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...'
GSCS Comment on The Road Back
The Garden State Coalition of Schools offers our thanks to the NJDOE staff members who worked tirelessly to provide support and considerations for school districts. The Garden State Coalition of Schools stands ready to support the NJDOE in the times ahead as continued contemplation regarding the ongoing health crisis looms...'
Happy Birthday GSCS!
In 1992, a group of superintendents came together to discuss the impact of school funding changes. Those discussions led to the founding of the Garden State Coalition of Schools, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting high quality public education for every student...'
8-7-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Op-Ed: Why New Jersey Should Decide Right Now to Start the School Year with Statewide Remote Learning...' NJ Spotlight--New Jersey Schools Reopen: Pressure Mounts for Delayed Start...'
NY Times--Congress’s Ideological Divide Has Stymied Aid for Pandemic-Stricken Schools...'
Washington Post--Lessons from the pandemic’s education pod parents...'
Education Week--Don't Rush to 'Diagnose' Learning Loss With a Formal Test. Do This Instead...'
Chalkbeat--‘I wouldn’t send anybody to school’: Newark mayor joins growing pushback against in-person learning...'
8-6-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Bayonne Schools Hope for State Approval of All-Virtual Learning in the Fall...' Jersey Journal (via Star Ledger)--Deciding whether to send your child back to school. Here’s what the experts say to consider...'
Washington Post--Back to school in a pandemic: A guide to all the factors keeping parents and educators up at night...'
NPR—How safe is your school’s reopening plan? Here’s what to look for...'
NPR--Most Teachers Concerned About In-Person School; 2 In 3 Want To Start The Year Online...'
Education Week--Teaching in an Empty Classroom During COVID-19: Benefits and Drawbacks...'
Education Dive--Researchers: State budget cuts feed declines in test scores, achievement...'
8-4-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Remote Learning Gets Mixed Marks in State Survey of Families...' Star Ledger--Children will be required to wear masks ‘at all times’ in schools, Murphy said...'
Philadelphia Inquirer—Op Ed: Time to Panic as PA Teachers Defect and Safety Concerns Threaten Reopening...'
Press of Atlantic City--Teachers in Atlantic County call for remote learning to start 2020-21 school year...'
NY Times--When Covid Subsided, Israel Reopened Its Schools. It Didn’t Go Well...'
Education Week--Will Opening Schools Make the Pandemic Worse?...'
Education Week--Betsy DeVos Pushes Schools to Clear COVID Hurdles Without Special Favors...'
Educators rally on national day of action as school reopening debate continues...'
8-3-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Children and Coronavirus: So Much Still Unknown as Schools Head for Reopening...'
The Atlantic--There Are Other Options Besides Reopening Schools...'
NPR--Overwhelmed, Stressed, Scared: School Nurses Brace for the Fall Semester...'
Insider NJ--Pennacchio: Governor Must Address Special Needs Students’ Education Immediately...'
Education Week--Map: Where Are Schools Open?...'
Edutopia--How to Help Students Get Used to Masks...'
7-31-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--NJ School Reopening: What’s Next as Plans Are Made to Open Classrooms...' Star Ledger--Teachers hit the streets to protest reopening schools during pandemic. ‘It’s not safe.'...'
The Record--'What is he going to lose?': How NJ parents are weighing whether to send kids back to school...'
NY Times--What Back to School Might Look Like in the Age of Covid-19...'
NY Times--$25,000 Pod Schools: How Well-to-Do Children Will Weather the Pandemic...'
NPR--What Are Parents Doing For Child Care? Here Are 3 Options (With Trade-Offs)...'
Education Week--Could the 'Pandemic Pod' Be a Lifeline for Parents or a Threat to Equity?...'
7-30-20 Education in the News
Star Ledger--Schools should reopen with in-person classes, Murphy says again as lawmakers call for delay...' ABC News--Should schools reopen for students' mental health? Experts weigh in...'
NJ Spotlight--Working Parents Face Child Care Issues with Hybrid School Schedules...'
Star Ledger--We don’t want in-person classes. Let us stay virtual, N.J. school district tells state...'
Star Ledger--N.J. schools would stay closed, start the year ‘all-remote’ under proposed bill...'
Jersey Journal--More than 200 teachers may not return to one of N.J.‘s largest school districts this fall...'
The Record--More in New Jersey contemplating all-remote education as first day of school approaches...'
The Atlantic--Will Kids Follow the New Pandemic Rules at School?...'
Education Week--States Overlook Academics in School Reopening Plans, Analysis Finds...'
Chalkbeat--Three ways America’s current schools crisis could hurt the broader economy...'
Education Dive--Teacher union's 'safety strikes' threat ramps up pressure on superintendents making reopening calls...'
