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GSCS Statement on Black Lives Matter
In the wake of the recent murder of George Floyd and the many historical and present-day acts of violence against Black men and women, the Garden State Coalition of Schools wants to reaffirm our support of Black Lives Matter and all those who advocate for the changes that will put an end to those tragedies...'
1-15-21 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Discussing Capitol attack with schoolkids: a teachable moment like few others...' NJ Spotlight--NJ has narrowed schools’ digital divide, but challenges remain...'

The Record--Can NJ mandate students & teachers get the COVID vaccine? Your questions answered...'

Insider NJ--Singer Bill Making Schools Safer for Students with Allergies Clears Education Committee...'

NY Times--What Does a More Contagious Virus Mean for Schools?...'

NPR--Why Billions In Food Aid Hasn't Gotten To Needy Families...'

Education Week--Districts Retreat to Remote Learning Even as Biden Calls for Reopening Schools...'

1-14-21 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Can school districts require teachers to be vaccinated?...' Star Ledger--It’s time to let N.J. teachers get COVID vaccine, lawmakers say...'

Education Week--Supreme Court Considers Issue of Damages That Comes Up in Many Suits Over School Policies...'

Education Dive--Give school staff rapid access to COVID-19 vaccinations, education leaders urge...'

Edutopia--Guiding Special Education Students to Stay on Track for Success in Hybrid Classrooms...'

1-13-21 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Citing pandemic, Murphy alters teacher evaluations...' Star Ledger--N.J. schools would teach lessons in diversity under bill headed to governor...'

Press of Atlantic City--NJSIAA to announce results of vote on constitutional change to allow football state championship games...'

Patch (Brick, NJ)--Judge Orders NJ Education Department To Turn Over S2 Algorithm...'

NPR--Amid Surges, Teachers Line Up For Their Vaccines...'

Education Week--Will New COVID-19 Strains Mean More Cases in Schools? An Explainer...'

Chalkbeat--COVID cases among teachers appear to be rising. What does that mean?...'

1-12-21 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Murphy lifts exit-exam graduation requirement, keeps mum on other plans...' Star Ledger--Central Jersey school cancels winter sports, citing safety concerns. Will others follow?...'

Star Ledger--N.J. seniors don’t have to pass exit exam, teachers won’t be rated on student performance...'

Education Week--How Online Teaching Needs to Improve—Even After the Pandemic...'

Chalkbeat--A potential consequence of Democrats’ Senate win: Even more money for schools...'

Education Dive--If an app can detect COVID-19 carriers by the sound of a cough, should schools use it?...'

The Hechinger Report--PROOF POINTS: Two new studies point to virus thresholds for in-person school...'

1-11-21 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--State testing for student-learning gaps yet to get local buy-in...' Star Ledger--For N.J. students learning at home, free desks built by volunteers make the grade...'

Asbury Park Press--The rioters, the extremists, the dark history: How do you explain the Capitol insurrection to kids?...'

New York Times--K-12: The Spring Semester to Come...'

Education Week--‘No Going Back’ From Remote and Hybrid Learning, Districts Say...'

The Hechinger Report--Column: As Betsy DeVos steps down, critics hope it is time to put the public back in public education...'

1-8-21 Education in the News
Star Ledger--N.J.’s largest school district to stay all-remote until April due to COVID outbreak...' The Record--'This is going to be in our history books:' Teachers address Capitol siege in classrooms...'

Philadelphia Inquirer--‘A terrible thing happened’: How teachers are explaining the Capitol insurrection to students...'

Press of Atlantic City--Murphy signs bill strengthening Amistad Commission...'

NPR--How To Talk To Kids About The Riots At The U.S. Capitol...'

NPR--DeVos Resigns As Education Secretary, Says, 'Impressionable Children Are Watching'...'

Education Week--Data Snapshot: What Teacher and Student Morale Looks Like Right Now...'

Chalkbeat--Witnessing history: Teachers and students left reeling, looking for lessons in an insurrection...'

Education Dive--5 ed tech trends to watch in 2021...'

Edutopia--Why Students Should Write in All Subjects...'

The Hechinger Report--OPINION: Confused and angry, young teachers seek guidance on discussing current events with students...'

1-7-21 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Three decades later, NJ says goodbye to its rule over Paterson schools...' NJ Spotlight--Op-Ed: Trenton’s hypocrisy on school funding...'

NJ Spotlight--Scotch Plains-Fanwood parents file federal lawsuit to reopen schools...'

