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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...'
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...'
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...'

6-30-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--NJ State Budget 2020: $7.7 Billion Stopgap Bill Goes to Gov. Phil Murphy for Signing...' Star Ledger--10 big questions educators are asking about reopening N.J. schools...'

Star Ledger--N.J. teachers could pay lower premiums for health care benefits under bill headed to Murphy...'

NPR--U.S. Pediatricians Call For In-Person School This Fall...'

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Insider NJ-- Assembly Approves Chapter 78 Legislation...'

Education Week--Districts' Back-to-School Shopping List: Masks, Gloves, Sanitizers and $25 Billion to Pay for It...'

Education Dive--States move toward waiving standardized tests for 2020-21...'

Edutopia--How to Improve Distance Learning for Students With IEPs...'

The Hechinger Report--TEACHER VOICE: ‘Which police officer will see me not as an educator or a scientist, but as a suspect?’...'

The Way Forward: GSCS Leaders on COVID-19 Impact and Reopening-Sampson, et al.
"Up All Night"...'
The Way Forward: GSCS Leaders on COVID-19 Impact and Reopening-LaSusa
Superintendents Michael LaSusa and Mackey Pendergrast on "Lessons From the Pandemic on How to Re-Imagine and Improve Schooling"...'
The Way Forward: GSCS Leaders on COVID-19 Impact and Reopening--Aderhold
"19 Questions" by David Aderhold...'
6-29-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--NJ State Budget 2020: Key Points to Watch in $7.7 Billion Bill...' Jersey Journal--Parents say there’s still ‘dilemma’ as schools set to reopen in September...'

Star Ledger--N.J. kids may not be in class 5 days a week when schools reopen. Here are 3 possible ‘hybrid’ plans...'

Star Ledger--Too many rules? Or not enough? N.J. plan to reopen schools has district leaders scrambling...'

Star Ledger--A complete guide to N.J.’s schools’ reopening plan: timeline, rules, what you need to know...'

Asbury Park Press—Op-Ed: Greater parental controls and conversation need to keep children safe online    Lindenbaum...'

NPR--Education Dept. Rule Limits How Schools Can Spend Vital Aid Money...'

Education Week--Educators Support Black Lives Matter, But Still Want Police in Schools, Survey Shows...'

Chalkbeat--Some students will stay home in the fall. School districts have to figure out how to teach them...'

6-26-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Fine Print: Wall Street Rating of New Jersey School Districts New Jersey’s $335 Million State Aid Revisions Could Weaken School Districts’ Credit Quality...'

NJ Spotlight--Op-Ed: Keep Students at the Center When New Jersey Schools Reopen...'

Star Ledger--N.J.’s plan for reopening schools coming Friday...'

Press of Atlantic City--NJSIAA head says fall sports season will look different...'

NY Times--Pandemic Parenting Was Already Relentless. Then Came Summer...'

Education Week--Pulling Off a Regular School Schedule—With Modifications—in the Pandemic...'

Politics K-12 (via Education Week)--USDA Just Made it Easier to Serve School Meals Amid Coronavirus Precautions...'

Education Dive--School districts, boards respond to calls for change amid civil rights protests...'

6-25-20 Education in the News
The Atlantic--The Scientists Who Want Kids Back in School Some public-health experts say the costs of keeping schools closed outweigh the hazards of reopening them...'

NPR--What Parents Can Learn From Child Care Centers That Stayed Open During Lockdowns...'

Insider NJ--New Jersey Is the 10th Worst State for Racial Equality in Education – WalletHub Study...'

Politics K-12 (via Education Week)-Sen. Lamar Alexander Estimates K-12, Higher Ed. Need $50 Billion to $75 Billion to Reopen Safely...'

Education Dive--Educators prepare to apply lessons learned in spring, summer to next school year...'

6-24-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Murphy: Union Leaders OK Furlough Plan for State Workers With ratification vote pending, governor is mum on how much the proposal would ease the COVID-19 strain on Trenton’s finances...'

NJ Spotlight--Op-Ed: Follow-Up Needed on NJ’s Renewed Commitment to Climate Change Education...'

ABC News--Budgets put limits on social distancing options for schools...'

Chalkbeat--School lunch as we know it is over. Here’s how school nutrition directors are reinventing it for an uncertain year...'

Education Dive--Lessons In Leadership: Ohio superintendent prioritizes leading with core values amid reopening, unrest...'

