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All Meetings, starting in September 2021...'
GSCS Statement Condemning Violence Motivated by Race, Ethnicity or Sexual Orientation
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...'
2022 Annual Meeting--Executive Director
In 1992, a group of suburban superintendents came together to found GSCS. At the time, they were concerned about school funding and school funding policy. Thirty years later we are still talking about school funding...'
6-29-22 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Op-Ed: To address shortage of special education teachers, go local...' Education Week--What Schools Really Learned From Remote Learning...'

Education Dive-NCES: School shootings increase while bullying, harassment on decline...'

The Hechinger Report--OPINION: Children today are facing a mental health crisis. Smartphones are making it worse...'

6-28-22 Education in the News
NY Times--Supreme Court Sides With Coach Over Prayers at the 50-Yard Lined...' Education Week--What Would Make Schools Safer? Here’s What Educators Say...'

Chalkbeat--What will the Supreme Court decision on prayer mean for schools?...'

Education Dive--Title IX proposals would tighten ‘pass the trash’ loophole...'

The Hechinger Report--Climate change threatens America’s ragged school infrastructure...'

6-27-22 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Op-Ed: The ed-TPA exam deters too many qualified teachers from entering the classroom Urging the Assembly to act now to ‘eliminate the unnecessary and often discriminatory’ exam before lawmakers’ summer recess...'

Star Ledger--NJ restricts solitary confinement in prisons. Why not in schools?    Editorial...'

NY Times--Schools Are Spending Billions on High-Tech Defense for Mass Shootings...'

Education Week--What the ‘Roe v. Wade’ Reversal Means for Educators, Schools, and Students...'

Chalkbeat--Meals to go, fresh veggies: What the extension of meal waivers means for schools...'

The Hechinger Report--Blurring the lines between education and workforce...'

6-24-22 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Lawmakers move to make mental health of NJ’s youth a key issue...' NJ Spotlight--FDA orders Juul to remove all vaping products from US market...'

Star Ledger--With all N.J.’s extra cash, replace crumbling schools    Editorial...'

The Record—Here’s what would be tax-free under N.J.’s school supplies “tax holiday”...'

Philadelphia Inquirer--LGBTQ Students would get new protections under Biden plan...'

Education Week--The Stay Interview: How It Can Help Schools Hold Onto Valued Staff...'

Chalkbeat--‘A loud message’: LGBTQ students protected from discrimination, proposed rules say...'

6-23-22 Education in the News
Star Ledger--You can soon buy school supplies tax-free in N.J. under tax holiday announced by Murphy, top Dems...' MyCentralJersey.com--Will New Jersey do away with the 11th grade assessment test?...'

The Atlantic—Learning Loss Doesn’t Begin to Describe What Happened...'

Education Week--Paraprofessionals: As the ‘Backbones’ of the Classroom, They Get Low Pay, Little Support...'

Education Week--Congress is poised to pass a bill in response to the Uvalde shooting. Here’s what it means for schools...'

Education Dive--What does Carson v. Makin mean for ed leaders?...'

6-22-22 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Doubling of funding for electric school buses just needs Murphy’s OK...' NY Times--Supreme Court Rejects Maine’s Ban on Aid to Religious Schools...'

Education Week--Hour by Busy Hour: What a Principal’s Day Actually Looks Like...'

6-21-22 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--High school graduation test may get a rewrite Bill would give state two months to start to come up with a new test...'

Star Ledger--As student depression and anxiety soar, N.J. lawmakers demand more from schools...'

The Record—N.J. bills call for threat assessment teams, mental health access...'

NPR--We asked teachers how their year went. They warned of an exodus to come...'

Education Week--School Shootings Are Fueling the Debate Over Cellphones in Class...'

6-20-22 Education in the News
Star Ledger--Inside the quiet rooms N.J. schools are locking kids in padded rooms. Are they breaking the law?...'

Philadelphia Inquirer—Cheerleading can be dangerous for teens and young adults. Here’s how the sport is getting safer...'

Press of Atlantic City--New Jersey debates response to gun violence in schools, with no clear solutions...'