NPR--Where Is It Safe To Reopen Schools? New Research Offers Answers...'

Chalkbeat--‘We don’t think it’s safe’: Newark Teachers Union opposes plan to reopen classrooms this month...'

Education Dive--States move to suspend school report cards, create accountability flexibilities...'

1-6-21 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Op-Ed: Frankly, the kids are not all right...' Education Week--Big Picture: How the Latest COVID-19 Aid for Education Breaks Down, in Two Charts...'

Education Dive--‘Focus on the issue at hand’: How a leader representing school boards has handled a pandemic transition...'

The Hechinger Report--PROOF POINTS: 10 of the most popular stories about education research in 2020...'

1-5-21 Education in the News
Star Ledger--More N.J. schools switch to remote learning after holiday break. Just 77 districts with full in-person classes...' Associated Press (via Philadelphia Inquirer)--In farewell, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos urges Congress to reject Joe Biden’s policies...'

Chalkbeat--Do schools spread COVID? It may depend on how bad things already are around them...'

Education Dive--8 trends influencing K-12 in 2021...'

Education Dive--Survey: 60% of parents would allow their K-12 student to get COVID-19 vaccine...'

1-4-21 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--NJ 2021: Issues, problems and potential conflicts in education...' Star Ledger--COVID-19 activity still ‘high’ in every N.J. county, map says. But things are slightly better in these 2 regions...'

Mycentraljersey.com--NJ parents go to federal court to fight constitutionality of remote learning...'

Asbury Park Press--Our reporters identified solutions to improve school bus safety. Now, let's make them happen    Editorial...'

NY Times--Teachers on TV? Schools Try Creative Strategy to Narrow Digital Divide...'

NPR--Schools Face A Massive Challenge To Make Up For Learning Lost During The Pandemic...'

The Hechinger Report--PROOF POINTS: Researchers pinpoint three elements of effective schools...'

12-24-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Biden’s pick for education secretary draws praise from NJ’s education community...' Star Ledger--More than 9,000 N.J. students are still without a computer, internet connection or both, state says...'

Insider NJ--DFER Statement on President-elect Biden’s Nomination of Dr. Miguel Cardona as Education Secretary...'

Education Week—Biden’s Pick for Ed Secretary; U.S. Must Help Schools Forge Opportunity Out of Crisis...'

Education Week--Where Biden’s Choice for Education Secretary Stands on Key K-12 Issues...'

12-23-20 Education in the News
Star Ledger--Teachers virtually unheralded for mastering COVID-19 curveballs    Opinion...'
Insider NJ--Ruiz Praises Nomination of Miguel Cardona as U.S. Secretary of Education...'

NY Times--Biden Picks Latino Chief of Connecticut Schools as Education Secretary...'

NY Times--Public Schools Face Funding ‘Death Spiral’ as Enrollment Drops...'

Education Week--School Workers May Get Early Shot at COVID-19 Vaccine. Will They Take It?...'

Chalkbeat--10 questions about the new stimulus money for schools, answered...'

Education Dive--CDC: Head Start is model for safe early ed programming amid COVID-19...'

12-22-20 Education in the News
Washington Post--Biden poised to pick Connecticut schools chief as education secretary...' NJ Spotlight--Roundtable: Child care as a key to NJ’s economic recovery...'

Star Ledger--Teachers, cops, grocery workers: Here’s who will get the coronavirus vaccine next...'

Star Ledger--More N.J. schools switching to all-remote classes as COVID-19 cases rise, winter break nears, Murphy says...'

Insider NJ--Governor Murphy Announces $10 Million to Expand High-Quality Preschool Education...'

Education Week--The Teaching Profession in 2020 (in Charts)...'

Chalkbeat--The wait is nearly over: Congress set to provide over $50 billion for public schools...'

Education Dive--Digital self-harm on the rise among students, study finds...'

Education Dive--Is $54.3B in COVID-19 relief funding enough for K-12 schools?...'

12-21-20 Education in the News
Star Ledger—OP-Ed:Teachers virtually unheralded for mastering COVID-19 curveballs    Opinion...'
Philadelphia Inquirer--Students aren’t showing up for virtual learning. ‘Are they well cared for? Are they safe?’...'

Insider NJ--Moen, Karabinchak & Verrelli Bill Allowing Insurers to Provide Non-Participating Boards of Education with Equivalent Coverage as School Employees’ Health Benefits Program Now Law...'