Edutopia--How to Boost Students’ Sense of Optimism...'

The HechingerReport--When kids go back to school, who’s going to drive the bus?...'

6-23-20 Education in the News
NPR--Why There's A Push To Get Police Out Of Schools...' Education Week--‘A Punch to the Gut': Dealing with Suicide in a Pandemic...'

Education Week--Why Schools Are Not Holding Students Back to Address COVID-19 Learning Loss...'

Education Dive--Uncertain educational environment requires shift in PD...'

6-22-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Murphy Readies Plan for Reopening Schools Minus Critical Team Member...' NJ Spotlight--Lawmakers Are Likely to Pass Supplemental Spending Bill by End of June...'

Star Ledger--Rutgers will allow 35% capacity as it takes first steps to reopen. Here’s the plan so far...'

Press of Atlantic City--N.J. high school teams can begin workouts July 13...'

Education Week--6 Ways District Leaders Can Build Racial Equity...'

6-19-20 Education in the News
Star Ledger--N.J.’s education chief to finish school reopening planning before starting new university job...' The Record—New Jersey School Decry Late Guidance on Summer Session for Special Needs...'

NPR--Back To School For Real? Texas Officials Say Yes...'

Politics K-12 (via Education Week)--AFT Calls on Schools to Handle Security and Safety Without Police...'

Education Dive--Supreme Court's DACA decision protects thousands of educators, students...'

The Hechinger Report--Middle school is often difficult. Try experiencing it under quarantine...'

6-18-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Op-Ed: An ER Doctor’s Perspective on How to Safely Reopen and to Prepare for the Next Health Threat...' Star Ledger--N.J. to reveal strategy for pre-K to 12th grade schools reopening next week. New college rules provide some hints...'

NY Times--Thomas Freeman, Debate Coach With Broad Influence, Dies at 100...'

Education Week--Only One in Five Schools Offered 'Rigorous' Remote Learning, Study Says...'

Education Dive--Fast Forward: Hybrid models could prove effective. Are they here to stay?...'

The Hechinger Report--Research evidence for summer learning...'

6-17-20 Education in the News
NY Times--High School Students and Alumni Are Using Social Media to Expose Racism...' The Atlantic--What Anti-racist Teachers Do Differently They view the success of black students as central to the success of their own teaching...'

NPR--5 Radical Schooling Ideas For An Uncertain Fall, And Beyond...'

Politics K-12 (via Education Week)-Learn From the Last Recession and Boost School Funding, Witnesses Tell Congress...'

6-16-20 Education in the News
Star Ledger--N.J. gave 'false hope’ to parents, now special education schools will stay closed, leaders say...' Philadelphia Inquirer--Philly eyes school reopening plan that would stagger when students and staff come to schools...'

Insider NJ--N.J. Department of Health Issues Guidance for Outdoor Organized Sports...'

Education Week--Are America's Schools Ready for Tough Talk on Racism?...'

Politics K-12 (via Education Week)-- A Simple Idea to Make a COVID-19 Bailout for Schools More Equitable...'

Chalkbeat--Newark task force offers dozens of recommendations for reopening schools safely...'

Education Dive--Efforts to close digital divide top states' plans for emergency relief funds...'

Edutopia--The Value of Culturally Responsive Teaching in Distance Learning...'

6-15-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Roundtable: What’s Working in Remote Instruction...' NJ Spotlight--Q&A: Community Colleges Aim to Take Point in Post-Coronavirus Recovery...'

Star Ledger--Will N.J. schools be ready to reopen in the fall? Inside the scramble for an elusive plan...'

Star Ledger--Summer school can start July 6 in N.J. — and it can be in person, Murphy says...'

NY Times--How 132 Epidemiologists Are Deciding When to Send Their Children to School...'

NY Times--Charter Schools, Some With Billionaire Benefactors, Tap Coronavirus Relief...'

Education Week--Managing Buses May Be the Hardest Part of Reopening Schools...'

Politics K-12 9via Education Week)--Restart In-Person Classes or Lose Federal Aid, Two Lawmakers Say in Messaging Bill...'

Politics K-12 (via Education Week)-This Survey Data Indicates How Schools Plan to Use Federal COVID-19 Aid...'

Education Dive--Teachers can equip students with tools to 'demolish' racism...'

6-12-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Op-Ed: We Must Take Stock of Schools’ Response to COVID-19...' Asbury Park Press--'Before and after': How states are preparing to reopen schools amid coronavirus...'