Edutopia--Making Learning at Home Work for Preschool Students...'
7-29-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Op-Ed: NJ Legislation to Shift COVID-19 Costs to Workers’ Comp Would Leave Federal Funds on Table...' NY Times--Why Is There No Consensus About Reopening Schools?...'
Associated Press--Pennsylvania school leaders to state: We need more help...'
NPR--Teachers Union OKs Strikes If Schools Reopen Without Safety Measures In Place...'
Chalkbeat--What do schools need, and what might they get? Making sense of the big numbers that will shape the stimulus bill...'
7-28-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Clusters of Coronavirus Surge Among Young People...' Star Ledger--‘In-person education is critical’ in N.J. school reopening plans, Murphy says...'
Politics K-12 (via Education Week)--Betsy DeVos Backtracks on Remote Learning Options She Had Championed...'
Chalkbeat--Schools that don’t physically reopen would lose out on most funding under Republican stimulus bill...'
Education Dive--Ed Dept official: Don't expect testing waivers this year...'
7-27-20 Education in the News
ABC News--Parents concerned about children falling behind as COVID-19 keeps schools shuttered: POLL...' NJ Spotlight--Fine Print: Virtual Back-to-School Checklist State guidance defines what’s needed for families to stay all-virtual when...'
NJTV (via NJ Spotlight)--NJ Providing All Students with Technology to Close the Digital Divide...'
Star Ledger--From teachers to custodians: Ranking coronavirus risks staff members face as N.J. schools reopen to students...'
The Record--What if a child gets sick at school? An NJ pediatrician discusses how to reopen safely...'
NPR--Polls: Parents Are Hurting Without Child Care But In No Rush To Reopen Schools...'
Education Week--Parents Mobilize as Schools Wrestle With Tough Pandemic Decisions...'
Education Week--Top DeVos Deputy: Our 'Instinct' Is to Not Give States Testing Waivers Next Year...'
Chalkbeat/NY Times--Reopening America’s schools is way harder than it should be...'
Education Dive--Flexibility needed to maintain teacher training during coronavirus...'
Edutopia--Reflections—and Lessons Learned—From Remote Learning...'
The Hechinger Report--PROOF POINTS: Survey reveals stark rich-poor divide in how U.S. children were taught remotely during the spring school closures...'
7-24-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Profile: Interim Schools Chief Jumps into the Fire...' NJ Spotlight--Op-Ed: Let’s Not Kid Ourselves About What Reopened Schools Will Look Like...'
Star Ledger--No students in class until January? Yes, one N.J. union leader says in urging big delay...'
Star Ledger--N.J. schools to get state guidance Friday to develop new remote-only options for students, Murphy says...'
The Record--Will schools be safe? Teachers, staff worry and wait as schools prepare to open...'
Washington Post—Op-Ed--The problem with pandemic education ‘pods’...'
NPR--Trump Announces New Guidelines For Reopening Schools...'
Education Week--The Pivot Back to Remote Learning: Checklists for Teachers, Principals, and Ed-Tech Leaders...'
Chalkbeat--Education researchers come together on what schools need now — starting with more money...'
Education Dive--Report: 16.9M students still lack home internet access...'
7-23-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--New Methods Pose Challenges and Health Risks for Teachers Returning to School...' NJ Spotlight--New Jersey Has Spent Only a Fraction of $2.4B Federal COVID-19 Aid, Legislative Sources Say...'
Associated Press (via StarLedger)--Poll: Very few Americans back full school reopening...'
Star Ledger--N.J. schools face $1B cut without new federal stimulus aid, Murphy warns as he blasts McConnell...'
The Record--Coming Thursday, 1 pm: NJ teachers union head, Ridgewood/ Leonia medical expert discuss school opening live...'
Asbury Park Press--Lakewood Board of Education approves plan to open schools, purchase classrooms and shields...'
NPR--Families Of Children With Special Needs Are Suing In Several States. Here's Why...'
Education Week--Round-the-Clock Communication Is Exhausting Teachers...'
Chalkbeat--Reopening America’s schools is way harder than it should be...'
Chalkbeat--Denver promises its 100% virtual school will be ‘more robust’ than in the spring. Here’s how it would work...'
Education Dive--When schools reopen, extra cleaning will be essential but expensive...'
7-22-20 Education in the News
NJTV News--Expect staff shortages, online classes in NJ schools this fall...' Chalkbeat (via NJ Spotlight)--New Jersey Families Were Promised $416 per Child in Coronavirus Food Benefits. Some Are Still Waiting...'
NY Times--Newsom Order Would Keep Most California Schools Online...'
