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NJ Spotlight--Opinion: New Jersey’s Short-Term Fiscal Fixes Mean Long-Term Disaster

The ‘Sweeney commission’ has shown that one-shots and other revenue gimmicks can only lead to trouble, but will the pols and the public unions give them up?


Carl Golden | September 6, 2018



Trenton Times--Trump wants to kick kids out of school. There's a better way to discipline them | Editorial

There was a time, not so long ago, when teachers believed whipping unruly children was perfectly acceptable.

Parents often supported this outdated thinking, arguing that they'd endured the same punishments (or worse), and look how well they'd turned out.

Today we recognize that approach for what it is: savage and cruel.


Times of Trenton Editorial Board| Updated Sep 5, 7:01 PM; Posted Sep 5, 7:01 PM



Star Ledger--Armed guards, panic buttons. A look at the increased security in N.J. schools this year.

Over the past eight months, school safety and security has been almost a constant conversation for schools around the country. In the wake of the tragic Parkland, Florida school shooting, many districts have made a significant effort to reevaluate their safety protocols and procedures. 

In New Jersey, school districts and public officials have been debating the best methods to keep students, staff and community members safe. 


Craig Turpin | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, Olivia Rizzo | NJ Advance Media| Posted September 05, 2018 at 08:35 AM | Updated September 05, 2018 at 10:23 AM



Star Ledger--Why N.J. students dominate the U.S. in learning foreign languages

Bonjour! Salaam! Ni hao! Guten tag! Namaste! Konnichiwa! Merhaba!

If your child goes to a New Jersey school, chances are they will know the meaning of at least some of those words.

New Jersey, known for its strong education system, has a highest number of K-12 students learning a foreign language in school, according to a report by the American Councils for International Education. Compared to other states, we're off the charts.


Disha Raychaudhuri, draychaudhuri@njadvancemedia.com| Updated Sep 5, 7:46 AM; Posted Sep 5, 7:46 AM


The Record-- NJ schools: 7 big changes for the new school year

7 changes to expect in the 2018-19 school year For 1.4 million New Jersey students who return to classrooms this fall — and their families — the new school year will bring significant changes that impact testing, tax bills and safety regulations. 


Hannan Adely, North Jersey Record Published 6:20 a.m. ET Aug. 30, 2018 | Updated 4:45 p.m. ET Sept. 3, 2018


Asbury Park Press--Back to School: How much should NJ schools spend on security? Voters will decide

Some Jersey Shore schools will ask voters to pay for cops in schools or new security upgrades. Here's what you should know.

The morning after 17 students and staff members were shot to death at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the losses reverberated in Brick. School officials, the township mayor and police officials — worried about protecting Brick's roughly 8,600 students — met in town hall to construct a new security plan.


Amanda Oglesby, Asbury Park Press Published 5:00 a.m. ET Sept. 5, 2018 | Updated 9:01 a.m. ET Sept. 5, 2018


NY Times--Raising Student Performance the Right Way

Can Good Teaching Be Taught?

Cynthia Gunner is not easily daunted, but on an October afternoon in 2016, she was feeling especially discouraged. Gunner, 47, is a career educator who has worked for the Atlanta Public Schools for nearly 20 years, always in segregated neighborhood schools that primarily serve low-income students on the city’s predominantly black southwest side.


By Sara Mosle, Sept. 6, 2018


Washington Post--The education of Betsy DeVos: Why her school choice agenda has not advanced

The many controversies of Betsy DeVos

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos came to Washington to promote the cause of her life — school choice. Republicans controlled both the House and Senate. President Trump had promised a $20 billion program.

But more than a year and a half later, the federal push is all but dead.


Laura Meckler| September 4


Education Week--5 Big Tech Trends Worth Watching This School Year

Sure, there will be new apps, devices, and gadgets in schools across the country this year. But deeper forces are also at work: Dozens of states are in the midst of adding an entirely new academic discipline, computer science. Sensing schools' safety fears and the possibility of a new market, security companies are making a strong push to get into K-12.



Benjamin Herold| September 4, 2018