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12-13-19 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Opinion: Finance, Testing and Charters, the Perennial Big Issues in New Jersey Education The future of school financing in the state is uncertain, academic testing is a source of conflict and nothing stirs passions more than charter schools...'

Paterson Press (via The Record)--Paterson BOE struggles with spending plan for $5.1M in state aid PATERSON – City school board members say they are reluctant to use $5.1 million in emergency state aid to hire teachers to address Paterson’s classroom overcrowding crisis because of the district’s impending budget problems...'

Star Ledger--N.J. bill to remove religion as reason to avoid vaccinating kids enrages parents at hearing Unpersuaded by hundreds of pleading and occasionally hostile parents, a state Senate panel voted Thursday to eliminate religion as an acceptable reason for New Jersey children to avoid vaccines required for school attendance...'

Education Week--Teaching in 2020 vs. 2010: A Look Back at the Decade As the 2010s draw to a close, teachers are left reeling from massive shifts in policy and practice that have affected their everyday work over the past decade, yet many say they're still cautiously optimistic about the direction the profession is heading...'

Politics K-12 (via Education Week)--What Trump's Order on Responding to Anti-Semitism Means for K-12 Schools President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday meant to address concerns of anti-Semitism on college and university campuses. But the legal underpinnings of that order apply to elementary and secondary schools, too...'

12-12-19 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Controversial Measure Would End All Religious Vaccine Exemptions for Schoolkids Children would need a doctor’s note to attend class without getting shots; proposal could go before full Senate vote Monday...'

NJ Spotlight--Sex-Ed Advocates Urge Schools to Drop Emphasis on Abstinence Thrive NJ Coalition’s ‘report card’ gives New Jersey sex-ed programs just a ‘C’ grade, saying schools should spend more time on subject...'

NY Times--National Spelling Bee Will Take Fewer ‘Wild Card’ Contestants The spelling bee announced the changes after an eight-way tie this year. Fewer spellers who pay their own way will be accepted, and some financial aid will be available...'

Education Week--Most Principals Have No Say in Choosing Police for Their Schools Principals, you get to hire the teachers you want. You play a role in choosing the support staff assigned to your schools...'

12-11-19 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Resignation to Outrage, Districts React to Word from Trenton on School Aid More than 30 districts had requested $362M in emergency aid; state officials last week announced that just 13 will share in the $15M awarded...'

Star Ledger--'Coyote Ugly’ star Piper Perabo joins rally pressing N.J. to restore school aid Though 2000’s Coyote Ugly is often cited as actress Piper Perabo’s breakout film, she first stepped into the limelight a decade earlier, leading the marching band at Toms River High School North...'

Asbury Park Press—Op-Ed--NJ standardized testing: State must ease burdens on students, teachers...'

Education Week--Poor-Quality Materials Abound on Lesson-Sharing Websites, Report Says It's common for teachers to go looking for lessons and classroom resources online—digital marketplaces like Teachers Pay Teachers or Share My Lesson offer seemingly endless pages of user-created materials that teachers can use to supplement their schools' curricula, or in some cases, piece together one when none is provided. Teachers rely on sites like these to save time and fill resource gaps. But many educators have argued that the materials available aren't high-quality...'

Politics K-12--The Every Student Succeeds Act Is Working, Education Leaders Tell Congress Exactly four years after the Every Student Succeeds Act became law, a group of state and local education officials, teachers' unions, and others are telling Congress that they've made great progress under the law and that it could lead to significant advances in addressing the achievement gap between different groups of studnets and in improving schools...'

12-10-19 Education in the News
Star Ledger--$15M in extra cash is going to these N.J. districts amid school funding fight New Jersey will give a combined $15 million in emergency aid to 13 school districts, but the fight over the state’s reallocation of school funding is far from over...'

NY Times--After 10 Years of Hopes and Setbacks, What Happened to the Common Core? It was one of the most ambitious education efforts in United States history. Did it fail? Or does it just need more time to succeed?...'

