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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...'
9-24-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--NJ lawmakers find millions for pet projects in budget that borrows billions, raises taxes...' NY Times--This Is the Casual Racism That I Face at My Elite High School...'

NPR--School Attendance In The COVID Era: What Counts As 'Present'?...'

Education Week--COVID-19 Education Relief: Congress Dithers and Advocates Fume...'

Politics K-12 (via Education Week)--Five Reasons Policymakers Now Think Money Should No Longer 'Follow Students'...'

Chalkbeat--N.J. eased its attendance rules during the pandemic. Then Newark said 99.8% of students were present...'

Education Dive--Study: Schools still struggle with distance learning, but key solutions are emerging...'

The Hechinger Report—Op-Ed--COLUMN: Endangered public schools need federal leadership more than ever...'

9-23-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Fine Print: Teacher evaluation in the COVID era...' Star Ledger--Schools in N.J. are giving out free meals to kids, regardless of your income...'

Press of Atlantic City--The resumption of high school sports brings a bit of normalcy to area towns...'

NPR--New Dashboard Tracks Coronavirus Cases In Schools Across 47 States...'

Chalkbeat--Another pandemic shift: In many school districts, 1 in 10 kindergartners didn’t show up...'

Education Dive--GAO report: Unclear federal K-12 coronavirus guidance concerning...'

9-22-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Learning pods create classroom feel for remote students...' Star Ledger--Need money for childcare while your kids are remote learning? How to apply for a new $150M N.J. program...'

NY Times--As Schools Go Remote, Finding ‘Lost’ Students Gets Harder...'

New York Times--What We Know About Coronavirus Cases in K-12 Schools So Far...'

Education Week--Is Online Learning Worse Than Being in School? Majority of Teens Say Yes...'

Edutopia--What Teens Say They Need, and How Schools Can Adjust...'

The HechingerReport--OPINION: Fixing education during the pandemic means fixing an uneasy relationship with technology...'

9-21-20 Education in the News
Education--As more teachers stay out of classrooms, schools struggle to find substitutes...' Star Ledger--N.J. kids are now doing remote learning - and recess - from a trampoline park...'

NY Times--Streaming Kindergarten on TikTok...'

Education Week--Do Parents Trust Schools? Where the Fault Lines Are During COVID-19...'

Education Dive--Report: Teacher pay still lags peers in other professions by 19.2%...'

9-18-20 Education in the News
Politics K-12 (via Education Week)--CDC Details Color-Coded Risk Levels for In-Person Learning During Pandemic...' Chalkbeat (via NJ Spotlight)--Almost all Newark students now have laptops, district says, but tech challenges remain...'

NY Times--DeVos Vows to Withhold Desegregation Aid to Schools Over Transgender Athletes...'

NPR--Child Positive For Coronavirus Was Sent To School Anyway. Others Quarantining Now...'

Education Week--Do Parents Trust Schools? Where the Fault Lines Are During COVID-19...'

Education Dive--Survey: 1 in 3 teachers considering exit, early retirement due to coronavirus...'

9-17-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Laptop shortage, lack of internet access behind bumpy start to remote learning...' NY Times--For School Outbreaks, It’s When, Not If That’s frightening. But a case at your child’s school does not mean you should panic...'

NPR--'I'm Only 1 Person': Teachers Feel Torn Between Their Students And Their Own Kids...'

Education Week--When Is It Safe for Schools to Open? Many States Haven't Given Clear Answers...'

Chalkbeat--How much online learning is too much? Schools’ shift to live virtual classes sparks pushback...'

Education Dive--Report: 23 states, DC failed to give schools health guidance for reopening...'

Edutopia--Engaging Students in Virtual Instruction With the Camera Off...'

The Hechinger Report--OPINION: Distrust of science in the coronavirus era reminds us why we must boost elementary science education...'

9-16-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--More schools switch to remote learning amid positive COVID-19 cases...' Star Ledger--Trump administration sending 2.4M masks to N.J. schools but Congress members fear cuts for other equipment...'

Star Ledger--N.J. likely won’t have to close all schools, switch to remote learning because of COVID-19 cases, Murphy says...'

Philadelphia Inquirer--As virtual school year begins, frustrated parents are pushing school boards to reconsider...'

The Atlantic--What Is Good Teaching?...'

Education Week--Cyberattacks Disrupt Learning Even More During COVID-19...'

Chalkbeat--The pandemic is spotlighting longstanding issues with America’s school buildings...'

Education Dive--Districts embrace in-person learning pods for marginalized students...'

9-15-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Back to school in New Jersey: What to expect this fall...' Star Ledger--No evidence of in-classroom transmission as number of COVID-19 cases at N.J. schools rises, state says...'

Press of Atlantic City--Gov. Murphy wrong to cut funding for school-based counseling programs, says Sen. Michael Testa...'

Insider NJ--Karabinchak, Jasey & Lampitt Bill to Create ‘School Nurse Consultant’ Position in Department of Education Now Law...'

NY Times--Will This Be a Lost Year for America’s Children?...'

Education Week--When Is it Safe for Schools to Open? Many States Haven't Given Clear Answers...'

Education Week--Districts Struggle to Keep Tabs on COVID-19 Cases...'

Edutopia--Establishing Routines for Remote Learning...'

9-14-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--NJ Schools Reopen: What Districts Are Remote, In-Person or Hybrid?...' Star Ledger--Schools in at least 6 N.J. districts announce schedule changes over student, staff COVID-19 cases...'

Education Week--What a Trump Directive on 'Anti-American Propaganda' Means for the Ed. Dept...'