The Hechinger Report (via Washington Post)--Thousands of families in special-education limbo...'

NPR--Congress Poised To Simplify FAFSA, And Help People In Prison Go To College...'

Education Week--Include School Employees in Next Phase of Vaccinations, Federal Panel Recommends...'

Education Week--State Schools Chiefs Push Biden for Wiggle Room on Accountability During Pandemic...'

Education Dive--How districts are navigating 3 assessment challenges...'

12-18-20 Education in the News
Star Ledger--Diversity would be taught in N.J. schools under bill that just cleared Legislature...' The Record--'The best thing I could ask for': NJ schoolchildren relish snow day in unusual school year...'

The Record--The COVID vaccine is here. So when will NJ schools get back to normal?...'

Education Week--Survey: Students Want More Opportunities to Connect With Teachers During the Pandemic...'

Education Dive--3 assessment challenges and how districts are navigating them...'

12-17-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Highlighting challenges faced by working parents during the pandemic...' Star Ledger--Nearly 100 N.J. schools have had COVID-19 outbreaks, new stats say. Here’s what that means...'

Philadelphia Inquirer-As teachers quarantine, Philly-area schools hunt for substitutes...'

NY times--When Will It Be Like 2019 Again?...'

NPR--What It's Like To Apply To College In The Pandemic...'

Education Week--School Employees May Get Early COVID-19 Vaccinations. Here’s How States Will Decide When...'

Education Dive--Report: Declines in high school graduates may not be as bad as expected...'

Edutopia--Rethinking Homework for This Year—and Beyond...'

12-16-20 Education in the News
Star Ledger--Don’t expect a snow day, N.J. superintendent tells kids. Remote learning marches on...' Insider NJ--Testa Urges NJDOE to Improve Guidance for Special Education Students During Pandemic...'

NPR--New Studies Show The Pandemic Highlights Inequality In U.S. Education System...'

Education Week--How Betsy DeVos Bent the Nation’s Education Debate in Four Tense Years...'

Chalkbeat--Newark schools are ramping up virtual tutoring. Will it be enough to combat pandemic learning loss?...'

DiveK12 (Education Dive)-Federal agencies: K-12 schools face heightened cyberthreats...'

12-15-20 Education in the News
Star Ledger--Google services down. Outage includes Gmail, Google Classroom, YouTube, Docs...' The Record--'The kids are so disengaged': NJ families rally to reopen schools in Montclair, Nutley...'

NY Times--If Teachers Get the Vaccine Quickly, Can Students Get Back to School?...'

Education Week--CDC: Here’s How Much It Would Cost Schools to Safeguard Against COVID-19...'

Edutopia--The 10 Most Significant Education Studies of 2020...'

The Hechinger Report--As the pandemic trudges on, what to say to our kids...'

12-14-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Bracing for debate over child COVID-19 vaccine...' Star Ledger--‘We want choices!’ Protesters in N.J. rally to re-open schools for in-person instruction...'

Star Ledger--Are your kids falling behind in school? N.J. thinks they might be...'

Insider NJ--Governor Murphy and Department of Education Announce $2.5 Million Grant Program to Address Learning Loss Among Students...

Press of Atlantic City--NJSIAA sets dates for for spring season for high school sports...'

NPR--Kids Are Anxious And Scared During The Pandemic. Here's How Parents Can Help...'

Education Week--Did COVID-19 Really Drive Teachers to Quit?...'

The Hechinger Report--PROOF POINTS: 114 studies on flipped classrooms show small payoff for big effort...'

12-11-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Debate starts over COVID-19 vaccine for children in NJ...' NPR--New Studies Show The Pandemic Highlights Inequality In U.S. Education System...'

K12 Dive (Education Dive)-Study: Evaluations penalized teachers in low-income schools...'

Edutopia--What Educators Are Learning During the Pandemic...'

The Hechinger Report--As we reimagine schooling, let’s reimagine gun violence prevention, too...'

12-10-20 Education in the News
Philadelphia Inquirer--Attending virtual school: Should cameras be on or off...' Education Week--Remote Learning Cuts Into Attendance. Here Are Remedies...'

Chalkbeat--DeVos says schools are sitting on billions in COVID relief. Here’s why that’s misleading...'

K12Dive (Education Dive)--Superintendent of the Year: Marlon Styles, Middletown City School District...'

Edutopia--What Educators Are Learning During the Pandemic...'