Education Week--ESSA Voices: The Every Student Succeeds Act, Four Years Later

When President Barack Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act on Dec. 10, 2015, he called it a “Christmas miracle.” The law, which replaced the much-criticized No Child Left Behind Act, represented years of negotiations, promising signs that fizzled, and eventual bipartisan agreement. Since then, the story about the law has become a lot more complicated...'

Chalkbeat--Newark asked for $37M in ’emergency aid’ for schools. The state gave it $4 million. The state has agreed to give Newark an extra $4 million for its schools this year — a tiny fraction of the nearly $37 million the district sought...'

Education Dive--Report: U.S. school food waste nears 530K tons annually A new World Wildlife Fund report estimates U.S. school food waste totals 530,000 tons per year and costs as much as $9.7 million a day to manage, which breaks down to about 39.2 pounds of food waste and 19.4 gallons of milk thrown out per school per year, based on the results from the 46-school sample across nine cities...'

12-9-19 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Murphy Administration Gives Schools $15M in ‘Emergency Aid’ Thirteen school districts will receive extra funding, just a small fraction of the $362 million sought by 29 districts...'

NJ Spotlight--A Fiery Debate on Dangers, Benefits of Vaping: NJ Spotlight Roundtable Health care providers and lawmakers call for state to pass legislation protecting young people from dangers of e-cigarettes...'

Star Ledger--Controversial bill allowing property tax hikes clears Senate committee The state Senate budget committee on Thursday approved a bill that would allow school districts losing state aid to make up their losses through increased property taxes, despite opposition from Gov. Phil Murphy...'

Chalkbeat--State: Newark is on track to regain full control of its schools in 2020 Newark is poised to regain full control of its schools early next year, formally ending a decades-long state takeover, state officials said this week...'

Education Dive--Transgender students are 'winning in the courts,' require accommodation While several lawsuits are pending, an "overwhelming" consensus among the lower courts thus far suggests schools must accommodate transgender and nonbinary students...'

12-6-19 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--State Could Expand In-State Scholarships, Benefit More NJ College Students Assembly committee approves expansion of NJ STARS, a merit-based scholarship program New Jersey is the largest net exporter of students to colleges in other states in the U.S...'

Jersey Journal (via NJ.com)--State lawmaker aims to make cursive writing education mandatory A New Jersey lawmaker is taking another shot at making cursive writing part of the curriculum for young students across the state...'

Press of Atlantic City—Op-Ed-Sweeney cap waiver proposal puts focus on school aid debate, says Carl Golden When Senate President Steve Sweeney, D-Gloucester, expressed support for permitting local school districts to exceed the 2% spending cap to offset cuts in state aid, the immediate reaction was that he had stepped off the ledge and plunged into the political Hades that awaits anyone who flirts with the possibility of increasing property taxes...'

Politics K-12 (via Education Week)--With $100 Million Donation, Broad Center Moves Education Leadership Programs to Yale University The Broad Center will move to the Yale University School of Management, using a $100 million gift from the foundation of powerful Los Angeles philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad to continue its educational leadership programs in perpetuity, the center announced Thursday...'

Chalkbeat--Looking for a home? You’ve seen GreatSchools ratings. Here’s how they nudge families toward schools with fewer black and Hispanic students. What’s the right way to judge a school?...'

12-5-19 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--First Look at New School Standards Without Battles of Years Gone By Commissioner Repollet and staff preview slightly revised requirements for six subject areas for state Board of Education In a process that started in earnest in 1996 at the height of the standards and testing movement, the state every few years reviews and revises the requirements for what every New Jersey student should know and be able to do...'

NPR--A Dreaded Part Of Teachers' Jobs: Restraining And Secluding Students Brent McGinn spent a year early in his career working with students who could sometimes hurt themselves...'

Education Week--I Am an English Teacher. Rubrics Are No Way to Teach Writing Treat writing as the art we know it is...'

Politics K-12 (Education Week)--Parents Report Obstacles in Filing Special Education Complaints, Watchdog Says A new federal watchdog report about concerns and disputes over special education services says that parents often have a hard time initiating complaints—but also that these barriers don't affect all parents in the same way...'

Chalkbeat--Shabazz unveiled as Newark’s fifth career academy; will offer engineering classes With great fanfare, Newark has unveiled its latest career academy, one with an engineering focus at Malcolm X Shabazz High School...'

