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4-7-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--State Supreme Court Sidesteps Ruling on Abbott School Funding Education Law Center, whose motion was denied, says it’s now up to Murphy administration and Legislature to come up with needed funds...'

Star Ledger--Should N.J. schools keep teaching through spring break? New York schools were already ordered to keep teaching through spring break. New Jersey students are settling into a groove with distance learning. And nobody has anywhere to go, even if there is a break from school...'

The Record--It's not a vacation: What high schoolers should do during lockdown to boost college chances SAT exams suspended. Sports and clubs canceled. Spring plays upended...'

NPR--Schools Ditch Zoom Amid Concerns Over Online Learning Security With so many schools closed, the Zoom video meeting app has become wildly popular among educators, but it's now under scrutiny for security and privacy issues...'

Education Week--How Much Home Teaching Is Too Much? Schools Differ in Demands on Parents What should “coronavirus school” look like?..'

Chalkbeat--These two traits will make you a better at-home teacher, this Bronx educator says...'

Education Dive--Darling-Hammond: COVID-19 brings 'central importance of public education back to people's minds'...'

4-6-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--NJ Is Alone Among the States for Its ‘Unusual’ Plan to Extend 2020 Fiscal Year Credit-ratings agencies will be looking closely at how New Jersey proceeds...'

NJ Spotlight--State Partners with NJTV to Bridge the Digital Divide, Put Classes on TV NJTV Learning Live launches today with daily on-air classes for grades three through six, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m...'

NJ Spotlight--Op-Ed: NJ’s Educators, Other School Employees Meet the COVID-19 Challenge Learning continues despite challenges in implementing a new education system ‘that was conceived and built almost overnight’...'

Star Ledger--School nurses answer the call, volunteering on the front lines as coronavirus cases surge...'

NJ Spotlight—Op-Ed--Is your kid looking at colleges? Mine is, and coronavirus has screwed up the search...'

Philadelphia Inquirer--In the time of coronavirus, a long-running South Jersey science fair presses on — through video chat...'

NPR--Children May Miss Meals As School Food Service Workers Fall Ill...'

Education Week--Zoom Use Skyrockets During Coronavirus Pandemic, Prompting Wave of Problems for Schools For many K-12 educators, Zoom only entered the lexicon a few weeks ago, as the coronavirus outbreak shut down schools nationwide. Already, it’s taken on a lot of baggage...'

Chalkbeat--Coronavirus has upended traditional school board meetings — and put transparency to the test It was business as usual in school board chambers across the U.S. just a few weeks ago. Board members would take their seats. Parents, students, teachers, and curious citizens would file in, sitting or standing shoulder-to-shoulder if the evening’s agenda was meaty. During time for public comment, speakers would line up and take turns at the same microphone. That would be unthinkable now. The COVID-19 pandemic has upended most aspects of American life, including how the public’s business is conducted...'

Education Dive--New York school districts must continue online learning through spring breaks...'

Edutopia--7 Guiding Principles For Parents Teaching From Home Understanding the “why” behind teaching practices can help parents create meaningful and effective at-home learning opportunities during the pandemic...'

The Hechinger Report--Planning ahead to catch up students when school reopens after coronavirus...'

4-3-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight—Meeting Notice: School’s Out: Education Commissioner Repollet on the State’s Role During COVID-19 The second in a series of virtual roundtables from NJ Spotlight and NJTV News addressing the daily reality and longer-term challenges of remote learning...'

Star Ledger--N.J. teachers are coming to your TV. Here’s how to watch. New Jersey schools remain closed because of the coronavirus pandemic, but class is still very much in session — yes, even on your TV...'

NJ Spotlight--TV, video games and other media could actually help your children while we’re all staying at home    Opinion
Media can help your children during the current crisis...'

NY Times--DeVos Weighs Waiving Special Education. Parents Are Worried. The $2 trillion coronavirus law grants the education secretary the power to waive special education rules as school districts struggle to teach all their students online...'

NPR: 9 Out Of 10 Children Are Out Of School Worldwide. What Now? Right now students are out of school in 185 countries. According to UNESCO, that's roughly 9 out of 10 schoolchildren worldwide...'

Education Dive--Hiring teachers remotely? Recruiters share 5 lessons from virtual job fairs Even when restrictions on group gatherings are lifted, more districts will likely incorporate tech and video into the hiring process...'

4-2-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Meeting Remotely, State BOE OKs Remote Learning for Special-Needs Students Changes will go into effect immediately; special-ed advocates say they’ll continue to monitor quality of education delivered to students with disabilities...'

Star Ledger--N.J. takes emergency action to allow virtual special education services during coronavirus outbreak New Jersey is temporarily revising its special education rules to help schools tackle one of the greatest challenges of distance learning during the coronavirus pandemic...'

Star Ledger--With coronavirus closing schools, many bus drivers, substitute teachers are out of jobs...'

Star Ledger--N.J. delays college aid deadline as coronavirus cripples economy New Jersey will move the application deadline for college financial aid from April 15 to June 1 for returning students as the state navigates the severe financial toll of the coronavirus pandemic...'

NPR--Here's How To Pick A College During Coronavirus Spring is a big time of year for the college-bound — getting acceptance letters, figuring out financial aid, making a decision. Even in a typical year, it can be overwhelming. But as we all know, this is not a typical year...'

Education Week--Coronavirus Squeezes Supply of Chromebooks, iPads, and Other Digital Learning Devices...'

Education Dive--Ed Dept issues proposed distance learning rules, emphasizes flexibility The U.S. Department of Education issued proposed rules for distance learning Wednesday, following a months-long rulemaking process last year...'

Edutopia--3 Tips for Humanizing Digital Pedagogy An elementary teacher who has worked for an edtech start-up argues that it’s important now—with teachers and students working separately—to promote reflection and social connection as tools for learning...'

4-1-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Can N.J.'s best teachers make virtual learning work? Here’s how they’re trying...' Star Ledger--N.J. school district switches to pass/fail grading because of the coronavirus Students in one New Jersey school district will receive only pass/fail grades for the remainder of the school year in response to the coronavirus pandemic’s unprecedented impact on education...'

Washington Post (via Philadelphia Inquirer)-FBI issues warning about ‘hijacking’ of online classes by intruders after schools report serious disruptions...'

Education Week--How to Teach Social-Emotional Learning When Students Aren't in School...'

Education Week--The Lost Senior Year: Credits, Proms, Sports All in Jeopardy...'

Education Dive--States ease graduation requirements as coronavirus closures extend More states are offering flexibilities around elective and even core credits to ensure seniors get their diplomas and move on to college despite closures...'

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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