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11-1-2018 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--S&P Notes Progress but Ranks NJ’s Among Worst-Funded Pension Systems

Report by credit-rating agency underlines immense long-term challenges to bringing New Jersey’s state pensions onto sound footing

New Jersey still has one of the nation’s worst-funded public-employee pension plans despite recent efforts to improve conditions using larger state contributions and other policy changes.

A new report from S&P Global, one of the top Wall Street credit-rating firms, tracks some incremental progress for New Jersey’s pension system but still ranks its funding ratio as second-to-last among all U.S. states.

https://www.njspotlight.com/stories/18/10/31/s-p-notes-progress-but-still-ranks-nj-among-worst-funded-public-pension-systems/

John Reitmeyer | November 1, 2018

 

 

The Record—College Application Essays That Stood Out

With high school seniors in the middle of college application season, we asked local colleges to share college application essays that hit the mark.

 

https://www.northjersey.com/story/news/education/2018/10/31/best-college-essays-admissions-counselors-give-tips/1751662002/

The Record| November 1, 2018

 

Philadelphia Inquirer--It’s not just Trump: Education a big issue in 2018. ‘No candidate wants to be seen as stingy’

Hot-button issues like immigration and guns might be commanding more attention, but in Pennsylvania and around the country, education has become an important issue.

http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/politics/elections/wolf-wagner-trump-education-funding-midterm-election-20181031.html

 Maddie Hanna, Updated: October 31, 2018- 1:21 PM

 

Chalkbeat--Anti-Semitism is on the rise in schools. After Pittsburgh, teachers grapple with a response.

At New York City’s Harvest Collegiate High School on Monday, social studies teacher Andy del Calvo did what educators often do: He adapted his lesson for the times. He shared news stories about the massacre of 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue and about last week’s shooting of two African-Americans at a Kentucky supermarket, and urged his students to think.   

Del Calvo hoped that examining America’s latest heartbreaking moments would give his students a chance to process their feelings, develop empathy for others, and spur them to act — maybe through raising money for victims or expressing themselves through art.

https://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/us/2018/10/29/anti-semitism-is-on-the-rise-in-schools-after-pittsburgh-shooting-teachers-grapple-with-a-response/

Francisco Vara-Orta, Eric Gorski, Shaina Cavazos, Melanie Asmar| October 30, 2018