Education Dive--Rhode Island right-to-education lawsuit to be heard in federal court An attorney for the plaintiffs says the case could have an “electric effect” on public schools if it ultimately makes it before the U.S. Supreme Court...'

12-4-19 Education in the News
Education Week--Enrollment in Teacher-Preparation Programs Is Declining Fast. Here's What the Data Show Across the country, enrollment in teacher-preparation programs has dropped by a third from 2010 to 2018, a new report finds...'
12-3-19 Education in the News
NY Times--‘It Just Isn’t Working’: Test Scores Cast Doubt on U.S. Education Reform An international exam shows that American 15-year-olds are stagnant in reading and math even though the country has spent billions to close gaps with the rest of the world...'

Education Week--Lucy Calkins, Creator of Reading Workshop, Responds to 'Phonics-Centric People' One of the giants of the literacy world is grappling with the recent push for the "science of reading"—and responding to critics who say her early reading program doesn't align to evidence-based practice...'

Politics K-12 (Education Week)--Don't Let Vaping Kids Be 'Guinea Pigs' for Big Tobacco, Congress Members Tell Trump Members of a bipartisan Congressional Caucus to End the Youth Vaping Epidemic urged President Donald Trump Tuesday to follow through on a promise he made more than two months ago to take action to address the spread of youth vaping...'

Chalkbeat--Are American students falling behind? The latest international scores offer both good and bad news. American 15-year-olds performed better in reading and science than most students around the world, but lagged behind in math, according to the latest results of an oft-cited international exam...'

Education Dive--Survey: Special needs students, ELs more positive about school mental health services Students with special needs are more likely than general education students to report having thoughts of suicide — 22% compared to 14%. But they are also more likely to report there is an adult in school they can talk to when they’re having problems or feeling upset — 53% compared to 45% of general education students — according to a new YouthTruth analysis of students’ responses over a six-year period...'

12-2-19 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Fine Print: Audit of New Jersey’s $42,000-Per-Student District State Auditor finds shortcomings in financial control of Asbury Park schools, where New Jersey’s Education Commissioner Lamont Repollet served as superintendent...'

Star Ledger--Loss of sponsor could be the E-N-D of regional N.J. spelling bee Cancelled: C-A-N-C-E-L-L-E-D. Cancelled. Correct! That is, unless another sponsor can be found soon...'

Asbury Park Press--NJ releases latest state test scores. Wealthy districts excel, but why? New Jersey released the latest round of state test scores Monday, and North Jersey's most affluent districts continued to rank among the top performers...'

NPR--Active Shooter Drills May Not Stop A School Shooting — But This Method Could School shootings like the recent one in Santa Clarita, Calif., have focused the nation's attention on school safety. And schools across the U.S. are wrestling with how to prevent themselves from becoming the site of the next tragedy...'

Politics K-12 (Education Week)--Charter Schools Neither 'Silver Bullet' Nor 'Apocalyptic,' Research Indicates A new review of charter schools based on a broad range of studies paints a complicated picture of their performance, and says that much of both the hype and the fear that surround them don't match the reality of their impact...'

11-27-19 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Explainer: Little Known, Council on Local Mandates Wields Big Stick Panel has power to void state laws by ruling they constitute an unfunded mandate on towns, counties and school boards...'

NJ Spotlight--Paterson School District’s Financial Woes Continue, Awaits Emergency State Aid Shortfall of $63 million projected in coming fiscal year after loss of 128 teaching positions last year due to budget constraints...'

Star Ledger--Top Democrat wants to lift property tax cap for some N.J. schools. Murphy says no. State Senate President Stephen Sweeney announced this past weekend he’s working on a proposal that would allow some New Jersey school districts to make up for recent cuts in state aid by raising property taxes above the state limit...'

Education Week--Twice Exceptional' Students Miss Out on Gifted Classes 'Twice exceptional' students often get overlooked...'

Education Dive--50 States of Ed: Do choice policies 'undermine' or remain 'vital' to public education? While experts suggest there is "strong reason for concern" with school choice policies, advocates say they are pivotal for equity...'