Education Week--Biden’s Order on LGBTQ Equality: What Educators Need to Know...'

Education Dive--Over 200 groups call on Education Department to release Title IX rule by law’s 50th anniversary...'

The Hechinger Report--OPINION: As year comes to a close, this elementary school principal has an urgent plea: End gun violence now...'

6-17-22 Education the News
Star Ledger--Another 2 N.J. school districts add armed security...' Education Week--How School Staffing Shortages Are Hurting Students...'

Education Dive--Expectations for ESSER: Will the improvements be sustainable?...'

Edutopia--6 Museums With Exceptional Teacher Resources From full-fledged lesson plans and virtual field trips to expansive digital archives and opportunities for professional learning, museums have so much to offer beyond the in-person experience...'

6-16-22 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--There’s a new number to call for crisis and suicide prevention Along with the new number there will be additional resources to help people in crisis...'

Star Ledger--The lessons of Juneteenth can enrich the history we teach our students    Opinion...'

Education Week--Number of Trans Youth Is Twice as High as Previous Estimates, Study Finds...'

Chalkbeat--Trading ‘Please focus’ for ‘How are you?’: A listening strategy that’s helping some teachers improve the classroom experience...'

Education Dive--3 ways to navigate book challenges in lesson planning...'

The Hechinger Report--‘Next year will be a better year’: An oral history of year three of pandemic schooling, Part III...'

6-15-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Young children finally on deck to get COVID-19 vaccines...' The Record--Some preschoolers in NJ must still wear face masks...'

Asbury Park Press--Freehold's Heimlich hero teachers saved students five times this year...'

Education Week--The Ed. Dept.'s New Parent Council: What Will It Do?...'

Education Dive--Expectations for ESSER: Pressure to show return on investments...'

6-14-22 Education in the News
Star Ledger--Universal free lunch is ending in schools. This plan could bring it back for some N.J. kids...' InsiderNJ--A Mountain (Lakes) of Public School Curriculum Criticism...'

Education Week--‘Protect Schools, Not Guns’: Quotes and Scenes From Nationwide Marches Calling for New Gun Laws...'

Education Dive--GAO: Pandemic hurt student progress at all grade levels...'

6-13-22 Education in the News
Star Ledger--A teacher asked students their thoughts about the Middle East. The answers were stunning.    Opinion...'
NY Times--Hoax Shooting Threats Rattle New York Schools A tactic using social media sites to direct threats at individual students has unsettled schools in New York City and around the country...'

NPR--A bipartisan group of senators announces a deal for school safety and gun measures...'

Education Week--School Shooter Drills: Is There a Right Way to Do Them?...'

Chalkbeat--Does class size really matter? A Chalkbeat look at the research...'

Education Dive--How can school systems sustain federal funding to address teacher shortages?...'

6-10-22 Education in the News
Chalkbeat--Cardona urges support for educators as rocky year comes to a close...' Chalkbeat--Missing support: Students, psychologists say existing mental health resources aren’t enough...'

Education Week--The Risks and Benefits of School Police: Black and Latino Parents Weigh In...'

Edutopia--Gauging the Effectiveness of SEL Instruction...'

Education Dive--Ed Dept report shows ‘pass the trash’ state policies uneven...'

6-9-22 Education in the News
Star Ledger--Final exams canceled in N.J. school district after ransomware attack cripples computers...' Washington Post—Across the country equity was in vogue. Then it wasn’t...'

The Atlantic—The state finally letting teens sleep in...'

NPR--The aftermath of Brown vs The Board of Education in 'Jim Crow's Pink Slip'...'

6-8-22 Education in the News
Insider NJ--New Jersey Is the 10th Worst State for Racial Equality in Education – WalletHub Study...' Press of Atlantic City--Middle Township police chief recommends armed guards at school entrances...'

NY Times--The Pandemic Crushed Teachers. After Uvalde, They Wonder ‘What More?’...'

The Atlantic—Putting armed veterans into schools is madness Politicians need to stop turning to the military to solve every problem...'

