scramble to Go Digital In Bergen County, New Jersey, just outside New York City, a school closure pushes teachers to confront the challenges of online learning...'

Chalkbeat--Schools that go ‘remote’ for coronavirus must keep serving students with disabilities. Can any really do it?...'

Education Week--To Close or Not? How Superintendents Decide to Shut Down Schools With COVID-19 continuing to spread throughout the United States, thousands of superintendents are suddenly becoming fluent in a peculiar new idiom: that of “social distancing” and “flattening the curve” of infection to prevent overwhelming medical facilities. Increasingly, they’re faced with the tough decision of if and when they should decide to close their schools to stave off transmission...'

Chalkbeat--Coronavirus and schools: Here’s what you need to know, plus all our latest local coverage The coronavirus outbreak is changing the daily reality for schools and students across the country. We’re working to help you keep track of what’s happening. Here’s the latest. First, the basics...'

NPR--States Begin Widespread School Closures To Fight Coronavirus Officials in Maryland, Michigan, New Mexico, Ohio and Oregon have announced that schools in their states will be closed for several weeks amid concerns about the coronavirus. The statewide closures come after many school districts and dozens of colleges and universities have temporarily closed because of the COVID-19 disease...'

NJ Spotlight--Latest Data Underlines New Jersey’s Status as Best in US for Student-to-Teacher Ratio Data from new School Performance Reports also shows widely varying results in English Language Arts tests and math tests...'

NJ Spotlight--Lawmakers, Advocates Navigate Around Virus Concerns at Budget Hearing Nonprofits, school districts, businesses make their case before committee on campus of Rowan University in Glassboro...'

3-12-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--The State of the State’s High Schools: Graduation Rates and Beyond New Jersey’s high school graduation rate has long been the envy of the nation, topping 90% statewide — one of the highest in the country...'

NJ Spotlight--Experience with Virtual Snow Days Helps NJ School Prepare for COVID-19 Closures At Pascack Valley, learning from past lessons with winter white-outs gives school leaders critical guidance when planning for possible health-related shutdowns...'

Star Ledger--Teachers health benefits overhaul backed by NJEA could happen quickly, Sweeney says State Senate President Stephen Sweeney said Wednesday that legislation overhauling health care benefits for New Jersey teachers, the result of a watershed deal with New Jersey’s most powerful teachers union, could be ready by the end of the week...'

Star Ledger--N.J. schools feed about 500K kids for free. What happens if coronavirus closes them?...'

Star Ledger—Op-Ed--Coronavirus closures will disproportionately affect students who rely on school lunch, internet, legislator says In New Jersey, in both urban and rural communities, many students are food insecure, don't have access to a digital device beyond a smartphone, don't have the ability to access a device allowing them to interact with teachers and don't have reliable internet, says Assemblywoman Mila Jasey...'

NPR--When Should Schools Close For Coronavirus? The spread of coronavirus has compelled hundreds of K-12 schools in the U.S. to close, affecting more than 850,000 students, according to an analysis by Education Week. And those numbers are certain to increase in the coming days, as concerned parents call for more school closures...'

Education Week--If Coronavirus Closes School, Who Gets Paid and How?...'

Politics K-12 (via Education Week) Lawmakers Seek to Protect Access to School Meals Amid Coronavirus Outbreak Members of Congress have introduced bills designed to ensure that students who rely on federally subsidized school meals can still receive them amid school closures related to the spread of novel coronavirus...'

Chalkbeat--Amid the coronavirus outbreak, Asian-American students like my son face racist taunting. Let’s change that. Incidents of racist bullying targeting Asian-American students have been reported amid the new coronavirus outbreak...'

Education Dive--House committee introducing meal assistance bills for schools affected by coronavirus closures Members of the House Committee on Education and Labor are introducing today three proposals for meal assistance for schools closed or transitioned to remote learning due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. An aide says the proposals are expected to pass the full House...'

The Hechinger Report--Coronavirus is poised to inflame inequality in schools Schools are not ready to take education entirely online...'

3-11-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Lawmakers Embark on State Budget Process With First in Series of Hearings Some push for Legislature to embrace governor’s call for a true millionaires tax, amid pushback from committee chair Sarlo...'

The Atlantic--What Could Happen if the Coronavirus Closed Schools for Days, Weeks, or Even Months We can get a sense of what to expect from Hong Kong, where students have already been out of school for more than a month...'

Education Week--Shut Down by Coronavirus, Schools Scramble to Feed Students With school closures stemming from the novel coronavirus escalating, school leaders across the country must wrestle with another dilemma: if schools shut down, their students may not have access to meals...'