NY Times--Pandemic-Stricken Schools Tell Senate They Need Help to Reopen...'

NPR--4 Ways Racial Inequity Harms American Schoolchildren...'

Education Week--The Socially Distanced School Day...'

Chalkbeat--In a sign of slow charter growth, feds may let states shift startup funds to help existing schools...'

Education Dive--Survey: Pandemic has caused teens to experience 'collective trauma'...'

6-11-20 Education in the News
Star Ledger: Op-Ed--We have a lot to learn about teaching while schools are closed, 2 superintendents say...' Star Ledger--N.J. schools can likely have 500 people at July graduations, Murphy says...'

NY Times--Schools Face Financial and Logistical Hurdles...'

NPR--Senate Panel Asks: When Can K-12 Schools Safely Reopen?...'

Education Week--Teachers Are as Racially Biased as Everybody Else, Study Shows...'

6-10-20 Education in the News
Star Ledger--N.J. schools can likely have 500 people at July graduations, Murphy says...' Education Week--COVID-19 Forces the Question: Should the Youngest Learners Have Devices?...'

Chalkbeat--Some school districts are cutting ties with police. What’s next?...'

Edutopia--A Focus on Empathy in Distance Learning...'

The Hechinger Report--COLUMN: Time for white people to have ‘the talk’ with their kids...'

6-9-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Repollet Gets Earful from Lawmakers over Lack of Progress in Closing Digital Divide...' Star Ledger--90K N.J. students can’t connect for virtual school. It’s ‘completely unacceptable,’ lawmaker says...'

The Record—New Jersey Schools Get Sex Ed Overhaul New Jersey schools get new sex-ed standards covering gender identity, consent and contraception...'

Washington Post--I’m your black friend, but I won’t educate you about racism. That’s on you...'

Politics K-12 (via Education Week)-- Fight Over COVID Aid Between Private Schools and States Heats Up...'

Politics K-12(via Education Week)--What Democrats' Policing Bill Says About School Resource Officers...'

Education Dive--Report: Most districts lacked clear plans in shift to remote learning...'

6-8-20 Education in the News
Chalkbeat (via NJ Spotlight)--Face Masks, No Outdoor Recess: What Newark Schools Might Look Like this Fall...' Star Ledger--Distance learning is tough. These hero high schoolers stepped in to help...'

Education Week--Do Cops Belong in Schools? Minneapolis Tragedy Prompts a Hard Look at School Police...'

Education Week--Districts' Summer School Plans on Shaky Ground...'

Education Dive--School nutrition group to USDA: Provide free meals for all students in 2020-21...'

Edutopia--A Guide to Equity and Antiracism for Educators...'

6-5-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--‘You Never Know How You Will Feel Until You Have a Gun Put to the Temple of Your Head’ New Jersey Education Commissioner Lamont Repollet recounts his personal experience of police profiling and harassment as a student...'

NJ Spotlight--State Board of Ed OKs New Teaching Standards for Climate Change, Sex Education...'

Star Ledger--N.J. education department sends survey to parents asking about reopening schools...'

Education Week--Most Educators Want Schools to Stay Closed to Slow Spread of COVID-19...'

Education Dive--Report: Districts' summer plans show missed opportunities...'

Edutopia--Lessons on Culturally Responsive Teaching From Black Churches...'

6-4-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Op-Ed: How About Moving Some Classes to the Great Outdoors When Schools Reopen?...' Star Ledger--Are you ready for socially distant school? How 1 N.J. district is planning to reopen...'

Star Ledger--N.J. schools will teach climate change education with new curriculum...'

Philadelphia Inquirer--Pennsylvania says in-class teaching can resume July 1, but schools still have issues to resolve...'

Asbury Park Press--Toms River school board president to Murphy: Your graduation rules are 'ludicrous'...'

NY Times--How to Normalize the College Search Process for Juniors...'

NPR--How White Parents Can Talk To Their Kids About Race...'

Education Dive--Educators call for schools to be 'safe havens' against racism...'

6-3-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Op-Ed: Don’t Let the Pandemic Make Bias the New Normal Racial slurs and hate speech prompted by the pandemic aren’t ‘little’ incidents; they open the door to massive abuses and the wrenching reckonings that follow...'

Education Week--'Teachers Cannot Be Silent': How Educators Are Showing Up for Black Students Following Protests...'

