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NJ SPOTLIGHT - LEGISLATURE’S RESOLUTION PROMPTS DEMAND TO FULLY FUND ABBOTT DISTRICTS…ELC warns of legal action if state doesn’t comply with court formula for aid to low-income schools ‘As it has done before, the Democrat-led Legislature last week quietly rejected the Christie administration’s attempt to adjust the state’s school-funding formula, even if it would not much affect the bottom-line amounts that schools receive next year. This time, however, there could be repercussions before the state’s highest court…’

Star Ledger--Did N.J. school mislead parents about PARCC tests? 'Lisa Strutin knows that New Jersey school districts are facing pressure to persuade students to participate in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers exams. But Strutin, the mother of a ninth-grader at Hackettstown High School, thinks her district's efforts went too far, she said...It's the latest clash in the ongoing tug-of-war between New Jersey parents who don't want their students taking PARCC and schools that are trying to meet the test participation rate required by federal law...'

NJ SPOTLIGHT - PARENTS, ADVOCATES MEASURE HOW FAR DYSLEXIA EDUCATION HAS COME, STILL HAS TO GO…Speaking out about the progress that New Jersey schools have made in dealing with reading disorder ‘A few years ago, a group of parents whose children have dyslexia started pushing for New Jersey to require public schools to step up the help they offered to students with the reading disorder. Ultimately, the legislative process yielded three bills passed in 2013…Three years later, those parents and other advocates who joined the push are revisiting what they gained with the legislation and feeling pretty good about what has come from those laws, at least in spirit if not always in practice…’

NJ SPOTLIGHT - LEGISLATURE’S RESOLUTION PROMPTS DEMAND TO FULLY FUND ABBOTT DISTRICTS…ELC warns of legal action if state doesn’t comply with court formula for aid to low-income schools ‘As it has done before, the Democrat-led Legislature last week quietly rejected the Christie administration’s attempt to adjust the state’s school-funding formula, even if it would not much affect the bottom-line amounts that schools receive next year. This time, however, there could be repercussions before the state’s highest court…’

http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/16/03/21/legislature-s-action-prompts-demand-to-fully-fund-abbott-districts/

JOHN MOONEY | MARCH 22, 2016

 

Star Ledger--Did N.J. school mislead parents about PARCC tests?

HACKETTSTOWN — Lisa Strutin knows that New Jersey school districts are facing pressure to persuade students to participate in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers exams. 

But Strutin, the mother of a ninth-grader at Hackettstown High School, thinks her district's efforts went too far, she said. 

In what Strutin and another mother are calling a scare tactic, the school warned parents who plan to opt their children out of the state exams that those students would be ineligible to graduate, despite the fact that the statement isn't true.

It's the latest clash in the ongoing tug-of-war between New Jersey parents who don't want their students taking PARCC and schools that are trying to meet the test participation rate required by federal law. 

http://www.nj.com/education/2016/03/did_this_nj_school_mislead_parents_about_parcc.html#incart_most_shared-education

Adam Clark | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com |on March 21, 2016 at 8:36 AM, updatedMarch 21, 2016 8:37 AM

 

NJ SPOTLIGHT - PARENTS, ADVOCATES MEASURE HOW FAR DYSLEXIA EDUCATION HAS COME, STILL HAS TO GO…Speaking out about the progress that New Jersey schools have made in dealing with reading disorder  ‘A few years ago, a group of parents whose children have dyslexia started pushing for New Jersey to require public schools to step up the help they offered to students with the reading disorder.

Ultimately, the legislative process yielded three bills passed in 2013…Three years later, those parents and other advocates who joined the push are revisiting what they gained with the legislation and feeling pretty good about what has come from those laws, at least in spirit if not always in practice…’

http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/16/03/20/parents-advocates-measure-how-far-dyslexia-education-has-come-still-has-to-go/?utm_source=NJ+Spotlight++Master+List&utm_campaign=802f825cca-Daily_Digest2_5_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1d26f473a7-802f825cca-398607065

JOHN MOONEY | MARCH 21, 2016