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GSCS Statement Condemning Violence Motivated by Race, Ethnicity or Sexual Orientation
With the recent spate of violent bias-based crimes and other incidences of hatred based on perceived characteristics of individuals or groups, the Garden State Coalition of Schools wants to reaffirm our support of all those who advocate for the changes that will put an end to those expressions of hatred and promote increased understanding and peaceful resolution of conflict in our communities.
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Testimony on delayed learning from Rachel Goldberg, letter on cessation of SBYSP and more...'
Virtual and In-Person Meeting Calendar for 2024-2025
All Meetings, starting in September 2021...'
GSCS Critical Issues
7-19-24 Education in the News
NPR--The science section of the ACT exam will now be optional...' Education Week--Students’ Lack of Focus Is the Top Barrier to Learning, School Leaders Say...'

Chalkbeat--Bipartisan coalition issues call to cut chronic absenteeism in half as kids continue to miss school...'

Edutopia--How to Take a Summer Break From Your Email...'

7-18-24 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--School segregation lawsuit: Both sides ask court to extend mediation deadline...' Philadelphia Inquirer—Pa. schools won’t be required to adopt the “science of reading” next year...'

Education Week--Pause Before You Post: A Social Media Guide for Educators in Tense Political Times...'

Education Dive--Ed tech providers hold ‘shared responsibility’ for AI, says Education Dept...'

7-17-24 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Thousands fewer NJ high schoolers apply for federal college aid...' NPR--As discrimination complaints soar, parents of disabled students wait for help...'

Education Week--When Social Media and Cellphones Are Lifelines to Kids Who Feel Different...'

Education Dive--Message to principals: Help students focus on one positive experience a day...'

7-16-22 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Is new NJ program to address youth mental health missing those most in need?...' NPR--California bans school rules requiring parents notification of child's pronoun change...'

Education Week--Should the Bible Be Taught in Public Schools?...'

Chalkbeat--Before issuing school cellphone policy, Hochul and Banks seek more input...'

Education Dive--As FCC prepares for E-rate expansion vote, a lawsuit seeks to block the way...'

7-15-24 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--N.J. school superintendent dies unexpectedly...' Education Week--Media Literacy Is an Essential Skill. Schools Should Teach It That Way...'

Education Dive--Parents to spend nearly 22% more on back-to-school shopping this year...'

Edutopia--3 Schools, 3 Principals, 3 Cell Phone Bans...'

The Hechinger Report--PROOF POINTS: New studies of online tutoring highlight troubles with attendance and larger tutoring groups...'

7-12-24 Education in the News
Education Week--A State Considers a Future in Which Schools Can’t Rely on Property Taxes...' Chalkbeat--State promises to replace 13 Newark schools as district mulls bond for other projects...'

Education Dive--Oklahoma religious charter cancels fall opening, plans SCOTUS appeal...'

The Hechinger Report--OPINION: School counselors are scarce, but AI could play an important role in helping them reach more students...'

7-11-24 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--A (small) shakeup at State Board of Education...' Education Week--Teachers: Start Your School Supplies Shopping Now With These Discounts...'

Chalkbeat--Classroom ‘churn’ has negative effect on third grade reading scores, new Colorado study finds...'

7-10-24 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--New urgency to boost literacy among youngest NJ students...' Education Week--Which States Ban or Restrict Cellphones in Schools?...'

Education Dive--How the Chevron ruling could affect K-12 policies...'

The Hechinger Report--What aspects of teaching should remain human?...'

Washington Post—Va. Gov. Youngkin calls for ‘phone-free’ public schools in executive order...'

7-9-24 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Districts: School cellphone rules will improve mental health...' Philadelphia Inquirer—Malvern middle schoolers created more than 20 TikTok accounts that impersonated teachers and posted inappropriate content...'

Asbury Park Press--Toms River schools suing NJ over massive state aid cuts: 'Legislative child abuse'...'

Education Week--Los Angeles Unified’s AI Meltdown: 5 Ways Districts Can Avoid the Same Mistakes...'

Chalkbeat--Flawed FAFSA rollout leads to 11.6% drop in students filling out the college financial aid form...'

Education Dive--Will 2024 see fewer school shootings?...'

The Hechinger Report--PROOF POINTS: Some of the $190 billion in pandemic money for schools actually paid off...'

7-8-24 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--NJ schools prepare to feed 60,000 more students starting in September...' NJ Spotlight--Q&A: Ahmed Shehata, new State Board of Education member...'

Philadelphia Inquirer--Black and Hispanic students were disproportionately suspended, N.J. report shows...'

Washington Post--After pandemic closures, kids are still behind. Can you do their math?...'