Education Week--'Teachers Cannot Be Silent': How Educators Are Showing Up for Black Students Following Protests...'

6-2-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Gov. Murphy Says New Jersey Is Ready for ‘Stage Two’ Reopening...' Star Ledger--When schools reopen, their doors must open equally to all...'

Star Ledger--N.J.’s virtual school year will be a challenge until the very end. Here’s why...'

NPR--U.K. Schools Begin Reopening Despite Coronavirus Concerns...'

Education Week--7 Issues Facing K-12 Budgets as COVID-Shocked Legislatures Reconvene...'

Education Week--How Can School Sports Get Back on the Playing Field?...'

6-1-20 Education in the News
Star Ledger--HS sports may be casualty again when aid cuts and reopening expenses hit schools ...' Asbury Park Press--Jersey Shore schools see little change after latest state aid cuts, but worry about what's ahead...'

Washington Post--Betsy DeVos doubles down on hereducation agenda during the pandemic...'

Education Week--Instruction During COVID-19: Less Learning Time Drives Fears of Academic Erosion...'

Education Week--Data: Students Are Getting Less Instruction Time During Coronavirus...'

Chalkbeat--‘Moments like now are why we teach’: Educators tackle tough conversations about race and violence — this time virtually...'

Chalkbeat--Who gets to decide how schools work this fall? It’s complicated...'

The Hechinger Report--‘You’re stuck’: America wants to reopen its economy. It won’t happen without schools or child care...'

5-29-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Fiscal Experts Project NJ Revenue Losses Won’t Be as Bad as Murphy’s Team Forecast...' Star Ledger--N.J. slashes $335M from its school funding proposal. Here’s what it means for your district...'

USA Today--Back to school? 1 in 5 teachers are unlikely to return to reopened classrooms this fall, poll says...'

Star Ledger--'Convoluted, contradictory and confused’: Frustrated N.J. school officials still puzzled by graduation rules...'

Asbury Park Press--Rebuilding America: Will there be high school sports in the fall in NJ?...'

Education Week--Will COVID-19 Spur Greater Use of Artificial Intelligence in K-12 Education?...'

Education Dive--High expectations for summer programs as learning gaps predicted to grow...'

5-28-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Op-Ed: As We Think About Reopening Schools in the Fall, 91 Questions to Start With...' NJ Spotlight--Fine Print: New Jersey Guidance for High School Graduations...'

Star Ledger--Decision on when N.J. could reopen schools will likely come by mid-June, Murphy says...'

NJ Spotlight--Explainer: What Parents Should Know About MIS-C, Syndrome with Possible Link to the Coronavirus...'

Star Ledger--Graduation in July? Some N.J. schools won’t do it even with Murphy’s blessing...'

Asbury Park Press--Rebuilding America: Reopened New Jersey schools will look much different...'

NPR--Survey Shows Big Remote Learning Gaps For Low-Income And Special Needs Children...'

Politics K-12 (via Education Week)--Poll: Teachers, Parents Wary of Returning to Schools Without COVID-19 Vaccine...'

Edutopia--In Rural and Urban Communities, Kids Still Can’t Get Online...'

5-27-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Pandemic-Related Decline in Childhood Vaccines Prompts State Plea to Parents Department of Health also urges pediatricians to devise new office protocols to keep patients and parents safe from coronavirus, reduce fear factor...'

NJ Spotlight--Can Bill to Protect Contact-Tracing Data Encourage Residents to Participate in These Programs?...'

Star Ledger--N.J. schools can have in-person graduations in July in major change to coronavirus rules, Murphy says...'

Star Ledger--Will N.J.'s wealthy private schools receive too much coronavirus aid?...'

The Record—Editorial: Graduations, Murphy Sends Students into Whiplash Why the sudden change on graduations? In these early days of reopening the Governor seems willing to give in to impulse and gambling...'

Washinton Post (via Philadelphia Inquirer)—20% of Teachers Probably Will Not Return to Classrooms If Schools Reopen This Fall Poll Finds...'

NPR--A Bold Pitch To Boost School Funding For The Nation's Most Vulnerable Students...'

Politics K-12 (via Education Week)--DeVos to Release Rule Cementing COVID Aid Push for Private School Students...'

Chalkbeat--Colorado schools in the fall: 10 people per class, face masks, and remote learning too?...'