11-26-19 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--State Releases Four Years of School Test Results for Every NJ District Stats give residents a way to see how their districts performed and how they stack up against their counterparts statewide As the Murphy administration vows to create a “new generation” of state testing for New Jersey’s public school students, the latest scores for the current generation were released yesterday for every district in New Jersey...'

NJ Spotlight--No Big Welcome in State House for Sweeney’s Proposal to Waive 2% Tax Cap Governor, among the first to dismiss Senate president’s suggestion, says a millionaires tax would be far better source of new revenue...'

Washington Post--Why more (and better) civics education can’t really save us You’ve probably heard this one: If only schools taught more civics education, American democracy would be in better shape. More people would: vote, see misinformation for what it is, and be tolerant of different cultures and views. Let’s blame the schools. Well, no...'

Chalkbeat--Newark fails to enforce key special education mandates, state report says State monitors have ordered Newark to take corrective action after finding that the city’s public schools are failing to meet several special education requirements...'

The Hechinger Report--Up to 3.6 million students should be labeled gifted, but aren’t New report argues that schools are overlooking gifted students who would benefit from services, including large numbers of black and Latino students...'

11-25-19 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Sweeney Says He’s Ready to Waive 2% Tax Cap for Hard-Hit School Districts On Saturday, school board leaders lined up to quiz Senate president, some of whose answers were well-received but others not...'

NJ Spotlight--Counting the Ways Racial Disparities Persist Among Children in New Jersey NJ compares well with other states for kids’ health and general circumstances, but new report shows that children of color remain disadvantaged New Jersey children are among the healthiest and wealthiest in the nation, but these favorable life conditions are not universal throughout the state, especially for children of color, according to a new report...'

Washington Post (via Press of Atlantic City)--The indispensable Ken Burns has a new initiative: A one-stop online resource for teachers Ken Burns, the indispensable maker of award-winning documentaries who uses archival footage and photographs to tell uniquely American stories, has a new enterprise...'

11-22-19 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Here’s Where You Can Check for Lead in Your School’s Drinking Water Governor introduces new online clearinghouse with district-by-district information Moving quickly, the Murphy administration has kept its pledge to create a new district-by-district clearinghouse for information on lead contamination in New Jersey schools’ drinking water...'

NJ Spotlight--Lower Childhood Obesity Rates in NJ Linked to Nutrition Program New Jersey saw a decline in obesity among young children in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children...'

Education Week--Without Rules, Credit Recovery Is Just an 'Easy Ticket to Graduation,' Report Says Too many districts that use a lot of credit recovery to help students to finish high school don't impose the right rules to ensure that those catch-up courses are high quality, according to a report published Thursday...'

11-21-19 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Sweeney Seeks Local Support for Public-Worker Benefit Reforms Senate president says state’s fiscal problems are hampering ability to properly address issues concerning NJ Transit, lead contamination Saying New Jersey has run “out of time” to address its major fiscal problems, Senate President Steve Sweeney urged local government leaders yesterday to fully support his proposal to cut government costs by changing public-worker retirement and health care benefits...'

Philadelphia Inquirer--With financial incentives and extra support, Philly and Pa. plan to recruit more teachers of color Plagued by a teacher shortage in general and the nation’s lowest rate of teachers of color, Pennsylvania education officials Wednesday announced a program to recruit, train, and keep a more diverse force of educators...'

NY Times--He Wanted to Be a Pro Basketball Player. He Became a Teacher Instead. Jeff Duncan-Andrade, an associate professor at San Francisco State University, is driving a public conversation challenging traditional assumptions about how to reform schools. Sometimes it is the child who hates school who cares most about fixing its failings...'

Chalkbeat--It’s not just teachers: How counselor diversity matters for students of color In a recent study, a high school counselor offered this honest description of the uncertainty of her job: “Maybe later, I’ll start to see kids come back and they’ll be like, oh this helped or that helped,” she said. Still, “Sometimes I leave and I’m like, I’ve done nothing.”...'

Edutopia--As Teen Stress Increases, Teachers Look for Answers Seventy percent of teens say stress is a major problem. Research backs that up—and teachers are beginning to offer solutions...'