Education Week--Ignore NAEP. Better Yet, Abolish It National (and international) tests aren’t going to ‘fix’ education...'

Education Dive--Diverse student needs must be considered in school shooting responses...'

6-7-22 Education in the News
The Atlantic--Listening to America’s Kids After Uvalde...' Education Week--For Principals, Prep and PD Fall Short, New Report Finds...'

Chalkbeat--Newark raises pay for veteran and rookie teachers amid staffing crunch...'

The Hechinger Report--OPINION: We must do a better job of teaching Asian American history in our schools...'

6-6-22 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Mental health part of plans to protect students...' NJ Spotlight--School shootings spur many to become activists ‘I haven’t seen this kind of response since Parkland,’ said Shani Nuckols of New Jersey Moms Demand Action...'

NJ Spotlight--Shortage of NJ teachers exacerbated by decline in candidate numbers...'

Star Ledger--Some N.J. schools used as polling locations will go virtual on election day...'

MyCentralJersey.com--Teacher shortages continue. Here’s what New Jersey is doing about it...'

NY Times--A Mental Health Clinic in School? No, Thanks, Says the School Board...'

Education Dive--EL, high-poverty students struggle to access appropriate virtual learning workspaces...'

Education Week--America’s Obsessed With Guns and Violence. And Schools Are the Target...'

6-3-22 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--NJ’s training on school threats now more urgent...' Star Ledger--Large N.J school district to put armed officers in school through next year...'

Education Week--Federal Special Ed. Funding Is Woefully Inequitable, New Studies Show...'

Chalkbeat--The Comeback we didn’t expect: Inside the stop-and-start school year of 2021-22...'

Education Dive--Schools seek to strengthen work-based learning opportunities...'

6-2-22 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--School security money that was approved after Parkland killings is nearly spent...' Star Ledger--State creates path for more prospective teachers, as shortages grow...'

Philadelphia Inquirer—As teachers quit, another crisis looms: there may not be enough new ones to take their places...'

Education Week--Using Virtual Teachers to Fill Vacancies: Smart Solution or Big Mistake?...'

Education Dive--3 ways to keep student data privacy top-of-mind in ed tech procurement...'

6-1-22 Education in the News
Star Ledger--3 experts: Here’s why our response to school shootings is all wrong    Opinion...'
The Atlantic--Students Should Refuse to Go Back to School...'

NPR--Schools around the U.S. increase security after the Uvalde shooting...'

Education Week--States Grill Districts on How They’ll Spend Their ESSER Money for Learning Recovery...'

Chalkbeat--In wake of Texas shooting, some want schools to ‘harden.’ In many cases, that’s already happened...'

Education Dive--Gates Foundation pushes to scale dual enrollment and early college...'

5-31-22 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Treat rising gun deaths as public health matter, experts warn...' NJ Spotlight--What happened to arts education in NJ during the pandemic?...'

South Jersey Times--From N.J. middle school teacher    ‘I did not sign up for this’    Opinion...'

InsiderNJ--Five Days, Every Twenty-Eight Days...'

NY Times--School Counselors on How to Help Students Recover From Pandemic Stress...'

The Atlantic—Ten years after Sandy Hook, here we are again...'

NPR--The Uvalde shooting renews questions about school security...'

NPR--Progressives take a leaf out of the conservative playbook to target school boards...'

Education Dive--Students lag on media literacy — but the gap isn’t unbridgeable...'

The Hechinger Report--OPINION: Mom who lost her son in Sandy Hook says answer to this senseless violence lies in our classrooms...'

5-27-22 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Acting AG Platkin on what NJ is doing to protect children from gun violence...'
Star Ledger--Our kids are on strike    Opinion...'

NY Times--Uvalde Had Prepared for School Shootings. It Did Not Stop the Rampage...'

Washington Post—U.S. Education chief seeks action to prevent school shootings...'

NPR--Political realities have stopped legislative action after school shootings...'

Education Week--How Much Trauma Can Our Schools Withstand?...'

Education Dive--House subcommittee hearing explores teacher shortage solutions...'

