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3-1-19 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--Could Registry of Adverse Reactions to Vaccinations Separate Fear from Fact?

No parent wants to endanger their child, but anxiety about inoculations lingers despite scientific evidence to the contrary


Caren Chesler | March 1, 2019


NJ Spotlight--New Jersey’s Grassroots Reform Groups Coalesce into Loose Coalition

Groups that came together during the 2016 presidential elections or cut their political teeth on the state’s 2018 midterms are pushing on with reform agendas

Grassroot groups formed in response to the 2016 presidential election. Others came together to try to flip House seats, or to advocate for issues they thought would be imperiled by Trump and to get the word out about what is going on. And some are also working to get rid of Trump. But here's the bottom line: They're still at it, demanding change in New Jersey to deliver what they believe would be a more representative and just democracy.


Colleen O'Dea | March 1, 2019


Star Ledger--Career and Technical Education prepares our students for jobs that haven’t even been created yet, N.J. commissioner says

In the Garden State, hundreds of teachers, administrators, and school counselors involved in Career and Technical Education (CTE) serve more than 179,200 secondary and postsecondary students.

We at the New Jersey Department of Education join educators and students across the nation in celebrating Career and Technical Education Month® this February: highlighting the values of high-quality career-pathway programs in vocational, charter, traditional high schools that prepare students for postsecondary success.



Lamont O. Repollet| Star-Ledger Guest Columnist| Posted Feb 28, 6:33 PM


South Jersey Times (via NJ.com)--Need an N.J. patronage job? Try the quicker picker upper | Editorial

|Our previous editorial in October questioning the need for the New Jersey Schools Development Authority (SDA) prompted a sharp rebuke from its chief executive director, Lizzette Delgado-Polanco.

Delgado-Polanco wrote, in part, “We are not - as the editorial claimed - “the world’s best-paid nanny with the smallest scope of work,” or “a bloated patronage hut.”


South Jersey Times Editorial Board| Posted Feb 28, 7:46 AM


Associated Press (via Philadelphia Inquirer)--DeVos proposes federal tax credits to advance school choice

The Trump administration renewed its push for school choice on Thursday with a proposal to provide $5 billion a year in federal tax credits for to scholarships to send students to private schools, apprenticeships or other educational programs


COLLIN BINKLEYAP Education Writer, Updated: February 28, 2019- 4:30 PM



Asbury Park Press—Schools Across New Jersey Will Fight State Aid Cuts in Trenton

School officials in Brick, Toms River and other districts across New Jersey will protest in Trenton next week, to fight for more state aid.


Amanda Oglesby| March 1, 2019


New York Times--Where Camels, Goats and Pigs Do the Teaching

Green Chimneys, a school on a farm outside of New York City, is in the vanguard of using animals to help special-needs children learn.

 Eight-year-old Xander DeLeon could not have been more surprised if he had walked up the gangplank into Noah’s ark.

There were camels in pasture, a gigantic wingless emu, shrieking peacocks on the dirt paths, a pen stocked with miniature horses and donkeys. There were owls, falcons and an Andean condor with a 10-foot wingspan, as well as every conceivable breed of farm animal housed in the barns, cages and outdoor enclosures that dotted the campus of what might be his new school.


Richard Schiffman| March 1, 2019