Chalkbeat--A nationwide divide: Hispanic and Black students more likely than white students to start the year online...'

Edutopia--Trauma is ‘Written Into Our Bodies’—but Educators Can Help...'

The Hechinger Report--OPINION: Distrust of science in the coronavirus era reminds us why we must boost elementary science education...'

9-11-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--NJ Lawmakers Demand More Information, More School Aid Dollars...' Star Ledger--N.J. could spare life-saving school counseling program from budget ax, Murphy says...'

Star Ledger--Did your kid fall behind during the pandemic? N.J. schools to unveil new 'Start Strong’ exam to find out...'

Star Ledger--Murphy says N.J. is keeping a close eye on COVID-19 cases in schools as in-person classes resume...'

Education Dive--Outdoor learning is safer, but how are schools doing it?...'

Edutopia--3 Participation Strategies for Live Video Instruction...'

9-10-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Students Still Face Gaps in Tech Needed for Remote Learning...' Star Ledger--N.J. high school cancels in-person classes for 2 weeks after student COVID-19 infection...'

NY Times --My Child Has a Disability. What Will Her Education Be Like This Year?...'

NPR--The Pandemic Has Researchers Worried About Teen Suicide...'

9-9-20 Education in the NewsNJ Spotlight--Gov. Phil Murphy’s Tax Estimates Off by More Than $1B, Legislative Analysts Say
NJ Spotlight--Gov. Phil Murphy’s Tax Estimates Off by More Than $1B, Legislative Analysts Say...' Star Ledger--87 school districts can reopen even though their reopening plans aren’t approved, N.J officials say...'

Star Ledger--Schools across N.J. reopened today. Here’s what it looked like...'

Star Ledger--N.J. teachers pen scathing list of remote-learning problems after first week of school reopening...'

NY Times--Website Crashes and Cyberattacks Welcome Students Back to School...'

NPR--Researchers Warn Nearly Half Of U.S. Child Care Centers Could Be Lost To Pandemic...'

Education Week--Schools May Get Sued Over COVID-19. 7 Things to Know About Managing That Risk...'

Chalkbeat--In nationwide ruling, judge blocks DeVos rule on aid to private schools...'

Education Dive--Districts' approaches to accommodating high-risk educators a mixed bag...'

Edutopia--Helping Teachers Feel More Confident About Distance Learning...'

9-8-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--NJ Schools Reopen: What Districts Are Remote, In-Person or Hybrid?...' NJ Spotlight--NJ Reopens Schools, Restaurants, Gyms and More — but What’s Next?...'

Star Ledger--Don’t take away our students’ mental health counseling, cash-strapped N.J. district pleads...'

Star Ledger--Organizations donate 1,200 hotspots to Trenton public schools to close ’digital divide’...'

The Record--What parents need to know as NJ schools reopen this week amid coronavirus pandemic...'

NY Times--Coronavirus Schools Briefing: Lunch Along With Learning...'

NPR--'Children Are Going Hungry': Why Schools Are Struggling To Feed Students...'

Education Dive--DeVos: States should 'rethink' assessment, consider competency, mastery-based assessments...'

9-4-20 Education in the News
NJTV News (via NJ Spotlight)--Video: How Will Kids Be Affected by the Absence of School?...' Education Week--Why Students Need Social-Emotional Learning Now...'

Education Week--Nation's Schools Get a 'C' Once Again, Even as Pandemic Turns Up the Heat...'

Politics K-12 (via Education Week)--Betsy DeVos Tells States Not to Expect Waivers From Annual Tests...'

Education Dive--1:1 programs 'on steroids' bring challenges for school districts...'

9-3-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--What Grade Does Murphy Get for NJ Schools’ Reopening?...' NJ Spotlight--Video: Toms River Details Virtual Plan Waiting on State Approval...'

NJ Spotlight--Interview: Head of High School Athletics in NJ Talks About Returning to Play...'

Star Ledger--N.J. has the best public schools in the nation — again, ranking says...'

Star Ledger--Thousands pushing to spare life-saving school counseling program from Murphy’s budget ax...'

The Record--Once hailed as heroes, NJ teachers face backlash as tensions grow over all-remote learning...'

NY Times—Op-Ed: ‘Remote Learning’ Is Often an Oxymoron...'

Education Dive--DOL: No federal-approved leave for families choosing remote learning...'

Education Week--Nation's Schools Get a 'C' Once Again, Even as Pandemic Turns Up the Heat...'

9-2-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Fine Print: Survey of NJ School Districts, a Clear Call for Help...' NJTV News (via NJ Spotlight)--Video: How Hazlet Township Prepared for In-Person Learning This Fall...'

Star Ledger--N.J. school district lays off 240 employees, citing financial impact of coronavirus...'

The Record--Here's a list of the current reopening plans for school districts across North Jersey...'

Education Week--Are All-Remote Districts Really Saving That Much Money This Fall?...'

The Hechinger Report--As the world goes virtual, big education technology players tighten their grip...'

9-1-20 Education in the News
NJ TV News (via NJ Spotlight)-Video: Teacher Shortages Force School Districts to Go Virtual...' NJ Spotlight--Video: Bill Would Mandate Flu Shots for All Students Pre-K Through College...'

NJ Spotlight--Want to Weigh In on Murphy’s Budget? Write It Down...'

NY Times--Federal Government Relaxes Rules on Feeding Low-Income Students...'

NPR--Remote Learning's Distractions Put Extra Pressure On Students With ADHD...'

Education Week--Are All-Remote Districts Really Saving That Much Money This Fall?...'

Education Dive--Report: Up to 4 months of 'COVID slide' learning loss expected in K-5...'

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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.

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