11-20-19 Education in the News
Star Ledger--If lawmakers don’t support private day care centers, more may close    Opinion
There are growing concerns among those who provide early childhood education in New Jersey, a demographic of 87,000 employees working in more than 4,165 centers, serving an estimated 400,000 children. Lawmakers in Trenton continue to introduce legislation that would have a negative effect on these private centers and our ability to provide strong, ongoing jobs for those who enjoy working in this sector...'

Press of Atlantic City--Supplement mental health first aid training with public information Dozens of caregivers recently spent a day at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center’s Mainland campus learning to identify the signs of mental health and substance-abuse issues, and how to help people with those into an appropriate level of recovery...'

Education Week--Students Are Really, Really Bad at Spotting Fake News, Misleading Websites...'

11-19-19 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Screening Reveals 4,500 Kids in NJ Have Elevated Blood-Lead Levels Stricter guidelines help identify four times more children at risk of lead poisoning in 2018 than year before...'

State’s Own Estimate Shows Need for Major Upgrades in Most Abbott Districts Department of Education lists dozens of construction or renovation projects as priorities, even as inadequate infrastructure has been challenged in court...'

NJ Spotlight--Lawmakers Give Up on Marijuana Legislation, Will Seek Voter OK Instead Democratic leaders said they did not have the votes, now looking to a November 2020 referendum...'

Star Ledger--N.J. should outlaw absurd school lunch shaming, lawmakers say...'

Education Week--10 Simple Steps for Reducing Toxic Stress in the Classroom As the brain science on adverse childhood experiences evolves, teaching must, too More and more teachers recognize that children who can’t sit still in class, act out, or have asthma may be showing warning signs of a toxic exposure to childhood trauma...'

Education Dive--Beyond NAEP: Experts look for ways to address US 'reading crisis' A new Educational Testing Service report recommends ways assessments can better diagnose gaps in knowledge and improve learning...'

11-18-19 Education in the News
Star Ledger--Marvel exec donates $500K to his N.J. high school You could say it’s a superhero in action. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige donated $500,000 to his alma mater’s new television studio, Superintendent Margaret Dolan announced at Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting...'

Education Week--Should Schools Be Able to Detect Every Would-Be Shooter? Though many details remain in flux about the tragic shooting at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, Calif., the most critical of all remained unanswered late Friday: What provoked the violence?...'

Education Dive--Teacher survey: Lawmakers 'not doing enough' to prevent school shootings Findings from a Fishbowl survey of 1,067 teachers show an overwhelming majority (87%) believe lawmakers are not doing enough to prevent school shootings...'

11-15-19 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Taking Inventory Seen as First Step in Legislative Fix for NJ’s Lead Issues Measure calls for statewide inventory of lead service lines and 10-year replacement plan, but input from lawmakers, interest groups could change it significantly...'

Star Ledger—Op-Ed: The state shouldn’t obstruct plans to power schools with solar energy, education group says For more than a decade, New Jersey has promoted and implemented energy policies that created a vibrant solar energy market. Our public schools have seized this opportunity and collectively developed more than 600 solar energy projects that save money for local taxpayers...'

NPR--Activists Protest USDA Changes That Threaten Free School Lunch...'

Education Dive--Report: More students with disabilities attending charter schools Students with special needs are still less likely to attend charter schools than traditional district schools, but the difference has declined over the past 10 years, according to a new National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools’ analysis of the U.S. Department of Education’s Civil Rights Data Collection...'

Edutopia--A Framework for Student Goal-Setting When middle and high school students set short- and long-term goals, they can see a path to the success they hope for...'

11-14-19 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Ending ‘Lunch Shaming’ in NJ Schools: Lawmakers Propose Funding Remedy Proposal would appropriate state funds to cover the full cost of reduced-price school breakfasts and lunches...'

Education Week--TikTok: Powerful Teaching Tool or Classroom Management Nightmare?...'

NJ Spotlight--Bills in Both Houses Would Tighten Restrictions on Vaping, E-Cigs Proposals would outlaw all flavored tobacco and e-cigarettes, including menthol, implement other recommendations of governor’s vaping task force...'