Chalkbeat--Here’s what we know about children, infection rates, and COVID-19...'

3-10-20 Education in the News
New Jersey Spotlight--Coronavirus: As Murphy Declares State of Emergency, Officials Focus on Mitigation, Containment Number of cases and transmission patterns said to not yet warrant statewide bans and closures...'

Press of Atlantic City--NJ officials to update public on coronavirus Tuesday State officials have scheduled a briefing at noon Tuesday to discuss developments as COVID-19 cases spread across the state...'

NJ Spotlight--NJ Teachers Closer to Seeing Concessions on How They Contribute to Health-Care Costs New Jersey teachers appear to be poised to win a long-sought concession from the state that would significantly change the way they contribute to their health-insurance costs...'

NJ Spotlight--Across NJ, Educators Prepare for Virtual Teaching if COVID-19 Closes Schools Department of Education directive tasks local districts with creating preparedness plans in case schools are closed by public health authorities...'

N.J. coronavirus update: Here are the schools and colleges that are closing or altering schedules With the announcement Monday afternoon that the number of coronavirus cases in New Jersey jumped to 11, many school districts have announced closures or early dismissals to figure out how to deal with the disease...'

Star Ledger--N.J. has declared a state of emergency as coronavirus cases continue to mount. What does it mean? The state of New Jersey will be able to employ more resources to help municipalities respond to the coronavirus outbreak, which has infected 11 people in N.J. and nearly 110,000 people worldwide, now that Gov. Phil Murphy has declared a state of emergency...'

The Record--Semi-rural North Jersey school districts will again see cuts in state education aid School districts in western Passaic and Morris counties are facing a tumultuous start to 2020-21 budget discussions, as Gov. Phil Murphy’s new spending plan mandates six- and seven-figure state aid cuts for semi-rural communities throughout North Jersey...'

Chalkbeat--To close or not to close: As schools weigh tradeoffs in light of coronavirus, here’s what research says Over 500 schools across the country have closed due to the new coronavirus, according to a running tally by Education Week. That’s a tiny fraction of America’s 130,000-plus K-12 schools, but the question of whether to close is one that more are likely to face — and that anxious families will be monitoring closely. So should schools close?...'

Chalkbeat-- Coronavirus highlights the many roles school nurses play — and the challenges of going without them...'

3-9-20 Education in the News
Star Ledger--‘Uncharted territory': How 1 N.J. school district plans to teach kids remotely during potential coronavirus closure Leaning forward in his desk chair, flanked by a disinfectant gun full of cleaning solution, Robert Zywicki prepared for a major announcement...'

Star Ledger--Some schools closing on Monday to give teachers time to prep for coronavirus outbreak At least two school districts are closing and another is sending students home early to give their staff time to plan for what to do if the district is forced to shut down because of COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus...'

Philadelphia Inquirer--Coronavirus has shut down schools and events. Here’s why that helps, short- and long-term. Trips are being canceled. A few schools have closed. Employees are being urged to work from home. A fair question is: Why?...'

The Atlantic--What Could Happen if the Coronavirus Closed Schools for Days, Weeks, or Even Months We can get a sense of what to expect from Hong Kong, where students have already been out of school for more than a month...'

Edutopia--Loss—and Hope—After a Cluster of Student Suicides Nearly 1 in 5 high school students seriously considers suicide in a year. After a cluster of suicides, a district decides it’s time to talk more frankly about the issue...'

3-6-20 Education in the News
Star Ledger--N.J. tells public schools to plan for closures, teleschooling if coronavirus outbreak worsens New Jersey will give schools credit for remote learning days if they are forced to close for public health reasons...'

Press of Atlantic City--5 schools in Bucks County, Pa., close Friday over fears of COVID-19 Five schools in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, were closed Friday over fears of COVID-19, officials said...'

NY Times--She Was Excited for a New School. Then the Anti-Semitic ‘Jokes’ Started. First, a deeply offensive photo. Three students’ college plans were soon derailed, and a community closed ranks...'

NPR--As Schools Close Because Of Coronavirus, Nearly 300 Million Kids Aren't In Class As cases of coronavirus disease continue to be identified in countries around the world, the effort to stem its spread has kept some 290 million students home from school...'

Education Week--Responding to Coronavirus: A Downloadable Guide for Schools...'

3-5-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--State Releases Latest Performance Figures for High School Graduation Graduation rates still top 90%, but only half of students are earning diplomas by passing both language and arts tests — others follow alternative routes...'