5-26-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--No Immediate Cuts in State Aid to Schools in Murphy’s Revised 2020 Spending Plan...' NJ Spotlight--Murphy, Lawmakers Have Only Weeks to Make Hard Budget Choices...'

NJ Spotlight--Op-Ed: Lessons from the Pandemic on How to Reimagine and Improve Schooling ‘When school resumes, we will better appreciate what we have been missing, but we should build upon what we have learned’...'

Star Ledger--Students, lawmakers putting pressure on Murphy to allow high school graduations...'

Asbury Park Press—NJSIAA forms COVID-19 Task Force to Plan for Return of Sports...'

The Atlantic-- The Misfortune of Graduating in 2020 The current economic conditions could take this year’s grads 10 years or more to recover from...'

NPR--The Pandemic Is Driving America's Schools Toward A Financial Meltdown...'

Education Week--Too Expensive to Re-Open Schools? Some Superintendents Say It Is...'

Education Dive--NFHS releases high school sports guidelines during coronavirus pandemic...'

5-22-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--COVID-19 Lockdowns Impact Vaccination Rates in Children Rutgers pediatric director says fewer children getting vaccinated puts public health at risk: 'If that percentage drops, it leaves us all open to the illness itself'...'

NJ Spotlight--Opinion: How to Meet the Financial Challenges Facing New Jersey The state should always be mindful of both the short- and long-term implications of the budget adjustments that are made — avoiding one-time revenue sources at all costs...'

Star Ledger--Murphy says N.J. salons, gyms could reopen in ‘a matter of weeks.' And here’s his latest on schools...'

Students sue N.J. over canceling graduation. A judge will hear their case...'

Star Ledger--Teaching remotely hasn’t been easy. Try managing a classroom that speaks 10 different languages...'

Education Week--Too Expensive to Re-Open Schools? Some Superintendents Say It Is...'

Chalkbeat--N.J. decision to follow DeVos guidance will reduce coronavirus aid for public schools, advocates say...'

Education Dive--Fast Forward: What could reacclimation mean for schools beyond COVID-19? Prioritizing SEL, adjusting approaches to testing and adopting a customer-service approach could be long-term changes districts have to embrace...'

5-21-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Fine Print: NJ School Boards’ Report Starts Conversation on Reopening Ten recommendations for issues to be considered and questions to be answered...'

Star Ledger--Can N.J. schools really reopen this fall? ‘Hundreds of questions’ remain, report says...'

Star Ledger—Op-Ed: NJEA: Now when every dollar counts, let’s pass our historic health care plan for teachers...'

Star Ledger--Should N.J. schools give letter grades during a pandemic?...'

Asbury Park Press—“Totally Different Set of Problems”: The Good, Bad of Coronavirus Remote Learning...'

Insider NJ--Senate Republicans Call on Governor to Release Clear Plans for Child Care & Education (full text)...'

NY Times--Not Everyone Hates Remote Learning. For These Students, It’s a Blessing. “At home, it seems to be a bit easier to focus on all the work,” said one eighth grader who was struggling in school. “Everything in general is easier.”...

Education Week--Helping Students Grieve From a Distance...'

Chalkbeat--Asked whether she is using crisis to support private school choice, DeVos says ‘yes, absolutely’...'

Edutopia--Lessons Learned During the Pandemic Teachers have worked fast to meet the demands of this moment, but as they get a chance to slow down and reflect, some lessons are clear—like the primacy of relationships...'

5-20-20 Education in the News
Star Ledger--N.J. discussing what reopening schools in September could look like. Plan may include reduced capacities With a vaccine for the coronavirus unlikely by early September, state officials are currently “war-gaming” what New Jersey schools will look like when the next academic year begins, Gov. Phil Murphy said Tuesday...'

Star Ledger--N.J. colleges want immunity if COVID-19 hits students, faculty this fall...'

Education Week--How COVID-19 Will Balloon District Costs This Coming School Year...'

Education Week--Calculator: How Much Will COVID-19 Cost Schools? The fast-moving recession driven by the coronavirus pandemic is expected to put financial pressure on schools as early as the 2020-21 school year. Use this interactive tool developed by Education Week and the Learning Policy Institute to calculate projected increased costs for the nation and the states...'

Education Dive--Survey: Children's loss of social ties, learning top parents' closure concerns A desire for more regular contact with children’s teachers is also a recurring theme across multiple surveys...'

5-19-20 Education in the News
Star Ledger--Murphy has 'hope’ for graduations in N.J. later this summer...' Star Ledger--Our school district is advocating for the invisible students...'