12-9-20 Education in the News
Star Ledger--Parents will rally, urge district that’s been closed since March to stick to reopening plan...'
The Record--Zoom as a mirror: Recognizing special needs during remote work and schooling    Opinion...'

Philadelphia Inquirer--Departing Trump administration wants to weaken nutrition rules for school meals...'

Insider NJ--Codey, Smith Bill to Require Diversity and Inclusion Instruction in K-12 Education Advances...'

Education Week--Will a COVID-19 Vaccine Be Mandatory for Students?...'

K12 Dive (Education Dive)-How educators are tweaking grading approaches in response to the pandemic...'

The Hechinger Report--Is the pandemic our chance to reimagine education for students with disabilities?...'

12-8-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Gauging the toll remote instruction has taken on NJ students...' Insider NJ--‘Mute His Microphone’: Ruiz and Doherty Clash over Diversity Bill...'

DiveK12 (Education Dive)--ISTE 2020: State of K-12 cybersecurity, from traditional IT to classroom lessons...'

Edutopia--Connecting SEL to Academic Outcomes...'

12-7-20 Education in the News
NY Times--Reopening Schools Before a Children’s Vaccine...' Philadelphia Inquirer--‘It’s not boo-boos and Band-Aids’: COVID-19 thrust school nurses onto the front line...'

South Jersey Times--Give N.J. county’s school merger study a chance    Editorial...'

Education Week--Will a COVID-19 Vaccine Be Mandatory for Students?...'

Politics K-12 (via Education Week)-Biden Might Please the K-12 World by Picking an Education Secretary From Outside It...'

Chalkbeat--Across U.S., schools’ worst budget fears have been avoided. No one’s celebrating yet...'

Education Dive--Report: Mental health support a top teacher retention priority...'

Edutopia--The 10 Most Significant Education Studies of 2020...'

12-4-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight News--Some NJ school districts fight to keep in-person instruction...' Star Ledger--N.J. superintendent scolds parents for keeping quiet about kids with COVID-19, holiday travel...'

Star Ledger--N.J. county considers consolidating all 14 of its school districts into 1...'

NPR--5 Things We've Learned About Virtual School In 2020...'

Education Week--How Teachers' Unions Are Influencing Decisions on School...'

Education Week--CDC Shortens COVID-19 Quarantine Periods. Here's What That Means for Schools...'

Education Dive--Survey: Low-income families struggle more with remote ed...'

The Hechinger Report--Rundown schools forced more students to go remote...'

12-3-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Stay open, go remote or in between? Murphy argues for in-person instruction...' NJ Spotlight--Your school district’s latest plans for remote, in-person or hybrid learning...'

Star Ledger--At least 285 kids and school staff caught COVID-19 at school, new state stats show...'

Philadelphia Inquirer--Schools with coronavirus cases could be forced to close on short notice under new Pa. rules...'

Education Week--CDC Shortens COVID-19 Quarantine Periods. Here's What That Means for Schools...'

Education Dive--Schools get creative to enroll, retain youngest students during pandemic...'

12-2-20 Education in the News
Star Ledger—N.J. says all schools should consider remote learning, but these say they want to stay open...' Asbury Park Press-- Op-Ed: Why NJ schools should stay open: COVID safety steps work, mental health is at risk...'

NY Times--Pantyhose and Trash Bags: How Music Programs Are Surviving in the Pandemic...'

Politics K-12 (via Education Week)-Could Biden Find a Middle Path on Student Testing During the Pandemic?...'

Chalkbeat--Did students fall behind this spring? Yes, but not as much as feared, new data shows...'

Education Dive--Fall assessments to gauge 'COVID slide' may be skewed. Can school districts use them?...'

The Hechinger Report--OPINION: To the rescue — The schools we need now are community schools...'

12-1-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Gov. Murphy says no statewide school closures as more districts go remote...' Star Ledger--UPDATE: Indoor school sports ban applies to N.J. games, practices, even adult rec leagues...'

The Record--Governors are downplaying the COVID risk in schools, say teacher unions...'

NY Times--Why School Districts Are Bringing Back Younger Children First...'

NPR--'Some Good News': Student Reading Gains Are Steady, While Math Slows Down...'

Education Dive--Fall assessments to gauge 'COVID slide' may be skewed. Can school districts use them?...'

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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

Garden State Coalition of Schools
160 W. State Street, Trenton New Jersey 08608