Star Ledger--N.J. will fix school funding error that cost district $2M New Jersey miscalculated one school district’s proposed state funding, but will fix the $2 million error, Education Commissioner Lamont Repollet said Wednesday...'

NY Times--Education Dept. Reverses Plan to Cut Rural School Funding The reversal, which followed a bipartisan backlash, will last for only a year unless Congress permanently changes the program’s eligibility requirements...'

Education Week--How Teachers Are Talking to Students About the Coronavirus At the Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies School in Detroit, DaJuanna Travier’s 5th graders can raise any topic on their minds during their Friday restorative discussion circles. This past week, they wanted to talk about the coronavirus...'

Chalkbeat--Racially integrated high schools often conceal segregated classes, new study shows A truly integrated high school is hard to find...'

The Hechinger Report--More schools are adding pre-K classrooms. But do principals know how to support them? Report finds most principals lack knowledge of early ed...'

3-4-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Looming Ban on Flavored E-Cigs Already Hitting Vape Shops Hard State officials imposed ban, which goes into effect next month, in effort to keep youngsters from acquiring the addictive, nicotine-laden products...'

Star Ledger--Will N.J. still require kids to go to school 180 days if coronavirus hits? State officials weigh options. The rules are pretty clear in New Jersey: If a school district wants state funding, it must be open at least 180 days during a school year. No exceptions...'

Star Ledger--The 10 biggest losers in N.J.’s school funding plan Another year, another round of state funding cuts for nearly 200 New Jersey school districts...'

Star Ledger--N.J. will send teachers to visit slave-trading sites. Here’s why...'

Chalkbeat--Amid coronavirus fears, the CDC told schools to plan for remote learning. That’s harder than it sounds. As schools grapple with responding to the new coronavirus and the federal government’s recommendation to plan for extended closures, one thing is becoming clear: remote learning remains a remote possibility...'

Education Dive--Report: Safety tip lines flag bullying, drug use, suicide risk Though the tech was originally meant to identify gun violence threats, a national study found 75% of principals thought tip lines made them more aware of overall safety issues at their schools...'

3-3-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Preparing for Coronavirus in NJ: Not if But When, Say Murphy Officials Expanded screening protocols are expected to result in more people testing positive for the virus in US; state officials say New Jersey is prepared...'

Chalkbeat--NJ officials: Schools should prep for possible coronavirus outbreak, including plans for closures and online learning New Jersey schools should plan for a possible coronavirus outbreak in their communities, the state said Monday, even as officials insisted that the risk of infection remains low...'

NJ Spotlight--When Do Active-Shooter Drills Do More Harm Than Good? Security drills, which have been required in New Jersey schools for the past decade, are coming under scrutiny for their potential harm to students...'

NJ Spotlight--Public Will Have Four Chances to Weigh in on Murphy’s Budget Plan
John Reitmeyer    March 3, 2020    Budget
New Jerseyans can offer testimony on state budget issues at hearings this month in Newark, Glassboro and Trenton Lawmakers who play an important role in drafting the state’s annual budget are holding a series of public hearings starting next week to enable residents to weigh in on Gov. Phil Murphy’s latest spending proposal. Four hearings devoted solely to public testimony on state budget issues will be held this month, starting with a 10 a.m. hearing at New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark on March 10. Other hearings will be held in Glassboro on March 12, and in Trenton on March 18 and March 25, according to a schedule that lawmakers unveiled on Monday...'

Star Ledger--The 10 biggest winners in N.J.’s new school funding plan New Jersey’s new school funding proposal has plenty of winners, but some districts stand out among the rest...'

Star Ledger--Kids at N.J. school will use a finger scanner to pay for lunch. Parents are not happy. The roll-out of a biometric scanning program for meal purchases in a school district in Camden County is raising alarm among some parents...'

Education Week--There Are Smart Ways to Use Time to Aid Learning, Research Shows. Why Do So Many Schools Ignore Them?...'

Politics K-12 (via Education Week)--As House Votes to Tackle Youth Vaping, Some Fear Unintended Consequences...'

The Hechinger Report--Chicago analysis finds schools that foster social-emotional development get better results for students...'

3-2-20 Education in the News
Star Ledger--These are N.J.’s most educated towns. See how yours stacks up. Is there such a thing as a town being too educated? As long as everyone can handle their student loan debt, probably not. Though the 20 places listed below — those with the most adults with a bachelor’s degree or higher — sure give it their best shot...'