NPR--YMCA, American Camp Association Release Guide For Opening Summer Camps...'

Politics K-12 (via Education Week)--USDA Extends Waivers to Help Schools Feed Hungry Kids During COVID-19 Closures...'

Education Dive—How Feasible Are School Reopening Plans for Fall? Common trends across reopening plans from prominent education, government and health organizations suggest doing so may be easier said than done...'

Edutopia--Maintaining Work-Life Balance During the Pandemic Keeping school and personal life separate, always a struggle for teachers, is even more difficult when they’re both in the same place...'

The Hechinger Report--Facing uncertain futures, high school seniors weigh tough college options and alternate paths...'

5-18-20 Education in the News
Star Ledger--Big school cuts may be coming. Here’s where N.J. districts will slash first. The video conference of the Toms River Regional school board’s budget committee began on a positive note Wednesday as members logged on from their kitchen tables and home offices and noted the agenda was the shortest anyone could remember...'

Star Ledger--COVID-19 layoffs are coming for N.J. teachers. How bad will it get?
Newark teacher Elizabeth Stover talks to her students on the first day of school in 2017. (Aristide Economopoulos    NJ Advance Media for NJ.com) NJ Advance Media for NJ.com...'

NY Times--Glitches in Online A.P. Tests Add to Students’ Anxieties Technical problems with the digital versions of the Advanced Placement exams caused angst for high school students and parents at an already stressful time...'

Politics K-12 (via Education Week)--Trump, Fauci, and Reopening Schools: What You Need to Know Are President Donald Trump and Dr. Anthony Fauci talking past each other when it comes to reopening the nation's schools?...'

Education Week--States All Over the Map on Remote Learning Rigor, Detail...'

Chalkbeat--New CDC guidance offers few details for schools deciding how to reopen...'

Education Dive--NEA poll: Lower online class attendance, equity among educators' top concerns...'

5-15-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--NJ Schools to Get $280M in Federal Emergency Aid, But Future Still Uncertain Gov. Phil Murphy says state aid to schools is in jeopardy as New Jersey faces revenue shortfalls in the billions of dollars...'

NJ Spotlight--Counselors, Nurses, OtherSchool Staffers Adapt to Working From a Distance Like teachers, guidance counselors, librarians and school nurses are juggling more jobs than ever — on the phone and over the internet...'

Washington Post (via Philadelphia Inquirer)--CDC offers brief checklists to guide businesses, schools and others on reopening...'

NJ Times--DeVos Funnels Coronavirus Relief Funds to Favored Private and Religious Schools...'

Education Week--Teachers Hungry for State Leadership on School Reopenings As educators wrap up the current school year in unprecedented circumstances due to the coronavirus, they want state leaders to give as much direction as possible about how to prepare for the next one...'

Education Dive--Report: Nearly half of principals considering leaving their schools...'

5-14-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Sharp Dip in Total Tax Revenues Reveals COVID-19’s Impact on Garden State April tax revenues plummeted 60% as pandemic began to take hold, and as tax deadlines were delayed...'

Star Ledger--N.J. got $310M in COVID-19 aid for schools. Here’s what your district will receive...'

Politics K-12 (via Education Week)- COVID-19 Testing Key to Reopening Schools, Health Officials Tell Senators...'

Star Ledger--N.J. schools can hold graduation events as long as everyone stays in cars amid coronavirus...'

NPR--With School Buildings Closed, Children's Mental Health Is Suffering...'

Education Dive--School reopenings leave educators in high-risk groups with difficult choice over return...'

Edutopia--Helping Students Through a Period of Grief...'

5-13-20 Education in the News
Star Ledger--As jobs vanish, N.J. students search for elusive summer employment...' Education Week--Teachers Work an Hour Less Per Day During COVID-19: 8 Key EdWeek Survey Findings Less time teaching, dramatically reduced exposure to new learning material for students living in poverty, and lots of Zoom lessons...'

Chalkbeat--Will schools be able to reopen in the fall? Fauci says answer will be ‘very different’ across the country...'

Education Dive--School closures changing districts' methods, terms for bargaining with unions Amid the pandemic, unions and districts are renegotiating labor contracts to address long-term closures at an unprecedented rapid pace, but experts suggest collaboration may fizzle in the summer...'

