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11-19-18 Education in the News

Star Ledger--N.J. kids stranded in schools, on buses late into the night in snowstorm chaos

UPDATE:Snowstorm turned this N.J. middle school into giant sleepover for hundreds of students

It was the school day that would not end for children around New Jersey Thursday as many students were stranded at school or stuck in buses well after dark as a snowstorm crippled the state's roads and rails.


Kelly Heyboer| Updated Nov 16; Posted Nov 15

NY Times--Voters Widely Support Public Schools. So Why Is It So Hard to Pay for Them?

If it were going to happen any year, it should have been this one. After a wave of teacher walkouts fired up people on both sides of the party line, the time seemed ripe for big investments in public schools.

In reality, the results for school funding after the midterm elections last week were mixed, and illustrate a paradox in how Americans view education.


Dana Goldstein| Nov. 14, 2018

The Atlantic--The Fleeting Magic of Scholastic Book Fairs

Years later, many adults still pine for the days their school libraries, auditoriums, and gyms transformed into pop-up bookstores.

In the early 1980s, the world of school book fairs was a highly competitive and very secretive industry, according to a New York Times article at the time. The fairs numbered in the thousands and spanned the United States. They were put on by a mix of organizers: A few national corporations, about 25 to 30 regional companies, and assorted bookstores.


Marina Koren| The Atlantic| Nov 16, 2018

NPR--Inside The Business Of School Security To Stop Active Shooters

School shootings have taken a terrible human toll. They have also been a boon to the business of security technology.

Over the summer, Washington Post reporter John Woodrow Cox saw an array of items on display at an expo in Orlando, Fla. He and fellow reporter Steven Rich went on to investigate whether any of the technology being promoted and sold really helps save lives.

When he went to the expo in July, Cox says there were people pitching just about anything they could think of that might make schools safer in the event of a shooting.


Lakshmi Singh| November 17, 20187:04 PM ET