11-13-19 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Education Law Center Back in Court Seeking Money for New Abbott Schools It’s the first court action since 2017 for the group, which has a 40-year history of pressing a school-equity agenda...'

Star Ledger--N.J. teacher: Dump standardized tests Ikechukwu Onyema agrees with Seton Hall's Christopher Tienken that standardized tests are, at best, are a blunt instrument...'

NPR--How Schools Are Using The Trump Impeachment Inquiry As A Teachable Moment For the fourth time in history, Congress is considering impeaching the president of the United States. For teachers around the country, it's an opportunity to explore concepts and skills that are often relegated to textbooks...'

Education Week--What We're Getting Wrong About Gifted Education We're leaving out a large swath of students with a high potential...'

Chalkbeat--High school can be rough. These Colorado teens are making it easier for their peers to get help. School shootings seemed to be forever in the headlines. There was only only one counselor at the high school. And there were whispers about a student who had a panic attack in a school bathroom...'

Education Dive--Districts, thousands of educators affected by Supreme Court DACA case With SCOTUS deliberations starting Tuesday on President Donald Trump's rescission of the program, experts say ending DACA could have a "chilling effect" on K-12 students and educators...'

11-12-19 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Tech Addiction Is Real; Doctors Begin to Identify Symptoms, Behaviors Little data is currently available about addiction to social media or online shopping, but medical providers are mapping out parameters, experimenting with treatments The internet has many benefits, but it has also led to full-blown addictions for a small number of users who have allowed social media, videogaming and other online activities to shred the fabric of their daily lives, according to mental health experts...'

Education Week--Screen Time Up as Reading Scores Drop. Is There a Link? American students have never had more access to digital devices for reading in and out of school. Now emerging research and troubling results on the test dubbed the Nation’s Report Card raise questions about what effect all this digital access could have on students’ longterm reading skills...'

Education Dive--Study: Summer school for EL students could boost 4-year graduation rates A summer school program for high school English learners who have lived in the U.S. for less than three years increased the number of core courses those students took that are required for graduation. But the program had little impact on four- and five-year graduation rates, according to a study in the American Educational Research Journal...'

11-11-19 Education in the News
NPR--Experts Worry Active Shooter Drills In Schools Could Be Traumatic For Students A regular drumbeat of mass shootings in the U.S., both inside schools and out, has ramped up pressure on education and law enforcement officials to do all they can to prevent the next attack...'

Education Week--More Than 50,000 School Buses to Be Recalled for Safety Concerns The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced a recall that could impact nearly 54,000 school buses. That's 11 percent of the 480,000 school buses on the road nationally...'

11-8-19 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--The List: What To Expect During Lame-Duck Legislative Session With Election Day receding in the mirror, Assembly speaker assesses what might happen during the closing days of this term...'

Star Ledger--Mom starts petition to add cameras to school buses after alleged attack on son The mother of a Brick Township School District student she said was attacked on a school bus has started an online petition to add security cameras to buses...'

Press of Atlantic City--Local educators want to get the most out of annual NJEA convention ATLANTIC CITY — Looking for a teacher this week? Try the Atlantic City Convention Center...'

NPR--Math Looks The Same In The Brains Of Boys And Girls, Study Finds There's new evidence that girls start out with the same math abilities as boys...'

Education Week--Most School Shooters Showed Many Warning Signs, Secret Service Report Finds Most of the violent attacks in schools over the past decade were committed by students who telegraphed their intentions beforehand—and could have been prevented, a new report from the U.S. Secret Service concludes...'

Politics K-12 (Education Week)--ESSA Strategy Guide Says 'Lighter Lift' Should Be an Option for School Leaders By now, there are a host of recommendations and blueprints available to school leaders when it comes to implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act. But a study released last month suggests that when it comes to using evidence to improve schools, state and local leaders don't always have to go for the most demanding option...'

11-7-19 Education in the News
The Record--Schools 'in a bind': Here are the decisions facing NJ schools as lunch debt becomes growing issue...' Education Week--Data: Here's What Educators Think About Personalized Learning Exclusive national survey shows teachers view personalized learning as good in theory, but hard in practice...'