Hechinger Report--OPINION: The outbreak didn’t need to be this hard on students — we can do better next time by rethinking how and when learning takes place...'

5-12-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Unanimous Board Vote Makes It Official: Repollet Moving to Kean University Outgoing education commissioner leaves successor serious challenges, like remote learning, but new Kean president faces equally weighty issues...'

Star Ledger--N.J.'s education chief is leaving for a college president job...'

Star Ledger--Trump administration approves plan to provide extra food aid to 600K children in N.J...'

Star Ledger--Drive-by wave parades don’t violate coronavirus rules if you stay in cars, don’t congregate, N.J. State Police clarifies...'

Insider NJ--Statement from Governor Murphy on Appointment of Department of Education Commissioner Dr. Lamont Repollet as the Next President of Kean University...'

Press of Atlantic City--'Bridge year' bill would give current juniors and sophomores optional extra year...'

Education Week--Devastated Budgets and Widening Inequities: How the Coronavirus Collapse Will Impact Schools...'

Chalkbeat--Millions of students are taking AP exams from home. They hope technology and internet glitches won’t hold them back...'

Education Dive--School meal programs seek relief, plan for uncertain summer With an increase in families reporting financial insecurity, experts also expect more students to become eligible for free and reduced-price meals...'

Edutopia--Curbing Teacher Burnout During the Pandemic Teachers are adapting to a host of exhausting new challenges during the coronavirus. We asked educators and other experts for strategies to help address this new form of burnout...'

5-11-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Just the FAQs: What the State DOE Is Telling Schools About COVID-19 [Updated: May 11, 2020] The NJ Department of Education adds information on federal stimulus aid and virtual high school graduations...'

Star Ledger--What will N.J. schools look like when they reopen? 4 experts weigh in...'

NPR--AP Tests Begin Online And At Home — But Not For Everyone...'

NPR--Sen. Bill Cassidy On Reopening Schools: Children Are Paying A High Price At Home...'

NPR--French Education Minister Says School Reopenings Will Be Done 'Very Progressively'...'

Education Week---Teachers at Higher Risk of COVID-19 Wonder: Should I Even Go Back? When school buildings reopen, many teachers might not be there...'

Education Week--What School Reopening Looks Like Around the World...'

Chalkbeat--A looming issue for schools: Teachers with health worries who can’t or won’t go back...'

Edutopia--Schools Are Opening Worldwide, Providing a Model for the U.S. Children are returning to school in countries that are weeks—or months—ahead of the U.S. in battling Covid-19. Here’s how it’s happening...'

5-8-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Senate to Hear Sweeney’s Furlough Plan for State, Local Government Workers Next Week Senator says state would save hundreds of millions of dollars, while workers would make the same or even better pay because of expanded federal funding for unemployment benefits...'

South Jersey Times--The Class of COVID-19: Healthy memories will endure    Editorial...'

Asbury Park Press—Op-Ed: A Gift to Teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week This Teacher Appreciation Week, let’s give a gift to our teachers and use this moment to re-evaluate our current focus on standardized testing...'

NY Times--Scientists Consider Indoor Ultraviolet Light to Zap Coronavirus in the Air Some researchers hope a decades-old technology might get its moment and be deployed in stores, restaurants and schools...'

NPR--CDC Guidance For Reopening Schools, Child Care And Summer Camps Is Leaked No field trips. No game rooms. No teddy bears. These are some of the CDC's guidelines for reopening schools, childcare centers and day camps safely in places where coronavirus cases are on the decline...'

Education Week--Coronavirus Upends After-School World...'

Politics K-12 (via Education Week)--Use COVID-19 Aid to Help Make Schools 'Command Centers,' Groups Urge...'

5-7-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Vigilance in NJ as Severe COVID-19 Cases Emerge in Kids in NY...' The Record—Op-Ed: COVID-19: New Jersey's education system is imperiled by the pandemic. Here's how...'

NPR--A Few Schools Reopen, But Remote Learning Could Go On For Years In U.S...'

Education Week--Should Schools Pay for Teachers' Internet Access?...'

Politics K-12 (via Education Week)--Trump Again Pushes Schools to Reopen, Says Older Teachers Should Stay Home...'

Chalkbeat--AFT and superintendents group to districts: Ignore DeVos’s guidance on aid to private schools...'

Chalkbeat--Cuomo taps Gates Foundation to ‘reimagine’ what schooling looks like in NY...'

Education Dive--7 students in a class? Not practical, school operations officials say...'