5-26-22 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--School leaders see ‘trauma fatigue’ after latest shootings... NJ Spotlight--More cops in schools — the first answer, not the best...'

Star Ledger--NJEA president on Texas school shooting: Time to vote out officials who won’t pass gun laws    Opinion...'

NY Times--Some universities and schools in the U.S. are reimposing indoor mask mandates...'

NPR--What to say to kids about school shootings to ease their stress...'

Education Week--A Devastated Teacher’s Plea for Gun Reform...'

Chalkbeat--Philly backtracks on planned 9 a.m. high school start time...'

The Hechinger Report--COLUMN: Mass shooting in Texas raises the same old questions about how to protect America’s children...'

5-24-22 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Lawmakers say food aid programs for schoolchildren are still needed post-pandemic...' The Record—Want to drive a school bus? You could get a signing bonus...'

The Record—New Jersey schools add Diwali, Juneteenth, but face backlash...'

Education Week--The Teaching Profession Is ‘Crumbling': What Can School Leaders Do to Help?...'

Education Dive--Survey: Third of students reluctant to seek help for mental health issues...'

The Hechinger Report--Teachers, deputized to fight the culture wars, are often reluctant to serve vulnerable students...'

5-23-22 Education in the News
Star Ledger--N.J. schools are struggling to fill vacancies for math, science and tech teachers. Here’s why...'

Star Ledger--N.J. may require districts to allow home-schooled students to participate in sports, other extracurricular activities...'

NY Times--In the Fight Over How to Teach Reading, This Guru Makes a Major Retreat...'

The Atlantic—Kids are far, far behind in school...'

Education Week--The ‘Great Replacement Theory’ Is a Lie. It’s Also a Threat to Schools...'

Education Dive--Lawmakers and witnesses discuss race, gender in classrooms...'

5-20-22 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Electric school buses offer big benefits, group says...' Education Dive--4 key factors to support district-wide math achievement...'

NPR--Students and teachers spoke on gender and race classroom discussion bans in hearing...'

Education Week--Responding to Student Threats: Schools Wrestle With How to Prevent Violence...'

Chalkbeat--This school year never got back to ‘normal.’ These are the lessons educators will carry with them...'

5-19-22 Education in the News
The Record—NJ teacher health plan didn’t deliver promised savings, say districts...' Education Week--4 Steps to Building Your Own School Staffing Pipeline...'

MyCentralJersey.com—Diversifying NJ schools under pressure to add religious holidays. But some say it’s gone too far...'

The Hechinger Report--Decoding the price of college: Complexity of figuring out costs holds students back..."

5-18-22 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Sex ed only one of the curriculum changes for NJ schools...' Star Ledger--N.J. ‘looking at’ how to respond to new COVID surge, Murphy says...'

InsiderNJ--NJEA Hires Cornavaca as Director of Government Relations...'

NY Times--With Plunging Enrollment, a ‘Seismic Hit’ to Public Schools...'

Education Week--Some Districts Return to Mask Mandates as COVID Cases Spike...'

Chalkbeat--‘I’m lucky if I can get him out of bed’: NYC families struggle with school refusal...'

Education Dive--These 5 charts illustrate school finance entering the pandemic...'

The Hechinger Report--OPINION: Will textbook bans change how students think?...'

5-17-22 Education in the News
NY Times--Mayor Adams Unveils Program to Address Dyslexia in N.Y.C. Schools...' NPR--These middle school students have a warning about teens and social media...'

Education Week--Grief, Anger, Fear: How Teachers Can Help Students Cope With the Buffalo Shooting...'

Education Dive—Opinion: Big money, big ideas: Will schools seize the day along with the cash?...'

5-16-22 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Sen. Vin Gopal: Transparency is needed to counter sex-education misinformation...'
Star Ledger--Don’t like sex ed? Then opt out. But don’t deny it to other kids    Editorial...'

Press of Atlantic City—Editorial: Our view: Quit dithering, start high schools in NJ later...'

NY Times--New Biden Administration Rules for Charter Schools Spur Bipartisan Backlash...'

