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NJ Spotlight--Refining and Revising Anti-Bullying Law Easier Said Than Done

One of the more unpopular changes would give school principals the discretion to decide what constitute bullying and what is just bad behavior

Five years after the state enacted its controversial anti-bullying law, the long process of fine tuning the legislation continues. Perhaps understandably, the arguments and counterarguments that endeavor has sparked off are reminiscent of the sometimes-heated debates that greeted the original measure.

The state Board of Education this week begins taking testimony on a set of proposed regulatory changes, including one that would give principals authority to decide whether a fight or other incident should be investigated as bullying, or instead handled internally under a school’s code of conduct.


Meir Rinde | May 3, 2016


NJ Spotlight--State’s 3,000 Public Schools to Begin Testing for Lead in Water

Gov. Chris Christie’s directive puts start date for testing this coming September

With an increasing number of New Jersey schools detecting lead in their water, Gov. Chris Christie yesterday ordered all of the state’s 3,000 public schools to begin testing their water for the contaminant, starting next September. (The directive does not apply to private or parochial schools.)

In issuing the directive, the governor also urged the Legislature to include $10 million in next year’s state budget to pay for the testing program, as well as requiring districts to notify parents when unsafe levels of lead are found in their systems.

Perhaps most importantly, Christie lowered the standard the state uses for identifying children at risk of lead poisoning to the level recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a more stringent criterion that better protects those most vulnerable to exposure.


Tom Johnson | May 3, 2016

Star Ledger--N.J. wants to know if school should start after 8:30 a.m.

TRENTON — New Jersey is considering the potential benefits of pushing back school start times, and the state Department of Education wants to hear what teachers, parents and students think. 

The state is holding a series of public hearings this week, beginning Monday, and accepting online comments until May 20. 

The comments will be incorporated into a report the Department of Education will submit to Gov. Chris Christie and the state Legislature recommending whether to establish a pilot program to test later school start times.


Adam Clark | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com| on May 02, 2016 at 8:58 AM, updated May 02, 2016 at 11:03 AM

Education Week--Since 2013, more than 5,000 migrant children placed in NJ

TRENTON, N.J.— The federal government has placed more than 5,000 migrant children from Central America with adult sponsors in New Jersey since the fall of 2013, where they are expected to attend school while they seek legal status in immigration court.

America's schools remain one of the few government institutions where migrant youths are guaranteed services, but the federal government has extended little money or oversight to monitor whether that happens, in part because schools are locally governed.


Associated Press| May 2, 2016