The Record--Is your school prepared if there is a coronavirus quarantine? Here's what our survey found Schools across northern New Jersey have plans in place for all sorts of emergencies and disasters, from active shooters to hurricanes...'

Asbury Park Press--School aid fight well worth fighting    Editorial
When the new state school aid formula took effect two years ago, many of its critics were accused of overstating the devastating impact it would have on many districts over the next five years...'

NPR--Schools Are Embracing Mindfulness, But Practice Doesn't Always Make Perfect...'

Education Week--9 Things Educators Need to Know About Coronavirus...'

Education Week--Coronavirus and School Closures: What Are the Legal, Logistical Issues? With President Donald Trump and top officials of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention putting schools on alert that they should be taking steps to prepare for the coronavirus, educators and public health authorities have plenty to think about...'

The Hechinger Report--With more students demanding action on climate change, teachers try to keep up...'

2-28-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Who Gets Helped, Who Gets Hurt: Murphy’s Proposed School Aid in Budget Plan The governor has allocated $9 billion in state aid for public education for 2020-2021. Here’s a chance to see how your district does The Murphy administration yesterday released the district-by-district breakdown of proposed state aid for public education in 2020-2021. The total comes to $9.01 billion or close to a quarter of Gov. Phil Murphy’s overall $40 billion spending plan...'

Star Ledger--Here’s how much money every N.J. school district gets in state funding shakeup The governor’s $9 billion investment in K-12 schools increases funding by $336 million, but only 64% of districts will receive more money.EJA New Jersey’s school funding shakeup continues with Gov. Phil Murphy’s 2021 state budget proposal, producing another round of winners and losers...'

2-27-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Officials Urge Preparations for Coronavirus in U.S., Noting Global Spread Although there are no confirmed cases in New Jersey, governor notes health commissioner is talking with hospitals statewide...'

Asbury Park Press--Murphy's $50 million extra school aid plan may be too late for Shore districts TRENTON - Gov. Phil Murphy’s $50 million “one-time” additional aid plan for schools announced Tuesday during his annual budget address may be too little too late for some cash-strapped Shore districts...'

Education Week--Are Schools Ready for Coronavirus? Trump Says They Should Be Even as President Donald Trump sought to reassure the American public that the risk for the spread of coronavirus in the United States remains low, school districts are likely to be on the front lines in efforts to limit its impact...'

Education Dive--Is edTPA standing in the way of getting more teachers into classrooms? The Pearson-scored test is meant to assess whether prospective educators have the skills to teach, but critics question the time and cost involved, its reliability and Pearson's "corporate profits."...'

2-26-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--In Annual Budget Address, Murphy Proposes 5% Hike in State Spending First-term governor renews call to extend rate now paid by richest households to all who make earn more than $1 million...'

Star Ledger--These 10 charter schools are here to stay, N.J. says. One is not. New Jersey charter schools continue growing at a sluggish pace under Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration, despite calls for a moratorium from the state’s largest teachers union...'

Education Week--Schools Should Prepare for Coronavirus Outbreaks, CDC Officials Warn Schools need to prepare for a nationwide surge in cases of the coronavirus that’s currently wreaking global havoc and could disrupt daily life in some communities, federal officials warned Tuesday...'

Chalkbeat--Murphy’s latest budget calls for more school aid, as Newark seeks funding boost Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday delivered his annual budget address, which called for a $336 million increase in state aid for K-12 schools...'

2-25-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Start the Budget Season Off with a Bang — Thanks to NJ Spotlight and NJTV...' NJ Spotlight--Bill Would Ensure Mental Health Providers Are Trained in Suicide Prevention Legislation comes as suicides among teens and twenty-somethings spike...'

Star Ledger--N.J.'s STEM teachers can now earn extra money moonlighting at private schools State education officials and individual school districts are promoting a new grant program that will pay public school teachers to moonlight teaching STEM classes in private schools...'

Star Ledger--A big pension payment, more money for schools. What to expect from Murphy’s 3rd budget. Gov. Phil Murphy, so far unsuccessful but undeterred in his persistent campaign to raise taxes on New Jersey’s well-to-do, will unveil his third state budget Tuesday, with renewed hope to make good on his progressive vision...'

NY Times--New Mexico Sues Google Over Children’s Privacy Violations The lawsuit says that Google, the top tech brand in public schools, used its educational products to spy on students...'

Education Week--The Nation's Top Teachers on Self-Care, Student Voice, and What They Would Say to Trump Over the past few years, teachers have spoken out about low pay, crumbling classrooms, and an increasing amount of responsibility. Even so, the four finalists for the 2020 National Teacher of the Year award are optimistic about the future of the profession...'