The Atlantic--In Defense of Our Teachers...'
NPR--When Can Kids Go Back To School? Leaders Say 'As Soon As It's Safe'...'
Politics K-12 (via Education Week)--Tension Rises in States Over Who Decides When to Reopen Schools...'
Education Dive--Infectious disease experts identify coronavirus safety measures for reopening schools...'
Edutopia--Engaging White Students in Conversations About Race...'
The Hechinger Report--Parents are panicking, giving up their careers and spending thousands of dollars on piecemeal solutions for the school year...'
7-21-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Murphy Offers ‘Virtual-Only’ Option for 2020 School Reopening...' Star Ledger--N.J. to allow all-remote learning option for students when schools reopen in the fall, Murphy says...'
NPR--When Can Kids Go Back To School? Leaders Say 'As Soon As It's Safe'...'
Education Week--School Districts' Reopening Plans: A Snapshot...'
Chalkbeat--Teacher anxiety is on the rise. Will their unions emerge as a force in the school reopening debate?...'
Education Dive--Refreshing staff on FERPA essential as districts implement COVID-19 screening...'
7-20-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Murphy to Use $54M in Federal Aid to Help Bridge Digital Divide in State’s Schools...' Star Ledger--You need to ‘mask train’ your kids before schools reopen, N.J. districts say. Here’s how to do it...'
Star Ledger--Trump cites few coronavirus deaths among kids in N.J. as reason for reopening schools...'
Star Ledger--Instructional pods, hand sanitizers and hybrid learning. What schools will be like in this N.J. county...'
Education Week--How America's Leaders Have Failed Educators on COVID-19...'
Chalkbeat--Newark eyes mix of in-person and online learning but families will have ‘ultimate choice’...'
Edutopia--2 Simple Ways to Improve Online Instruction...'
7-17-20 Education in the News
Chalkbeat (via NJ Spotlight)--Can Schools Reopen Safely? Newark Pilot Program Offers a Trial Run...' Star Ledger--Should N.J. reopen schools? Residents split on in-person vs. online classes, poll shows...'
Philadelphia Inquirer--Pa. recommends 6-foot distancing all day in schools; teachers union calls for districts to plan for online-only learning...'
Asbury Park Press--Murphy: NJ has $54M of $115M needed to give all students internet access; donations sought...'
NPR--Exclusive: CDC Won't Release School Guidance This Week As Anticipated...'
Education Week--Rising Wave of Districts Sticking With Full-Time Remote Learning...'
Chalkbeat--NYC parents worried about sending their children into school buildings can now sign up for fully online classes...'
Education Dive--More robust coronavirus guidelines needed to protect high-risk educators...'
7-16-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Another Reopening Dilemma for NJ Schools: Students, Teachers Afraid to Come Back...' Star Ledger--Don’t want to send your kids back to school? Here are 4 options for N.J. parents...'
Philadelphia Inquirer--Philly’s school plan is out. Parents are panicked...'
NY Times--Citing Educational Risks, Scientific Panel Urges That Schools Reopen...'
NY Times--In the Same Towns, Private Schools Are Reopening While Public Schools Are Not...'
NPR--Is School Safe? Will Districts Test For COVID-19? Answering Back-To-School Questions...'
Education Dive--NWEA: Rethink online assessments, student growth in wake of COVID-19...'
The Hechinger Report--TEACHER VOICE: Reimagine schools? We must widen our starting points...'
7-15-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Op-Ed: Congress Needs to Finish Job, Help Nation Rebuild Crumbling Schools...' Star Ledger--Trump administration rescinds rule on foreign students...'
NPR--A Teacher Who Contracted COVID-19 Cautions Against In-Person Schooling...'
Education Week--Tracking Student Attendance Under Remote Learning Is a Complicated Mess...'
Chalkbeat--Despite stress of closures, most parents wary of rush to return to school buildings, polls show...'
Chalkbeat--I’m a class scheduler in NYC. Here’s what I need to know to do my job...'
Education Dive--Parents, teachers challenge school reopening decisions...'
7-14-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Schools Face Uphill Battle Preparing to Reopen This Fall...' Star Ledger--Start date pushed back in N.J. district to give staff time to prep for new coronavirus rules...'
Jersey Journal--Jersey City parents can keep their kids home for remote learning if they choose...'
NY Times--DeVos Abandons a Lifetime of Local Advocacy to Demand Schools Reopen...'
Chalkbeat--As coronavirus cases mount, school districts make the call to start the year virtually...'
Education Dive--Watchdog report challenges Trump administration school safety recommendations...'
Edutopia--How to Coach Parents Who Are Teaching at Home...'
