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Elisabeth Ginsburg, Executive Director
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NEW! Virtual Meeting Calendar for 2021-2022
All Meetings, starting in September 2021...'
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...'
6-24-21 Education in the News
NY Times--The Dangers of Failing Grades...' NY Times--Supreme Court Rules for Cheerleader Punished for Vulgar Snapchat Message...'

NPR--Academic Who Brought Critical Race Theory To Education Says Bills Are Misguided...'

Education Week--Understanding Learning ‘Acceleration’: Going Slow to Go Fast...'

Chalkbeat--As school year ends, New Jersey families are still waiting for pandemic food money...'

6-23-21 Education in the News
Chalkbeat (via NJ Spotlight)-New Jersey Supreme Court upholds past expansion of Newark charter schools...' Education Week--Effect of School Lockdown Drills on Students Under Scrutiny...'

Chalkbeat--$100 million and many open questions: Here’s how Biden is approaching school integration...'

Education Dive--Administrators put focus on high-impact teacher PD...'

6-22-21 Educaiton in the News
NJ Spotlight--Parents weigh risks of COVID shots for youngest kids. Vaccinate or wait?...' NJ Spotlight--Biggest spending plan in NJ history headed to budget committees...'

Star Ledger--N.J. district reverses course, will add holiday names back onto school calendar...'

NY Times--She Fought to Reopen Schools, Becoming a Hero and a Villain...'

Education Week--Starting School After the Pandemic: Youngest Students Will Need Foundational Skills...'

The Hechinger Report--OPINION: The time has come to stop assigning letter and number grades...'

6-21-21 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Deadline looms as budget work done in private...'
Star Ledger--Black people worked hard for their freedom. We should teach about Juneteenth correctly.    Opinion...'

Education Week--CDC: Lags in Childhood Vaccines Could Spark Outbreaks in Other Illnesses...'

Education Dive--5 ways school librarians can support teachers and students amid reopenings...'

The Hechinger Report--Remote learning a bust? Some families consider having their child repeat kindergarten...'

6-18-21 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--In pandemic school year, special education gets renewed scrutiny...' NJ Spotlight--Kids are experiencing back-to-school anxiety. How can parents help?...'

Star Ledger--Was COVID-era school really that bad? N.J. education is in a state of emergency, one official says...'

Education Week--What Do Teachers Think About Discussing Racism in Class? We Asked Them...'

Chalkbeat--Schools and families weathered the pandemic together. Will the partnership last?...'

Education Dive--Despite skeptics, Cardona seeks 'sustained effort' in wake of ARP plans...'

6-17-21 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Here’s who’s set to share $300 million for school projects NJ lawmakers approved plans for vo-tech schools, water upgrades and security systems at schools across the state...'

Associated Press (via Star Ledger)--Title IX prohibits discrimination of LGTBQ students in reversal of Trump-era policy, Education Department says...'

Star Ledger--N.J. to offer extra year of special education for 8,700 students due to COVID...'

Star Ledger--Here’s how N.J. students learned in the final weeks of remote learning for a turbulent school year...'

Philadelphia Inquirer-- For students who never returned to the classroom, an ‘extremely hard’ school year comes to an end...'

NY Times--Scholarly Groups Condemn Laws Limiting Teaching on Race...'

NPR--This School District Erased All Holiday Names After Dropping Columbus Day...'

Education Week--The Opioid Crisis Hit Schools Hard. Now They Want Drug Companies to Pay Up...'

Chalkbeat--After enrollment dips, America’s schools hope for fall rebound...'

Education Dive--With burnout on the rise, districts turn to staff SEL and bringing joy to learning...'

6-16-21 Education in the News
The Jersey Journal--A ‘chaotic and insane’ school year like no other, with routines that were anything but...' Education Week--To Get Billions in COVID-19 Aid, States Pledge Focus on Mental Health, Learning Recovery...'

The Atlantic—Summer Learning is About More Than Reading and Math...'

NPR--After Months Of Special Education Turmoil, Families Say Schools Owe Them...'

NPR--Why Juneteenth Isn't Taught In Schools — And What That Means For Our Understanding Of Slavery...'

Chalkbeat--As college enrollment drops, a proposed free tuition program in New Jersey could be ‘life-changing’...'

Education Dive--As discipline guidance pendulum swings once again, what does it mean for schools?...'

The Hechinger Report--Schools bar Native students from wearing traditional regalia at graduation...'

6-15-21 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Though mask mandate optional for schools, confusion and controversy linger...' NJ Spotlight--Op-Ed: The learning loss is believable. It was already worse than we knew...'

Education Week--We Pay Superintendents Big Bucks and Expect Them to Succeed. But We Hardly Know Them...'

Chalkbeat--Teachers’ stress exceeded other workers’ this year, survey finds...'

Education Dive--Discernment in credentialing builds teacher leadership opportunities...'

Edutopia--Key Elements of SEL Implementation...'

The Hechinger Report--OPINION: New leadership at the top should mean big changes for English language learners...'

6-14-21 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Will the public get a shot to say how $11 billion windfall gets spent?...' Star Ledger--Frustrated parents call on Murphy to end any mask mandates in N.J. schools...'

Philadelphia Inquirer--Parents grapple with protecting kids who can’t get a COVID-19 vaccine as the Philadelphia region reopens...'

Press of Atlantic City--Education briefs: School regionalization bill advances in NJ Legislature...'

NPR--COVID Precautions Can Help Kids During Cold Season...'