Education Dive--5 big challenges confronting districts — and how they're overcoming them Balancing school security with a nurturing environment and recovering from teacher strikes are among challenges districts will continue to face in the coming year...'

Edutopia--How to Get Started Teaching Coding A three-step plan to help teachers in any subject and any grade teach the foundations of coding...'

11-6-19 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Coding in Kindergarten? NJ Says It’s Never Too Early for Computer Science Governor announces five-point plan that will put computers and STEM technology in every grade, starting with the youngest Gov. Phil Murphy wants to amp up computer science instruction, even in kindergarten...'

The Atlantic--The Power of a Wealthy PTA Thanks to parents’ donations, some public schools can afford shiny extras like coding classes, camping trips, and classroom iPads...'

Edutopia--Helping Students Pick a Unique College Admission Essay Topic Many college admission essays are the same, but these exercises can help students find topics that make them stand out...'

11-5-19 Education in the News
ABC News--As states cut vaccine exemptions, skeptical parents may switch tactics When Vermont became the first state in the nation to eliminate personal belief exemptions for vaccines in 2016, some wondered if parents would claim religious exemptions instead, regardless of whether or not they were religious. Three years later, there’s data to support that theory...'

NPR--It's A Smartphone Life: More Than Half Of U.S. Children Now Have One Just over half of children in the United States — 53 percent — now own a smartphone by the age of 11. And 84 percent of teenagers now have their own phones, immersing themselves in a rich and complex world of experiences that adults sometimes need a lot of decoding to understand...'

The Atlantic--Stop Trying to Raise Successful Kids And start raising kind ones...'

Education Week--Where Do Teens Learn About Vaping? Social Media, Report Finds How are teens finding out about vaping? Social media is a major source, according to a new poll published Monday by Common Sense Media, a San Francisco based non-profit that studies the impact of technology on children and young people...'

Chalkbeat--With Gates foundation grant, New York State begins reviewing its diploma requirements Monday marked the official start of a two-year process that could change how New York students earn high school diplomas — an undertaking that might include overhauling or eliminating the state’s vaunted Regents exit exam...'

11-4-19 Education in the News
Star Ledger—Op-Ed--No girls were allowed. And that’s the problem, the boy says. When a high school simulation of New Jersey government highlights gender exclusion of females, we’re in trouble. The ramifications reach beyond our state, to the effectiveness of our government and productivity of our entire country...'

Star Ledger--Higher taxes or depressed kids? Should N.J. voters really have to choose? Would you rather raise your own taxes or live in a community full of children who aren’t getting mental health services they need? For voters in two New Jersey communities, this isn’t a rhetorical question...'

Education Week--The Latino Teacher-Student Divide: 5 Steps to Close the Gap Latino students are the largest ethnic group in U.S. public schools, representing 25 percent of the overall population. Yet, Latinos make up only 9 percent of the nation's teaching corps...'

Education Dive--Standardized tests still a big factor in college admissions, report finds That may not be the case in the future as gradually fewer administrators consider ACT and SAT scores amid a growing push to end the practice...'

Edutopia--Assessing Social and Emotional Learning A review of three types of SEL assessment, with suggestions for ways to collect and report student growth to families...'

The Hechinger Report--OPINION: Separating gifted children hasn’t led to better achievement The inherent dangers in telling students that their abilities are fixed...'

11-1-19 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--State Hospitals Gather Data to Dispel Smoke About Vaping, E-cigs As the number of teens and pre-teens vaping and using e-cigarettes continues to spike, some 70 hospitals across the state pool information and diagnoses...'

NY Times--Reading Scores on National Exam Decline in Half the States The results of the test, which assesses a sample of fourth- and eighth-grade students, will inevitably prompt demands for policy change...'

Education Week--Stop Devaluing the Wisdom of Teachers. Researchers Don't Have a Monopoly on Evidence Scientific evidence is not the only source of knowledge...'

Education Dive--Is this the end of end-of-year testing? Some states and districts are using other methods to arrive at a "summative" score...'

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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.

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