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With the recent spate of violent bias-based crimes and other incidences of hatred based on perceived characteristics of individuals or groups, the Garden State Coalition of Schools wants to reaffirm our support of all those who advocate for the changes that will put an end to those expressions of hatred and promote increased understanding and peaceful resolution of conflict in our communities.
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Testimony on delayed learning from Rachel Goldberg, letter on cessation of SBYSP and more...'
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2-29-24 Educaiton in the News
NJ Spotlight--Murphy’s big budget proposal — increase school funding by more than $900M...' The Atlantic--The Black-History Books Teachers Hope Won’t Be Banned...'

NPR--The secret world behind school fundraisers and turning kids into salespeople...'

Education Week--Dartmouth and Yale Are Backtracking on ‘Test-Optional’ Admissions. Why That Matters...'

Education Dive--How do equitable grading practices affect expectations?...'

The Hechinger Report--An unexpected way to fight chronic absenteeism...'

2-28-24 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Murphy’s big budget proposal — increase school funding by more than $900M...' Philadelphia Inquirer—While pay for Pa. student teachers is coming, advocates say educator shortage needs more attendtion...'

Washington Post—Opinion: An ‘education legend’ has created an AI that will change your mind about AI...'

Education Week--Most Schools Have Early-Warning Systems. Some Kids Are Still Getting Lost...'

Chalkbeat--N.J. Gov. Phil Murphy’s 2025 budget proposal outlines plan to fully fund school aid formula...'

Education Dive--How can conflict resolution be embedded in classrooms?...'

2-27-24 Education in the News
Philadelphia Inquirer--While pay for Pa. student teachers is coming, advocates say educator shortage needs more attention...' MyCentralJersey.com--Westfield teen victimized by AI-generated nude images hires Hulk Hogan's sex tape lawyer...'

Insider NJ--Hitting the Books, or Just Banning Them...'

Wall Street Journal--Most Teachers Say Schools Should Teach That the Legacy of Slavery Persists...'

Education Week--Schools Prioritize Reading Intervention. But What About Math?...'

Edutopia--The Overlooked Qualities That Signal Future Success—and How to Nurture Them...'

The Hechinger Report--‘Simpler’ FAFSA complicates college plans for students, families...'

2-26-24 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Q&A: How to deal with student-aid application obstacles...' Star Ledger--Banning books is worse than kids having access to ‘offensive’ materials, most N.J. residents say...'

Star Ledger--Some parents furious over plan to allow 14-year-olds to seek mental health counseling...'

The Record--NJ bill would protect librarians from harassment amid push to ban books...'

NY Times—(Opinion): We Owe It to Nex Benedict to Do Better by Bullied Teens...'

Education Week--Bilingual Teachers Are in Short Supply. How 3 Districts Solved That Problem...'

Chalkbeat—Politicians love to talk abou race and LGBTQ issues in school. Teachers and teens, not so much...'

The Hechinger Report--PROOF POINTS: Controversies within the science of reading...'

2-23-24 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Move to lift cap on property taxes amid school funding pressures...' NJ Monitor--Panel OKs bill expanding minors’ access to mental health services without parental consent...'

NY Times--Support for Teaching Gender Identity in School Is Split, Even Among Democrats...'

Education Week--Teachers Say They Have Little Influence in Curriculum Debates...'

Education Dive--Multilingual teachers in short supply as newcomer needs grow...'

2-22-24 Education in the News
Philadelphia Inquirer--Deptford schools will disable Chromebooks at night to protect students’ sleep. The conversation is being held elsewhere, too...' NJ Monitor--Bill would allow more minors to access mental health services without parental OK...'

Education Week--High School Students Think They Are Ready for College. But They Aren’t...'

Education Dive--Ed Dept: Common medical conditions have disability protections...'

Edutopia--When Black History Meets Women’s History...'

2-21-24 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Buggy federal financial-aid app causes some NJ colleges to push back enrollment deadlines...' Philadelphia Inquirer—A battle over how to teach kids to read is playing out in Philly-area classrooms. Parents are losing trust...'

NPR--K-12 students learned a lot last year, but they're still missing too much school...'

Education Week--AI Is Common Thread Through the Big Challenges Schools Are Facing, New Report Says...'

Education Dive--How lockerless schools are shaping building design...'

2-20-24 Education in the News
Star Ledger--You’re locked out of your laptops after bedtime, N.J. school district tells kids...' Philadelphia Inquirer—Why parents and coaches of cancer-stricken athletes are worried about artificial turf...'

NY Times--Teachers Are Missing More School, and There Are Too Few Substitutes...'

Education Week--Most Superintendents Try to Avoid Politics. This Group Encourages Them to Lean In...'

Chalkbeat--Unaccompanied homeless youth are overlooked. A new book shows what it means to give them support...'

Education Dive--How HBCUs are building a stronger Black teacher pipeline...'

The Hechinger Report--PROOF POINTS: The chronic absenteeism puzzle...'

2-19-24 Education in the News
Philadelphia Inquirer--Philly educators are leaving at alarming rates. Here are 3 teachers’ stories...' NJ Monitor--Senate panel backs larger tax hikes in towns facing school aid cuts...'

NPR--FAFSA delays put pressure on overstretched school counselors...'

Education Week--School Dress Codes Often Target Girls. What Happens When Male Teachers Have to Enforce Them?...'

Chalkbeat--Newark youth vote in school board elections delayed to 2025. Advocates look to get teens ready for next year...'

2-16-24 Education in the News
MyCentralJersey.com--NJ has second-best schools in US, says educational resource report...' Washington Post—Teachers are limiting lessons on political, social issues, report finds...'

