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7-18-18 Education in the News
Education Week--Summer Learning Gaps Worsen in Higher Grades, Just Not the Way You Think By the end of middle school, students may lose a third to half of what they learn during the year to the so-called "summer slide."...'
7-17-18 Education in the News
Washington Post--‘Betsy DeVos is the worst secretary of education ever’ — teachers union leaders come out swinging The leaders of the two largest teachers unions in the country are coming out swinging after a Supreme Court ruling that dealt a blow to labor organizations’ ability to collect fees...'

Education Week--One-Third of Parents Fear for Their Child's Safety at School After a year scarred by two mass shootings in high schools, 34 percent of parents fear for their child’s safety at school, a new poll finds, and just 27 percent are very confident or extremely confident about their school’s ability to deter a gunman...'

Week--What Would a Merged Education and Labor Department Look Like? Debates aside, what would go where? President Donald Trump's proposal to scrap the U.S. Department of Education and merge it with the Department of Labor reflects the administration's priority on workforce readiness and career development...'

Associated Press (via Education Week)-- The Billionaires Pushing Charter School Expansion in States Dollar for dollar, the beleaguered movement to bring charter schools to Washington state has had no bigger champion than billionaire Bill Gates...'

7-16-18 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--See How Much Your School District Is Gaining, or Losing, in ‘Redistributed’ Aid There’s been a net increase of $350M in funding. Some districts are winners, but others are losers. Who wins, who loses?...'

NJ Spotlight--Tackling Teen Suicides in NJ — and the Online Connection Lawmakers propose studying effects of electronic devices, online communication on schoolchildren. In related move, they want kids to be assessed for symptoms of depression...'

Star Ledger--Which kids will still take PARCC? What N.J.'s testing overhaul means for every grade Standardized testing as New Jersey students have known it for the past four years is about to undergo a major overhaul. If Gov. Phil Murphy gets his way, he will eliminate some PARCC tests, shorten others and scrub the PARCC name from the controversial exams. What does it all mean for students?...'

Star Ledger--Murphy scores political points on the PARCC    Editorial
Gov. Phil Murphy just announced that he will start phasing out the PARCC test, our state's most powerful diagnostic tool for student achievement...'

The Record--More cuts to NJ pensions and health benefits? Not so fast, says Phil Murphy Sweeney's cost-cutting crusade puts Murphy in a bind...'

Education Week--With Onslaught of Emails and Ads, Conservative Groups Push Teachers to Drop Their Unions In the days after the Janus decision, right-wing groups have sent emails and placed ads urging teachers to drop their union membership. The Mackinac Center, a free-market think tank in Michigan, sent emails featuring this image to union members in New York state...'

7-13-18 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Murphy Administration Hopes to Save on Cost of Public-Worker Benefits Renewed focus in Trenton on price tag of health insurance, as troubled pension system also expected to come in for more scrutiny...'

Star Ledger--Poof! PARCC will disappear (not really) from N.J. schools after this trick Just as Gov. Phil Murphy promised, New Jersey students may have taken the maligned PARCC exams for the final time. Well, kind of...'

Star Ledger--3 ways Murphy could clean up PARCC and other school testing    Opinion
New Jersey's testing and high school graduation policies are proving increasingly confusing...'

Asbury Park Press-- Voters, beware the billion-dollar bond: Editorial Remember not long ago when legislators were pondering a $500 million borrowing plan to expand New Jersey’s vocational and technical school programs? That idea has grown a bit...'

Education Week--There's No Single Profile of a Violent Student, Secret Service Says in New Report Students who pose a safety threat to schools can be male or female, socially isolated or popular, and academic stars or poor perfomers—in other words, they don't fit one single stereotype...'

7-12-18 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--PARCC Is on the Way Out, But Not Everyone Is Happy to See It Go State board presented proposal to cut PARCC graduation requirements to just two tests, but some educators speak in favor of unpopular evaluation...'

NJ Spotlight--Lawmakers Hope to Reduce Drug Abuse, OD Deaths in Schools Can starting drug education in seventh grade and stockpiling naloxone in high schools help turn tide in battle against substance abuse?...'

Asbury Park Press—Editorial: Desegregation ball in Repollet's court: Bergmann New Jersey’s public schools are the sixth most segregated in the nation. It’s time for Gov. Phil Murphy, state Education Commissioner Lamont Repollet and the state Legislature to do something about it...'