Chalkbeat--Pandemic 360: A comprehensive look at COVID’s impact on school communities...'

Education Dive--Will daily school health checks continue in the fall?...'

Edutopia--The Enduring Importance of Extracurriculars...'

The Hechinger Report--Should rich families be allowed to fundraise a better public school education for their kids?...'

6-11-21 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--First look at learning loss shows a third ‘below grade-level’...' Philadelphia Inquirer—Special needs advocates worry about the fate of an N.J. bill to extend services for students who have turned 21...'

Education Week--Does ‘Academic Freedom’ Shield Teachers as States Take Aim at Critical Race Theory?...'

Chalkbeat--Efforts to restrict teaching about racism and bias have multiplied across the U.S...'

Edutopia--Breaking the Cycle of Silence Around Black Mental Health...'

6-10-21 Education in the News
NJSpotlight--N.J. school mask rules now up to local districts. ‘Use your responsibility wisely,’ Murphy says...' NY Times--The State of Schools as the Pandemic Wanes...'

Education Week--New COVID-19 Aid Coalition Highlights Strategies for Retaining Teachers, Digital Learning...'

Chalkbeat--Efforts to restrict teaching about racism and bias have multiplied across the U.S...'

6-9-21 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Op-Ed: Social media and students’ First Amendment rights...' NJ Spotlight--NJ budget windfall may top $4 billion...'

The Record--NJ disability community fears extra year of schooling bill has stalled at Murphy's desk...'

Asbury Park Press--New bills would close dangerous loopholes in the school bus contract industry...'

Education Week--One Big Reason Schools Are Ditching Remote Learning: The Cost...'

Chalkbeat--Struggling schools don’t get a boost from state takeovers, study shows...'

Education Dive—Op-Ed: Schools must provide assessments to see where students stand after pandemic...'

6-8-21 Education in the News
Star Ledger--N.J. students can ditch masks at school during extreme heat, Murphy says...' Education Week--Biden Team to Revisit How Schools Should Ensure Racial Equity in Discipline...'

Chalkbeat--Transparency and tutoring: poll shows what Newark parents want from COVID relief...'

Education Dive--Study: Pre-COVID-19 summer slide worse for special education students...'

The Hechinger Report--PROOF POINTS: Pandemic relief money is flowing to class-size reduction but research evidence for it isn’t strong...'

6-7-21 Education in the News
Star Ledger--NJ schools have big bucks to spend. Will they blow it?    Editorial...'
NJ Spotlight--Another push for local governments to share work and cut costs...'

Education Week--Understaffed School District IT Departments Are a Big Problem. Here’s One Way to Solve It...'

Chalkbeat--Title I, but not: What we know about Joe Biden’s plan to fix school funding...'

Education Dive--Is public school enrollment set to make a comeback?...'

6-4-21 Education in the News
Asbury Park Press--Monmouth County superintendents to Gov. Murphy: It's time to take the masks off...' Chalkbeat--Title I, but not: What we know about Joe Biden’s plan to fix school funding...'

NJ Spotlight--Visit from US education secretary brings sizable sum — and chance for change...'

Star Ledger--Agency lost $27M in taxpayer money on land it never used and built school that didn’t heat up its first winter, report says...'

Philadelphia Inquirer--School mask requirements are coming under fire as parents ramp up pressure on districts...'

Education Week--School Leaders Say Stimulus Cash Will Go a Long Way—But Deep Funding Challenges Remain...'

Education Dive--Poll: Majority of parents want children in-person, but would like options...'

The Hechinger Report--OPINION: The pandemic gave graduating high school seniors new strength and resilience...'

6-3-21 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Troubled school construction agency needs supervision, report says...' Star Ledger--N.J. might drop school mask requirements in fall. ‘Our minds are open,’ Murphy says...'

The Record--Bill to extend education for students with disabilities heads to governor's desk...'

Philadelphia Inquirer--Clayton model adopted around N.J. to help students cope with social and emotional needs...'

NY Times--The Fight to Teach Asian American History...'

Education Week--Forbidding Remote Learning: Why Some Schools Won’t Offer a Virtual Option This Fall...'

Education Dive--Lessons In Leadership: 4 district leaders share advice for addressing burnout...'

6-2-21 Education in the News
The Record--COVID disrupted K-12 learning in NJ in multiple ways. But there were silver linings...' Education Week--Biden’s K-12 Budget Seeks $20 Billion for State Incentives to Address Funding Inequity...'

Education Dive--Why having too many or too few special education students matters...'

The Hechinger Report--Can patriotism and criticism coexist in social studies?...'

6-1-21 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Masks not required for fully vaccinated kids at summer camps, says CDC...' The Record--New Jersey's LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum a 'mindset shift' to help center diverse voices...'

Insider NJ--Governor Murphy, Department of Education, Office of the Secretary of Higher Education Announce Initial Round of Securing Our Children’s Future Bond Act Projects...'

NY Times--Disputing Racism’s Reach, …[Partisan Politics] Rattle American Schools...'

The Atlantic--What If America Didn’t Have Public Schools?...'

NPR--High School Seniors Reflect On Another Unusual School Year...'

Education Week--Critical Race Theory Puts Educators at Center of a Frustrating Cultural Fight Once Again...'

Education Dive--Decoding the Divide: Pandemic highlights struggles, silver linings of digital special education...'

The Hechinger Report--Nation’s skeletal school mental health network will be severely tested...'

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