NPR--4 high school students talk mental health and how the pandemic changed them...'

Education Week--Schools could get extra time to spend COVID relief on building fixes...'

Edutopia--Districts Make Progress—and Encounter Resistance—as They Update Grading Models...'

5-13-22 Education in the News
Star Ledger--Spend school security money on what actually works, not cops, advocates tell state...'

Education Week--Timeline: How Federal School Accountability Has Waxed and Waned...'

Chalkbeat--‘We need to double down’: After a surge in ninth graders held back, schools step up support...'

5-12-22 Education in the News
Education Dive--Teachers say live instruction better for mitigating learning loss...' NY Times—Op-Ed: What I Want My Kids to Learn About American Racism...'

Chalkbeat--What you should know about Plyler, the case protecting undocumented students’ education rights...'

5-11-22 Education in the News
The Record--State BOE says it won't review sex education standards until NJ attorney general weighs in...' NJ Spotlight--How NJ sex-ed guidelines became national news Education, Politics...'

Education Week--Principals Are Running Scared. Here’s How to Steady Them...'

Education Dive--ESSER spending decisions influenced by changing demands...'

5-10-22 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Sex-ed transparency bill moves ahead Bill would require public posting of sex-ed curriculum...'

Star Ledger--Uproar over N.J. sex ed standards escalates as Senate panel debates proposal...'

Chalkbeat--Why the latest fight about charter rules matters — for schools and education politics...'

Education Dive--Vaping lawsuits regain steam after COVID-19 closures...'

5-9-22 Education in the News
Star Ledger--Superintendent: Adults need to be better role models because children are always watching I Opinion...' Education Week--What Do Top U.S. Companies Think Schools Could Do Better?...'

Chalkbeat--How should the U.S. teach about slavery? Here’s how other countries face their most shameful chapters...'

Education Dive--Ed Department begins review of often misunderstood Section 504 rules...'

5-6-22 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Want to know what schools teach about sex ed? It’s not so easy...' Education Week--4 Strategies to Help Students Manage Cellphone Use in School...'

Education Dive--Inflation, shortages make districts pivot on ESSER spending plans...'

Education Dive--‘Handle With Care’ helps schools address growing student trauma...'

The Hechinger Report--OPINION: It may be time to rethink the emphasis on taking calculus in high school...'

5-5-22 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--State board asserts controversial sex-ed standards are here to stay — for now...' Star Ledger--State school board won’t re-review sex ed standards, two years after approval...'

The Atlantic--The Great Rage Vicious political disagreement is seeping into every corner of life...'

Education Week--The Pool of Future Teachers Is Dwindling. Can It Be Refilled?...'

Chalkbeat--On race and schools, here’s what Americans agree and disagree on...'

Education Dive--LGBTQ students face increasing access barriers to counseling...'

Edutopia--Common Misconceptions About Dyslexia...'

5-4-22 Educaiton in the News
NJ Spotlight--Clash over teaching sex ed, gender identity set for NJ Board of Education...' Star Ledger--N.J.’s largest school district is keeping masks...'

The Record—SDA to pay again in patronage scandal. How much will it cost?...'

InsiderNJ--In Morris, Petition Intensifies Curriculum Debate...'

5-3-22 Education in the News
Jersey Journal—Op-Ed: Learning about others is part of any real education    Quigley...'

The Record   Head of NJ Department of Education Strongly Defends State’s Sex Education Standards...'

Education Week--Concerns Raised Over Reading Recovery’s Long-Term Effects...'

Chalkbeat--Applied for student aid online? Facebook saw you...'

Education Dive--USDA: States can still apply for limited school nutrition waivers...'

The Hechinger Report--What do classroom conversations about race, identity and history really look like?...'

5-2-22 Education in the News
Star Ledger--What our children need in stressful times    Opinion...'
Star Ledger--School bus drivers in N.J. would face more drug testing under proposal...'

Education Week--Students (and Many Adults) Can’t Tell Fact From Fiction Online. Here’s How to Help...'

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