Education Week-- Counseling, Mental Health Access Dominate Federal School Safety Meeting Students—especially those from vulnerable populations and children in remote areas—aren't getting nearly enough access to mental health services...'

7-11-18 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Murphy Begins to Wind Down PARCC Testing in NJ Schools Governor announces cuts in controversial program. But, having once promised to scrap it, he concedes it will take a while to replace it...'

Star Ledger--Big changes are coming for PARCC. What it means for students, teachers New Jersey will begin its long breakup with the controversial PARCC tests by eliminating four exams, loosening graduation requirements and reducing the weight of the tests in teacher evaluations, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Tuesday...'

Asbury Park Press--NJ schools are segregated, group says; fixing that would force big changes...'

Education Week--Controversial Discipline Program Not to Blame for Parkland School Shooting, Commission Finds A controversial school discipline program adopted by the Broward County, Fla., district to reduce student arrests cannot be blamed for the shooting by a former student there, a state commission said Tuesday...'

7-10-18 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--NJ Concussion Doc Warns Parents: Keep Kids Out of Youth Football Other doctors question this caution, while sports advocates argue football remains a path to educational and economic opportunity for some kids It’s a dilemma hundreds of thousands of New Jersey parents have struggled with over the years: If my young child plays tackle football, do they really risk brain damage?...'

NJ Spotlight--Opinion: The Not So Hidden Agenda to Stall Expansion of Public Charter Schools in NJ Follow the money behind two-pronged legal and academic attack. Realize the endgame is a moratorium on charters...'

NJ Spotlight--New Superintendent of Newark’s Schools Promises Forward March Roger León says he’s responsible for setting stage for what happens years down the line...'

Star Ledger--Murphy plans to kill four PARCC exams. Here's who could get out of testing New Jersey's new governor wasn't able to fulfill his campaign promise to "scrap PARCC Day 1," but it appears he's now trying to kill at least some of the controversial tests...'

Education Week--Trump Nominates Brett Kavanaugh, Son of a Teacher, for U.S. Supreme Court President Donald J. Trump on Monday night named Brett Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge in Washington with a relatively light record of rulings on education, to succeed Justice Anthony M. Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court...'

Education Week--After Janus Ruling, Teachers Are Suing for Return of Fees They've Paid Their Unions Seven teachers in California filed a class-action lawsuit seeking repayment of fees previously paid to their union, after the Supreme Court recently ruled unions cannot collect fees from nonmembers to make up for the cost of collective bargaining...'

7-9-18 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Lawmakers Want to Borrow $1B for Education Items but Leave Voters with Final Say Bipartisan support to ask voters for massive bond. The money would go to school security, technical training, and cleaning up school water. Will governor sign on?...'

NJ Spotlight--Opinion: New Jersey Scores Another Own Goal with ‘Horrendous’ Tax Choices Garden State’s competitiveness severely weakened by political leaders’ budget deal. Taking the easy way out, they made worst possible policy decisions...'

Star Ledger--These high schools have the top SAT scores in each of N.J.'s 21 counties...'

Star Ledger--The least educated town in each of N.J.'s 21 counties...'

Star Ledger--N.J. may force school districts to raise taxes. Is yours affected? New Jersey is about to require tax hikes in as many as 30 school districts as part of an under-the-radar maneuver so rare that school officials themselves are still trying to figure out who is affected...'

The Atlantic-- The Problem With Generalizing About ‘America’s Schools’ It’s an abstraction that has obscured the true workings of the country’s education system for decades...'

6-29-18 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Millionaires Tax Is Crux as Murphy, Democratic Leaders Can’t Get to ‘Yes’ on Budget Tick tock. That’s the sound of the clock ticking toward a government shutdown, while governor and legislative leaders compromise a little but not yet enough to agree on a state budget...'

Star Ledger--The 30 N.J. towns with the highest school tax bills...'

Education Week--When States and the Feds Take Different Paths on School Accountability A hallmark of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act was that states would get enough freedom to design one coherent set of priorities for their schools, finally putting an end to the politically divisive system that preceded ESSA, when thousands of schools answered to distinct federal and state accountability systems...'

NPR-Is This Supreme Court Decision The End Of Teachers Unions?...'

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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