2-24-20 Education in the News
Star Ledger--We don’t have to scare kids while we’re trying to keep them safe    Opinion...'
Asbury Park Press--State must fully fund special education, increase transitional aid    Gopal, Houghtaling, Downey
Brady was going to be moved to a school with a program for students with special needs, even though he was thriving in a class with his friends. His friends petitioned the school system to let him stay in their class. New Jersey’s schools need help — and so do our property taxpayers. As Garden State school districts like Monmouth Regional, Freehold Regional, Ocean Township and Eatontown are struggling to adjust to the new school funding formula, homeowners are, as always, left paying the bill...'

NY Times--These Students Are Learning About Fake News and How to Spot It News literacy instruction is flourishing in the wake of the 2016 election as worries about fake news grow...'

Education Week--Personal Touch Beats Technology for Parent-School Communication, Survey Finds A new report from the Center for American Progress finds that personalization—not technology—is seen as the most important feature of good parent-school communication by key players in the public school community...'

Chalkbeat--A major new player in education giving, The City Fund uses over $100 million in grants to grow charter and charter-like schools...'

Hechinger Report--Why aren’t more school counselors trained in helping students apply to college? Student mental health, not college and career planning, is the focus of school counselor education — and that’s hurting low-income students the most...'

2-21-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Charter Advocates Argue for State to Fund Their School Construction And, despite opposition from plaintiffs, charter association and families seek to join ongoing litigation over funding for needy school districts...'

Asbury Park Press--NJ school aid formula robs Peter to pay Paul   Kummings/Harris
New Jersey’s current school funding plan — the notorious Senate Bill S2 — is flawed and unfair, with dire and long-term consequences for half a million children in public school districts of every size and socioeconomic makeup, including rural, urban, suburban communities from the mountains to the shore...'

Education Week--How Schools Can Be More Effective at Growing Young Voters A conversation with John Holbein, assistant professor of public policy and education, University of Virginia...'

2-20-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--State GOP, Dems Readying Vaccination Bills for New Legislative Session Medical professionals would need to provide detailed information to patients, parents or other caregivers before administering vaccines and allow them to opt out, with some warnings. And New Jersey taxpayers would be on the hook for certain damages if the immunization results in an injury...'

NJ Spotlight--Rutgers Study Suggests Underreporting of E-Cigarette Use Among NJ High Schoolers Researchers found some users of the JUUL brand of e-cigarette may not consider themselves to be e-cigarette users...'

Star Ledger--N.J.'s technical schools will expand to prepare more students for jobs of the future    Opinion
Today’s vocational schools offer dozens of in-demand career programs in advanced manufacturing, biomedical sciences, computer science, engineering and in several other technical areas...'

NY Times--The #MeToo Balancing Act in High School Many boys and young men think the movement is essential for girls and women, but struggle with how they fit into it...'

NY Times--Bringing a New Vibe to the Classroom Some educators are experimenting with their approaches to teaching to make course materials more relevant to various cultures and communities...'

Education Week--Do High-Stakes Tests Make Teachers More Likely to Quit? Study Says No For many teachers, high-stakes testing is a major source of frustration—but they're not necessarily quitting over it...'

Politics K-12 (via Education Week)--As Protests Over School Spending Ramp Up, Report Blasts States' Formulas State legislative sessions are in full swing this year and, with governors and legislators deciding what to do with budget surpluses, large coalitions of K-12 advocates have ramped up their efforts to overhaul key components of their states' funding formulas...'

2-19-20 Education in the News
Jersey Journal (via Star Ledger)-To fix schools, Fulop calls on Jersey City BOE to cut spending and raise taxes Big cuts in school spending and three years of school tax hikes would be in store in Jersey City under a comprehensive financing plan unveiled by Mayor Steve Fulop on Tuesday...'

Philadelphia Inquirer--A New Jersey school district will wash and fold students’ clothes to keep kids in class A South Jersey school has eliminated a reason for some students not to come to school: that they don’t have anything to wear...'

NPR--Food Fight: How 2 Trump Proposals Could Bite Into School Lunch Two pending rule changes meant to reduce what the Trump administration calls abuse of federal benefit programs could also mean hundreds of thousands of children lose access to free school meals...'

Education Week--Teaching Students to Wrangle 'Big Data' Data science classes are popping up in schools...'