5-6-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Sweeney: We Need More Info on Governor’s Borrowing Plan Murphy spokesman counters that administration has met with key legislators and answered questions about the need for fiscal help during pandemic...'

NJ Spotlight--Fine Print: Murphy Vetoes Distance-Learning Bill Governor rejects state money for remote-instruction technology, counting on feds to step up...'

Star Ledger--Fewer people are studying to become teachers in N.J. Could higher pay, appreciation reverse the trend?...'

Star Ledger--N.J. will keep federal coronavirus aid, and $467M is going to schools, Murphy says...'

South Jersey Times--No time better than now for ‘universal school lunch’    Editorial...'

NPR--When After-School Is Shut Down, Too...'

Education Week--Is Betsy DeVos Trying to Throw Private Schools a Lifeline Using Coronavirus Aid?...'

Politics K-12 (via Education Week)--New York State Teams With Gates Foundation to 'Reimagine Education' Amid Pandemic...'

Chalkbeat--Guidance from DeVos means more coronavirus relief for private schools...'

Edutopia--Teachers’ Most Common Tech Issues—and How to Fix Them...'

5-5-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Decision to Close Schools Brings Issues About Remote Learning to Fore Graduation, special ed, summer school — and the all-too-familiar technology gap — are just a few of challenges that remain unresolved...'

NJ Spotlight--Bill Would Codify Order Allowing Longer Grace Period for Property-Tax Payments...'

Star Ledger--Schools in N.J. will stay closed through the end of this academic year due to coronavirus outbreak...'

Insider NJ-- Senate Education Recovery Task Force Holds First Meeting...'

Education Week--Schools Struggle to Meet Students' Mounting Mental-Health Needs...'

Education Dive--A Powerful Model for Understanding Good Tech Integration Good technology integration isn’t about using the fanciest tool, it’s about being aware of the range of options and picking the right strategy—or strategies—for the lesson at hand...'

5-4-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Murphy to Announce Today Whether Schools Will Be Closed Through End of Year While thousands of students are still without necessary technology for remote instruction, education officials say there are ways to close the gaps...'

NJ Spotlight--Op-Ed: The Changes We Should Expect to Take Place in Schooling The societal disruption brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic also signals a major redesign in our schooling system; here are 10 likely changes...'

Star Ledger--Will N.J. schools reopen or stay closed due to coronavirus? Decision expected today. Parents and students are expected to learn Monday whether New Jersey schools will reopen before the end of the academic year or if they’ll stay closed as the state battles the coronavirus pandemic...'

Star Ledger--Schools giving out free lunches even if you don’t qualify and N.J. will pay the tab...'

The Atlantic--Shop Class, Over Zoom How one career and technical high school is going remote...'

Education Week--From Triage to Recovery: Issues States Will Address in School Reopening Plans...'

Chalkbeat--Voluntary or mandatory? Remote or in person? Districts grapple with summer school logistics, equity questions...'

Edutopia--Fostering a Strong Community in a Virtual Classroom The shift to working online requires teachers to think a little differently about how to build the culture they want with their students...'

Education Dive--Survey: Teachers favor moving on to next year's content in the fall Administrators, however, are more supportive of picking up instruction where it left off when school closures began...'

5-1-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Taking on Education’s Toughest Task: Remote Learning and NJ’s Special Kids An NJ Spotlight virtual roundtable brought together educators, teachers, parents to assess lessons learned, next steps with distance learning likely for rest of school year...'

Star Ledger--School’s proposed 22% tax hike will ‘force some people to lose their homes,’ taxpayers say...'

NY Times--High School Seniors Are Making Yearbooks on Instagram The class of 2020 has given up prom, graduation and other rites, but they’re sharing memories and celebrating each other’s achievements online...'

Education Week--Right-to-Education Ruling Jolts Education-Advocacy World A bold decision by a federal appeals court recognizing a right under the U.S. Constitution to a basic minimum education, in the form of access to literacy, has cheered education-equity advocates and may be felt far beyond the substandard Detroit schools that are the subject of the underlying lawsuit...'

Politics K-12 (via Education Week)--Four Things to Know About Betsy DeVos' COVID-19 Grants for Parents, States...'

Education Dive--Triaging trauma: Community schools tap partners to address needs made worse by COVID-19 Leaders say this crisis “makes the case” for the community school model, but with state revenues falling, funding for expansion is unlikely...'

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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