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7-17-19 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Op-Ed: Lessons of Newark’s School Construction Successes, Mistakes The state could have built almost twice as many schools for Newark kids if it followed the model of one of the city’s charter schools...'

The Atlantic--The Financial Calamity That Is the Teaching Profession Teachers are suing the government over debt relief that never came—but their financial problems go much deeper than student loans...'

Education Week--Cyberbullying Is on the Rise Among Teenagers, National Survey Finds CORRECTED While smartphones, tablets, and other digital tools have transformed how schools teach, they've also changed the way students interact with one another...'

Education Week--What to Do When Physics Teachers Don't Know Physics More and more high school students are getting interested in physics, but schools are in a tough spot: It's hard to find physics teachers, so they often tap teachers with little-to-no training in the subject...'

Education Dive--Schools redress rules amid passage of anti-discriminatory state policies Dive Brief: More school districts are adopting lenient dress code policies,...'

7-16-19 Education in the News
Education Week--State Lawmakers Tackle Broad Basket of Issues on Parent Checklist Safety, data privacy draw fresh attention School security, the charter school sector, and student-data privacy were among the issues of interest to parents that drew significant attention from state lawmakers in this year's legislative sessions, the majority of which have now wrapped up for 2019...'

Edutopia--6 Tips for Managing the Feedback Workload Providing feedback is proven to increase student learning, and there are ways to make the work involved more manageable. We know that giving students feedback works: In his meta-analysis, John Hattie found that it has an effect size of 0.7, which is beyond the “hinge point,” or average effect size, of 0.4—meaning that it has a significant effect on student learning...'

The Hechinger Report--Rethinking school schedules to support innovation Getting creative with class-period lengths and staffing plans can dramatically reduce class sizes and increase teacher collaboration time...'

7-15-19 Education in the News
Jersey Journal--Despite bullying, student chose ‘to never give up’    Jersey Journal editorial
Graduation season has recently come to an end, but we’d like to extend it just a bit this year to share a commencement speech written, but never delivered, two years ago by an eighth-grader in Jersey City...'

The Atlantic-- The White Suburbs That Fought Busing Aren’t So White Anymore And the politics of school integration need not look like they used to...'

NPR--States Are Ratcheting Up Reading Expectations For 3rd-Graders Nineteen states have adopted "mandatory retention" policies, which require third-graders who do not show sufficient proficiency in reading to repeat the grade...'

Chalkbeat--What it means when Democratic frontrunners say they support the Strength in Diversity Act...'

The Hechinger Report--OPINION: What’s missing in music education? Cultural and social relevance Teaching 'music where kids are, and with what interests them' ...'

Edutopia--The Reading Wars: Choice vs. Canon English teachers are wrestling with how to navigate the increasingly contentious terrain between student choice and assigning the classics...'

7-12-19 Education in the News
Star Ledger--Cory Booker’s brother opened a school so bad it got shut down. N.J. just gave him a $150K education job MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A thousand miles from Newark, in a tiny old school building tucked behind a Christian church, Cary Booker delivered the bad news...'

Education Week--Teachers Push for Books With More Diversity, Fewer Stereotypes Most texts feature white characters...'

7-11-19 Education in the News
Chalkbeat (via NJ Spotlight)-- No Funding in Sight to Repair Newark’s Crumbling Schools Buildings in cash-strapped district have leaky roofs, damaged walls, peeling paint, old electrical systems, missing sinks and toilets...'

Star Ledger--Lakewood’s explosive growth is hurting us. We want a say in land development, board says. Amid the pending legal battles and legislation linked to funding problems stemming from Lakewood’s growing private school population, district officials now want a say in land use matters...'

Edutopia--Evidence-Based Scheduling With Daniel Pink The best-selling author explains why the order of the school day should look different for elementary and high school students...'

Associated Press (via Education Week)--Most Attackers in Shootings Last Year Made Prior Threats, Report Finds Washington One-third of the attackers who terrorized schools, houses of worship, or businesses nationwide last year had a history of serious domestic violence, two-thirds had mental health issues, and nearly all had made threatening or concerning communications that worried others before they struck, according to a U.S. Secret Service report on mass attacks...'

Education Dive--Report: More states pursuing innovative assessment models...'

7-10-19 Education in the News
The Atlantic--Elementary Education Has Gone Terribly Wrong In the early grades, U.S. schools value reading-comprehension skills over knowledge. The results are devastating, especially for poor kids...'

Education Week--Digital Content, Open Resources, Cybersecurity, and Makerspaces: That's What's on This Superintendent's Mind Makerspaces, robotic arms, virtual-reality goggles, 3D printers, a flight simulator, and a whole lot of iPads. The 12,300-student Township High School District 214 in suburban Chicago already offers its students access to a wide variety of new technologies. But Superintendent David Schuler is always thinking ahead to what’s coming next and whether it has any real educational value...'

Chalkbeat--Can ‘growth’ data push parents to more integrated schools? A new study says maybe Families choosing schools for their kids can find themselves awash in information, from test scores and demographic data to local knowledge gleaned by talking to friends and family...'

Education Dive--Roughly 17% of teachers working second or summer jobs A statistical analysis of National Center for Education Statistics data by the Pew Research Center shows roughly 16% of public school teachers in the United States worked non-school summer jobs in the summer of 2015, and even more — about 18% — held second jobs during the 2015-16 school year, making them three times more likely than workers overall to hold down multiple jobs...'

7-9-19 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Two Days on the Job, BOE President Talks Takeovers, Exit Tests, and More Kathy Goldenberg is a big believer in public education, and an equally big believer that New Jersey students deserve the best...'

NY Times--An Online Preschool Closes a Gap but Exposes Another It is not a program for children of the rich. It is geared to lower-income families who have fewer prekindergarten options...'

Education Week--14 Questions Educators Should Ask About AI-Based Products As more education companies power their products with artificial intelligence, K-12 decisionmakers more urgently need guidance to evaluate vendors’ claims about what that AI can do...' Politics K-12 (Education Week)--Schools' Top Priority for Flexible ESSA Grants Is Safer, Healthier Students When district leaders are given a fair amount of discretion over federal funds, one of their main responses is that they want to focus the money on their students' welfare. That's according to survey data released last week by a coalition of school business officers, superintendents, and others...'

The Hechinger Report--OPINION: When it comes to raising school achievement, is love in the mix? Giving students and educators the positive support they need...'

7-8-19 Education in the News
Star Ledger--School district was counting on $30M. It’s suing the state after lawmakers said no. School officials in Lakewood have filed a federal discrimination lawsuit over the state’s failure to provide an additional $30 million in funding...'

The Record—Op-Ed: Districts Can Save Millions by Prioritizing Public Specialized Schools Over Private Ones Educational Services Commission New Jersey offers comparable curricula to private schools, by teachers educated in the same universities...'

Asbury Park Press—Op-Ed: Fix New Jersey’s School Funding Formula, Busing Policies NOW! The Lakewood school district’s perpetual funding problems should never have reached this stage...'

NY Times--Do You Support Busing?’ Is Not the Best Question Issues of educational inequality raised by a 1970s-era practice remain relevant today, but language can obscure what’s really at stake...'

NPR--Kindness Vs. Cruelty: Helping Kids Hear The Better Angels Of Their Nature Are humans born kind?...'

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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