7-13-20 Education in the News
Star Ledger--Might N.J. schools not reopen this fall because of coronavirus? Murphy hints it’s possible...'
Star Ledger--Will N.J. have enough teachers to reopen schools? Union worried many won’t go back...'
The Record--Do police officers belong in NJ schools? Racial justice protests stir debate...'
NPR--Denver School Principal On How Black Students Led Swift Changes To History Curriculum...'
Education Week--How the CDC and Pediatricians Differ on School Reopening Guidance...'
Chalkbeat--As CARES Act helps some schools, many say it’s just a down payment on what districts need to avoid financial disaster...'
Chalkbeat--Pediatricians distance themselves from Trump’s school reopening push in new statement...'
Education Dive--Will schools mandate COVID-19 vaccine or face liability?...'
7-10-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--New COVID-19 Concern for NJ Schools: Will Teachers Return to Classrooms?...' NPR--Veteran Educator On The Endless But 'Joyful' Work Of Creating Anti-Racist Education...'
Education Week--Getting Kids to School: Tackling the COVID-19 Transportation Problem...'
Education Week--Principals Have Major Doubts About Keeping Students and Staff Safe When Schools Reopen...'
Chalkbeat--America’s mask debate shifts to schools as officials decide who should mask and how...'
Chalkbeat--Department of Education-funded report points to safety benefits of partial school reopening, in conflict with Trump, DeVos push...'
Edutopia--How White Teachers Can Support BIPOC Colleagues...'
7-9-20 Education in the News
The Atlantic--A First Draft of a History-Textbook Entry for the Year 2020 A historian imagines the chapter high schoolers might read one day about this momentous time...'
NPR--When It Comes To Reopening Schools, 'The Devil's In The Details,' Educators Say...'
Education Week--Will Kindergartens Be Empty This Fall?...'
Education Week--White House to States: Reopen School Buildings or Risk Additional Relief Funds...'
Education Dive--Pitting mental health against safety, national leaders point to SEL in school reopening debate...'
Edutopia--On Standardized Tests, Students Face an ‘Online Penalty’...'
7-8-20 Education in the News
It’s Hard for Public to Know How Much Taxpayers Will Save from Deals Between NJ and Unions...' Associated Press (via Star Ledger)--Trump pushes state, local leaders to reopen schools in fall...'
NY Times--Trump Leans on Schools to Reopen as Virus Continues Its Spread...'
The Atlantic--A Better Fall Is Possible...'
NPR--States Sue Education Department Over Allocation Of Pandemic Funds To Schools...'
Politics K-12 (via Education Week)--House Bill Would Boost K-12 Aid by Over $500 Million, but Cut Charter School Fund...'
Education Dive--Survey: Students relatively positive on distance learning, but obstacles remain...'
7-7-20 Education in the News
Politics K-12 (via Education Week)--CDC Does Not Recommend Schools Test All Students, Staff for Coronavirus...'
Education Dive--History texts under scrutiny amid growing bias awareness...'
Hechinger Report--COLUMN: With few answers about returning to school or campus, let’s support children instead of hiding them...'
7-2-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Murphy Signs Teacher Health-Plan Reform, Union Praises Deal Does Sweeney’s backing indicate new détente between Senate president and NJEA, after years of sparring and scuffling?...'
Chalkbeat (via NJ Spotlight)--It’s official: State Returns Newark Schools to Local Control, Following Two-Year Transition...'
Star Ledger--N.J. education chief steps down, interim named...'
The Record--NJ appoints interim chief to lead schools as coronavirus, remote learning challenges loom...'
NY Times--Private and Religious School Backers See Broad Victory in Supreme Court Decision...'
Education Week--Recruiting and Retaining Diverse Teachers: Why It Matters, Ways to Do It...'
Politics K-12 (via Education Week)--Democrats Push Big Education and Child Care Virus Relief Packages...'
Education Dive--Will climbing coronavirus cases derail school reopenings?...'
7-1-20 Education in the News
ABC News--Teachers are reinventing how Black history, anti-racism are taught in schools as system falls short...' NJ Spotlight--After Passing a Stopgap Budget, Gov. Phil Murphy and Lawmakers Must Find Billions by October...'
NY Times--Supreme Court Gives Religious Schools More Access to State Aid Religious schools should have the same access to scholarships and funds as other private schools, the justices ruled, in a victory for conservatives...'
Education Week--The All-Remote Schedule: No Risk to Health, High Risk to Learning...'
Politics K-12 (via Education Week) CDC Will Provide Virus-Testing Guidance for Schools as Pressure to Reopen Grows...'
Chalkbeat--America’s great remote-learning experiment: What surveys of teachers and parents tell us about how it went...'
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.
Garden State Coalition of Schools