Education Dive--These 4 strategies can help school leaders avoid IDEA lawsuits There are a number of factors to consider before an issue ever reaches the due process stage, Linda M. Gorczynski, a special education lawyer, said...'

2-18-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Federal Judge Next Up in Disputes Over Special-Ed Kids New Jersey DOE in court for failing to meet federal and state timelines for resolving disputes between districts and parents of special-needs students For the past year, the Murphy administration has been under U.S. Department of Education pressure to speed up its special education procedures...'

Star Ledger--N.J. should pay for kids to switch schools over ‘harmful’ curriculum, lawmaker says A New Jersey lawmaker wants the state to pay to send students to private school if their parents are offended by what they are learning. And the plan is already being ripped as an attack on New Jersey’s requirement for an LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum...'

NY Times--An Old and Contested Solution to Boost Reading Scores: Phonics As test scores lag, there’s a growing debate between proponents of the “science of reading,” which emphasizes phonics, and traditional educators who prefer to instill a love of literature...'

Education Week—Op-Ed: We Lost Family at Parkland. You Should Learn From Our Personal Tragedy Basic security steps could have prevented the murder of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School...'

Education Dive--FRAC report finds 12.4M students received free and reduced-price breakfasts last year The School Breakfast Scorecard, released by Food Research & Action Center (FRAC), reports 12.4 million children received a free or reduced-price school breakfast on an average school day in the 2018-19 school year, down 6,000 students — a relatively small percentage — from the prior year...'

2-14-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--After Public Outcry, Lawmakers Seek to Aid School Lunch Debtors Legislators approve bills designed to counter shaming of students behind in their meal fees. Committee also endorses restoration of civics lessons...'

Star Ledger--Lunch debt in N.J. schools is an ongoing, expensive problem. We want to hear your stories. In one New Jersey school district, a tuna sandwich became a “badge of shame” late last summer when administrators proposed the idea of giving kids the cold, not-so-popular meal when their parents had amassed too much unpaid lunch money...'

Education Week--Microsoft, Verizon, and Other Big U.S. Companies Design Their Ideal High School Courses We asked senior executives from a variety of industries to weigh in...'

Education Dive--6 lessons principals learned in the wake of school shootings Leaders who survived shootings at their schools reflected on their experiences at a National Association of Secondary School Principals event, noting they are in a club no principal wants to be in...'

Edutopia--Powerful SEL Is Happening After School, Too New research shows that when schools extend SEL lessons beyond the classroom into after-school programming, students’ academic skills and classroom behaviors improve...'

2-13-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--State Lays Out Plans for School Construction Projects, But No Funding Schools Development Authority lists projects to address overcrowding, building age in 18 districts...'

NJ Spotlight--Op-Ed: Promises Unfulfilled in Camden’s Schools, and a City Left Behind Where’s the emergency state aid that was promised? Without it, superintendent may be forced to increase class sizes, eliminate programs and lay off teachers...'

Education Dive--Report: Diversifying teacher workforce, linking preservice to later performance among 'high-priority issues' National Academies research notes having same-race teachers benefits of students of color, but also suggests all teachers should recognize the "assets students are bringing into the classroom."...'

Edutopia--3 Reasons Students Procrastinate—and How to Help Them Stop Psychologists have uncovered reasons why students put off important work. But there are a few simple things teachers can do to keep students on track...'

2-12-20 Education in the News
NJN News (via NJ Spotlight)--Murphy Announces Programs to Help Teens with Mental Health Woes As he unveils education-based programs, governor says: 'For far too long, we as a society have been too passive on this issue' Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday announced a pair of programs designed to equip those in the state’s education system with the skills and tools they need to address the persistent and largely hidden problem of mental illness and suicide among young people...'

NJN News (via NJ Spotlight)--Spreading the Gospel About Vape Dangers, One School at a Time Campaign is geared at arming those most prone to vaping with the information they need to make wise health choices...'

NJ Spotlight--NJ Supreme Court Will Hear Challenge to Expansion of Charter Schools in Newark At the same time, parents and charter school supporters seek to join a separate case concerning funding for so-called Abbott districts...'

Paterson Press (viaThe Record)--Paterson needs extra space for 2,235 students — one of NJ's biggest education facility shortages PATERSON — The city school district needs additional classroom space for 2,235 students — one of the biggest education facility shortages in New Jersey, according to a state report made public last week...'

Associated Press (via Press of Atlantic City)--Teachers unions raise alarm over student involvement in active shooter drills The nation's two largest teachers unions want schools to revise or eliminate active shooter drills, asserting Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020 that they can harm students' mental health and that there are better ways to prepare for the possibility of a school shooting...'