Education Week--‘Be Vocal Without Being Vicious’: Superintendents on Fighting for More Funding...'

Chalkbeat--The pandemic set younger kids back. Their struggle to recover is especially acute, data shows...'

Chalkbeat--COVID aid funded big repairs at high-poverty schools. Will that give academics a boost too?...'

The Hechinger Report--Do we need a ‘Common Core’ for data science education?...'

6-28-24 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Battle lines drawn over State Board of Education seats...' NJ Spotlight--NJ budget details: What made it into the final spending bill? What didn’t?...'

NY Times--Oklahoma’s State Superintendent Requires Public Schools to Teach the Bible...'

Education Week--‘More Inclusive Policies,’ What Teachers Say They Want...'

Education Dive--How stoic philosophy influences a New Jersey superintendent’s approach to leadership...'

The Hechinger Report--How did students pitch themselves to colleges after last year’s affirmative action ruling?...'

6-27-24 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Democrats rush spending bill, clear path for record-high budget...' NY Times--Why U.S. Schools Are Facing Their Biggest Budget Crunch in Years...'

Education Week--School Librarians Are Creating Free Book Fairs. Here’s How...'

Chalkbeat--Parents, here’s what you need to know if your child is being bullied...'

Education Dive--Summer Reading: School cybersecurity threats on the rise...'

6-26-24 Education in the News
Washington Post—Burst in COVID spending helped students recover, researchers find...' The Atlantic--The Teen Summer Job Is Back...'

Education Week--Religious Charter School Is Unconstitutional, Oklahoma Supreme Court Rules...'

Education Dive--Weaker teacher-student relationships put absentee students at ‘double disadvantage’...'

6-25-24 Education in the News
Education Week--Cellphones in Schools: Addiction, Distraction, or Teaching Tool?...' Chalkbeat--Math instruction overhaul: NYC unveils new curriculum mandate for middle and high schools...'

Education Dive--USDA’s updated nutrition standards will cost school districts $206M annually...'

6-24-24 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--LGBTQ+ students in NJ celebrate graduation with special events...' NJ Monitor--Don’t give up on the FAFSA, advocates for student financial aid urge...'

Education Week--AI and Equity, Explained: A Guide for K-12 Schools...'

Education Dive--Are test scores enough to assess English learners’ progress?...'

The Hechinger Report--PROOF POINTS: This is your brain. This is your brain on screens...'

6-21-24 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Bill would set guidelines for how to teach reading...' NY Times--Newark Schools Struggle to Keep Students Cool...'

Wall Street Journal--A Record Number of Kids Are in Special Education—and It’s Getting Harder to Help Them All...'

Education Week--‘Psychological Warfare': Teachers Sound Off on Classroom Management...'

Chalkbeat--New Jersey unveils resources for educators using AI in schools as state aims to pioneer innovations...'

Education Dive--SIIA warns schools and ed tech to prepare for costly, time-consuming Title II compliance...'

Edutopia--7 Strategies to Activate Students’ SEL Skills...'

6-20-24 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Op-Ed: A call to do more to stop illegal vaping among young people...' InsiderNJ--The Assembly Education Committee Votes to Protects Librarians...'

NY Times--Louisiana Requires All Public Classrooms to Display Ten Commandments...'

The Atlantic--The Schools That Are No Longer Teaching Kids to Read Books...'

Education Week--Who’s Eligible for Special Education Services? Schools Struggle to Keep Up...'

Chalkbeat--Teachers’ job stress has improved to pre-pandemic levels. They’re still pretty stressed out...'

The Hechinger Report--What teachers want from AI...'

6-19-24 Education in the News
NY Times--California Joins Growing National Effort to Ban Smartphone Use in Schools...' NY Times--How Black Librarians Helped Create Generations of Black Literature...'

Education Week--What Schools Can Learn From a Global Assessment on Creative Thinking...'

Chalkbeat--Teachers’ job stress has improved to pre-pandemic levels. They’re still pretty stressed out...'

The Hechinger Report--OPINION: There are lessons to be learned from Finland, but giving smartphones to young children isn’t one of them...'

6-18-24 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--No shortage of opinions on what defines antisemitism...' Education Week--Social Media Should Come With a Warning, Says U.S. Surgeon General...'

Education Dive--House education committee advances resolution to repeal Title IX final rule...'

6-17-24 Education in the News
Philadelphia Inquirer—Senior week is still a money-maker for Wildwood businesses, whether they like the tradition or not...' NY Times--A School With 7 Students: Inside the ‘Microschools’ Movement...'

The Atlantic--Before Juneteenth...'

Education Week--We Can End Academic Tracking Fast—Or We Can Do It Right...'