Education Week--Trump Admin. Unveils School Safety 'Clearinghouse.' Here's What You Need to Know The Trump administration has unveiled a “one-stop shop” for school safety resources, fulfilling one promise contained in the 180-page report of the federal commission it set up in the wake of the massacre in Parkland, Fla., America’s deadliest shooting in a high school...'

2-11-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Public Now Gets Chance to Weigh in on Proposed Changes to Core Learning Standards Education officials foresee a school curriculum with updated requirements in computer science and career readiness...'

Star Ledger--N.J. wants to grade teachers less on student performance, more on supervisor’s opinion New Jersey has already slashed the weight of standardized test results in teacher evaluations. Student performance in day-to-day classwork could be next...'

Jersey Journal--Jersey City school district not showing docs that prove it can move on from state control, report says The Jersey City Public Schools are failing to meet the state’s standards for regaining full control of the school district, according to an independent report...'

NPR-- 2 Big Teachers Unions Call For Rethinking Student Involvement In Lockdown Drills...'

Education Week--Trump Seeks to Slash Education Budget, Combine 29 Programs Into Block Grant President Donald Trump's proposed budget would shrink U.S. Department of Education funding by nearly 8 percent in part by consolidating 29 major programs—including Title I aid for disadvantaged students and funding for charter school expansion—into a single, $19.4 billion block grant...'

2-10-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Op-Ed: How State Can Meet Its Obligations to Fund Schools As budget season begins, school superintendents wonder if they will have the funds ‘necessary to fulfill the needs of our students’...'

Star Ledger--Can you consolidate 14 school districts into one? This N.J. county will find out. The Salem County freeholder board is hiring a consultant to study whether switching to a single, county-wide public school district has merit...'

Star Ledger--We were promised state aid but still don’t have it, say parents in Camden planning protest A group of parents in Camden plan a protest Friday morning to draw attention to a pending request for emergency funds for public schools that have not been delivered...'

Education Dive--Study: Majority of students' feelings about high school are negative High school students experience mostly negative emotions toward school, with feeling tired among their biggest complaints, according to a new nationwide study by Yale University's Center for Emotional Intelligence and Child Study Center...'

Edutopia--5 Strategies to Minimize Bad Leadership Decisions When school administrators make lots of tough calls, the quality of decisions later in the day tends to suffer. Here’s how to minimize that effect...'

2-7-20 Education in the News
Education Week--White Parents Say They Value Integrated Schools. Their Actions Speak Differently Ask parents if they value ethnic, racial, and economic diversity in their children’s schools, and entrenched social and political barriers often melt away...'

Education Dive--College Board: AP participation and performance grow 'in tandem' But CEO David Coleman said a "real crisis" still exists in expanding access to AP courses in rural schools...'

The Hechinger Report--Schools struggle to help students return to class after a mental health crisis More kids are missing school because of anxiety and depression. A Massachusetts program is trying to disrupt that cycle...'

2-6-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Repollet Looks to Ease Back on Key Gauge of Teacher Accountability Education commissioner wants to reduce weighting of student growth objectives from 25% to 15%...'

Star Ledger--N.J.'s education chief could leave for college president job New Jersey Education Commissioner Lamont Repollet is among the candidates being considered as the next president of Kean University, two sources with knowledge of the discussions told NJ Advance Media on Wednesday...'

Jersey Journal--N.J. Supreme Court will hear case on Jersey City school district’s deal to pay union reps’ salaries The fight over whether the Jersey City Public Schools can use taxpayer money to pay teachers union representatives is heading to the state Supreme Court...'

NY Times--Facial Recognition Moves Into a New Front: Schools A district in upstate New York has adopted the technology in the name of safety. Opponents cite privacy and bias concerns...'

Education Week--Data: 5 Big Challenges in Preparing K-12 Students for the World of Work Why preparing students for the world of work is so hard...'

Politics K-12 (via Education Week)--'Government Schools' or Public Schools? Trump, DeVos, and the Language of School Choice...'

Chalkbeat--Newark school board considers limiting public comment at meetings Even after coming under fire for their alleged disinterest in hearing public input, the Newark school board is weighing whether to limit the number of speakers at monthly board meetings...'

2-5-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--State Releases Latest Performance Figures for High School Graduation Graduation rates still top 90%, but only half of students are earning diplomas by passing both language and arts tests — others follow alternative routes...'

Star Ledger--N.J. will fix school funding error that cost district $2M New Jersey miscalculated one school district’s proposed state funding, but will fix the $2 million error, Education Commissioner Lamont Repollet said Wednesday...'

NY Times--Education Dept. Reverses Plan to Cut Rural School Funding The reversal, which followed a bipartisan backlash, will last for only a year unless Congress permanently changes the program’s eligibility requirements...'

Education Week--How Teachers Are Talking to Students About the Coronavirus At the Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies School in Detroit, DaJuanna Travier’s 5th graders can raise any topic on their minds during their Friday restorative discussion circles. This past week, they wanted to talk about the coronavirus...'

Chalkbeat--Racially integrated high schools often conceal segregated classes, new study shows A truly integrated high school is hard to find...'

The Hechinger Report--More schools are adding pre-K classrooms. But do principals know how to support them? Report finds most principals lack knowledge of early ed...'

2-4-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Social Justice Group Offers Ways to Boost Voter Turnout In NJ Creating more opportunities for more people to vote, lowering the voting age to 16 and establishing mandatory civics classes in high school among recommendations...'

Star Ledger--Troubling trend demands depression screenings in N.J. schools    Opinion
If there is something that should trouble us all, it is the increasing number of suicides among tweens and teens. This trend is not confined to one state or region. It is happening everywhere...'

NY Times--Number of Homeless Students Rises to New High, Report Says The report found that more than 1.5 million public school students experienced homelessness in the 2017-18 school year, the highest in more than a dozen years...'

Education Week--English Fluency Among Parents: Why It Matters for Student Success States vary in this piece of school readiness...'

2-3-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Preparing for Coronavirus in NJ: Not if But When, Say Murphy Officials Expanded screening protocols are expected to result in more people testing positive for the virus in US; state officials say New Jersey is prepared...'

Chalkbeat--NJ officials: Schools should prep for possible coronavirus outbreak, including plans for closures and online learning New Jersey schools should plan for a possible coronavirus outbreak in their communities, the state said Monday, even as officials insisted that the risk of infection remains low...'

NJ Spotlight--When Do Active-Shooter Drills Do More Harm Than Good? Security drills, which have been required in New Jersey schools for the past decade, are coming under scrutiny for their potential harm to students...'

NJ Spotlight--Public Will Have Four Chances to Weigh in on Murphy’s Budget Plan
John Reitmeyer    March 3, 2020    Budget
New Jerseyans can offer testimony on state budget issues at hearings this month in Newark, Glassboro and Trenton Lawmakers who play an important role in drafting the state’s annual budget are holding a series of public hearings starting next week to enable residents to weigh in on Gov. Phil Murphy’s latest spending proposal. Four hearings devoted solely to public testimony on state budget issues will be held this month, starting with a 10 a.m. hearing at New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark on March 10. Other hearings will be held in Glassboro on March 12, and in Trenton on March 18 and March 25, according to a schedule that lawmakers unveiled on Monday...'

Star Ledger--The 10 biggest winners in N.J.’s new school funding plan New Jersey’s new school funding proposal has plenty of winners, but some districts stand out among the rest...'

Star Ledger--Kids at N.J. school will use a finger scanner to pay for lunch. Parents are not happy. The roll-out of a biometric scanning program for meal purchases in a school district in Camden County is raising alarm among some parents...'

Education Week--There Are Smart Ways to Use Time to Aid Learning, Research Shows. Why Do So Many Schools Ignore Them?...'

Politics K-12 (via Education Week)--As House Votes to Tackle Youth Vaping, Some Fear Unintended Consequences...'

The Hechinger Report--Chicago analysis finds schools that foster social-emotional development get better results for students...'

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NJSBA FALL WORKSHOP 2012, Tuesday October 23, 2012 2:30pm - 4:00pm @ Room: 404

Special Session 2:30pm: Inside Look: Insights from NJ’s Governmental Relations Directors

…The governmental relations directors from around New Jersey work directly with legislators on education issues that impact local schools. Join us for an informative conversation and an inside look into the perspective of the governmental relations directors. The discussion will be moderated by John Mooney, founding editor and education writer at NJ Spotlight.

Debra Bradley, Esq., Governmental Relations Director, New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association

John Donnadio, Executive Director, New Jersey Association of Counties

Judy Savage, Executive Director, NJ Council of County Vocational-Technical Schools

Ginger C. Gold Schnitzer, Governmental Relations Director, New Jersey Education Association

Lynne Strickland, Executive Director, Garden State Coalition of Schools

Michael A. Vrancik, Governmental Relations Director, New Jersey School Boards Association