Education Dive--Book ban lawsuits one step closer to Supreme Court...'

Edutopia--Social Media’s Favorite English Teacher...'

The Hechinger Report--PROOF POINTS: Teens are looking to AI for information and answers, two surveys show...'

6-14-24 Education in the News
NY Times--Grand Jury Declines to Indict Principal Accused of Endangering a Student...' Washington Post--Which states are restricting, or requiring, lessons on race, sex and gender...'

NPR--Kindergartners are missing a lot of school. This district has a fix...'

Education Week--What Happened When This District Did an About-Face on Cellphones...'

Education Dive--Book ban lawsuits one step closer to Supreme Court...'

6-13-24 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--A new emphasis on electrifying NJ’s school bus fleet...' Star Ledger--8 N.J. parents groups labeled ‘anti-government’ on new list by hate watchdog organization...'

Education Week--As Districts Weigh 4-Day Weeks, Research Overlooks Their Most Pressing Questions...'

Chalkbeat--NYC gets $27 million from Juul lawsuit settlement to combat youth vaping...'

Education Dive--PowerSchool to go private in $5.6B deal...'

6-12-24 Education in the News
Education Week--Districts Struggle to Find the Least Harmful Cuts as Budgets Shrink...' Chalkbeat--Op-Ed: Most NYC high schools don’t have a student newspaper. Teachers can help change that...'

Education Dive--What are the most common school communications crises?...'

6-11-24 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Legislation is aimed at protecting librarians from abuse, intimidation...' Star Ledger--N.J. high school starts fix for yearbooks with Muslim student photo on Jewish club page...'

Philadelphia Inquirer—Who is Kwame Morton, Cherry Hill’s new schools chief?...'

NPR--What’s a book ban anyway? Depends on who you ask...'

Education Week--Cellphones Turned My Teaching Career From ‘Awesome’ to Exhausting...'

Education Dive--Chronic absenteeism rates almost doubled during pandemic...'

6-10-24 Education in the News
Asbury Park Press--Southern Poverty Law Center labels NJ parents' rights groups as 'antigovernment'...' NPR--With 'chronic absenteeism' soaring in schools, most parents aren’t sure what it is...'

Education Week--4 Keys to Building a Pipeline From High School to the Teaching Profession...'

The Hechinger Report--PROOF POINTS: As teacher layoffs loom, research evidence mounts that seniority protections hurt kids in poverty...'

6-7-24 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Lawmakers advance bill to limit book bans, give librarians more protections...' NJ Monitor--Bill on library book selection clears Assembly panel after four-hour hearing...'

NPR--Some states are seeing chronic absenteeism soar to more than 40% of students...'

Education Week--A More Complete Picture of Immigration’s Impact on U.S. Public Schools...'

Education Dive--Hoping to block Title IX final rule, lawmakers invoke Congressional Review Act...'

6-6-24 Education in the News
Chalkbeat (via NJ Spotlight)--High school graduation rates for Black boys are improving, but disparities persist...' Star Ledger--4 N.J. school districts cutting more than 60 teachers, staff positions...'

Washington Post—Billions in tax dollars now go to religious schools via vouchers...'

Education Week--What Is Title IX? Schools, Sports, and Sex Discrimination...'

Chalkbeat--Pennsylvania House takes first step to turn fair education funding plan into law...'

Education Dive--Bipartisan Senate bill would create federal guidance for AI in schools...'

The Hechinger Report--A checklist no one wants: 8 steps to take after a school shooting...'

6-5-24 Educaiton in the News
NJ Spotlight--Financial uncertainties add to teacher shortage in some districts...' Education Week--Young Kids Are Struggling With Skills Like Listening, Sharing, and Using Scissors...'

Education Dive--Cardona: Education Department ‘acutely aware’ of FAFSA obstacles...'

Edutopia--Using AI Tutors to Flip Your Classroom...'

The Hechinger Report--OPINION: It’s not just about tech and anxiety. What are kids learning?...'

6-4-24 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--NJ debates how best to deliver preschool...' Star Ledger--There’s a new way to apprentice to become a teacher in N.J. Here’s who’s eligible...'

The Record--NJ school segregation lawsuit talks may continue for months. Here's what they're saying...'

Education Week--Team Teaching: A Boost to Teacher Retention...'

Education Dive--Do state assessments need an overhaul?...'

6-3-24 Education in the News
Education Week--Restorative Justice in Schools, Explained...' Education Dive--Graduation rates rebounded shortly after pandemic hiccup...'

The Hechinger Report--PROOF POINTS: Writing researcher finds AI feedback ‘better than I thought’...'

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