Wall Street Journal—AI Is Tutoring Students, but Still Struggles With Basic Math...'

Education Week--The Average U.S. School Building Dates Back to the End of the Vietnam War...'

Education Dive--Deepfakes heighten the need for media literacy in the age of AI...'

The Hechinger Report--COLUMN: The climate change lesson plans teachers need and don’t have...'

2-15-24 Education in the News
The Record--NJ mulls creating a new office to combat COVID learning loss. Here's what they'd do https://www.northjersey.com/story/news/education/2024/02/15/nj-mulls-czar-combat-covid-learning-loss/72597740007/
Mary Ann Koruth
   February 15, 2024

NJ Monitor--New bill targeting book censorship at libraries leads to partisan clash...'

Education Week--Substitute Teachers Need Support, Too. See How One State Is Helping...'

Chalkbeat--NYC sues TikTok, Instagram, and other social media companies over youth mental health crisis...'

The Hechinger Report--On paper, teens are thriving. In reality, they’re not...'

2-14-24 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Why doesn’t N.J. let kids take remote classes on snow days like NYC schools?...' NPR--Yet another FAFSA problem: many non-citizens can't fill it out...'

Education Week--ESSER Isn’t the Only School Funding Relief That’s Disappearing Soon...'

2-13-24 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Ruiz rolls out four bills targeting literacy rates, pandemic learning loss...' The Record--The SAT is going all digital in March. Here's what you need to know...'

InsiderNJ--Book Battle Explodes in Zwicker Versus Peterson Showdown...'

The Atlantic--Why Kids Aren’t Falling in Love With Reading...'

NPR--Teacher training programs don't always use research-backed reading methods...'

Education Week—Opinion:What I Wish I Knew About Teaching Black History Before I Left the Classroom...'

Education Dive--What does successful education reform look like?...'

The Hechinger Report--Schools are sending more kids to psychiatrists out of fears of campus violence, prompting concern from clinicians...'

2-12-24 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--In NJ schools, numbers of bullying and hate incidents are up...' NJ Spotlight--Ruiz: Schools’ learning loss strategy ‘hasn’t been working’...'

The Record--Why does the NJ Schools Development Authority face a budget shortfall in the billions?...'

Philadelphia Inquirer—Where are Philly’s teachers going? Here’s what new research on city educators leaving the profession says...'

Education Week--Cough? Sore Throat? More Schools Suggest Mildly Sick Kids Attend Anyway...'

Chalkbeat--This NYC teen wants therapy. Her mom isn’t so sure...'

The Hechinger Report--PROOF POINTS: Tracking student data falls short in combating absenteeism at school...'

2-9-24 Education in the News
The Record--Popular N.J. high school teacher becomes finalist for National Teacher of the Year...' InsiderNJ--Ruiz Introduces Education Bills Aimed to Help Bolster Student Literacy and Address Learning Loss...'

NY Times--Some Colleges Are Pivoting as FAFSA Delays Drag On...'

Washington Post—States bet big on career education, but struggle to show it works...'

Education Week--The NAEP Science Exam Is Getting a Major Update. Here’s What to Expect...'

2-8-24 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Teachers still in short supply despite DOE efforts to repopulate classrooms...' Education Week-Are We Thinking About Absenteeism Wrong? What It Takes to Keep Kids in School...'

Chalkbeat--Can you take algebra in eighth grade? In many cases, the answer is no, national survey finds...'

The Hechinger Report--OPINION: More states should require teaching kids how to read the news and spot what’s true and what’s not...'

2-7-24 Education in the News
Asbury Park Press--Will education commissioner resignation delay new Lakewood schools funding plan?...' NPR--The music teacher who just won a Grammy says it belongs to her students...'

Education Week--Jury Finds Michigan School Shooter’s Mother Guilty of Manslaughter...'

Education Dive--Historic settlement in California dedicates $2B for learning recovery...'

The Hechinger Report--How one district has diversified its advanced math classes — without the controversy...'

2-6-24 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--How many NJ students are still being taught virtually? No one seems to know...' NY Times--When the Biggest Student Mental Health Advocates Are the Students...'

Education Week--Using Technology for Students in Special Education: What the Feds Want Schools to Know...'

Education Dive--Enrollment takes slight turn up, but still lags behind pre-pandemic levels...'

The Hechinger Report--PROOF POINTS: Overscheduling kids’ lives causes depression and anxiety, study finds...'

2-5-24 Education in the news
WHYY News (via NJ Spotlight)--NJ group offering support to address rising suicide deaths among youth...' Philadelphia Inquirer—Cherry Hill was the first N.J. district to mandate a Black history class. Here’s how it is done...'

Asbury Park Press--Bullying incidents have quadrupled since 2018. Why can't schools do anything about it?...'

NPR--Meet 'Dr. Tatiana,' the professor getting people on TikTok excited about physics...'

Education Week--Do Immigrant Students Help the Academic Outcomes of U.S.-Born Peers? One Study Says Yes...'

The Hechinger Report--One school district’s ‘playbook’ for undoing far-right education policies...'

2-2-24 Education in the News
Star Ledger--Slow progress in N.J. schools recovering from the pandemic, national study says...' Wall Street Journal--Colleges Dropped the SAT and ACT. Here’s Why Many High Schools Didn’t...'

Education Week--School District Lawsuits Against Social Media Companies Are Piling Up...'

Chalkbeat--Many schools want to keep tutoring going when COVID money is gone. How will they pay for it?...'

Education Dive--House subcommittee seeks solutions for lagging academics, attendance...'

2-1-24 Education in the News
MyCentralJersey.com--'It's not for arousal, but education': North Hunterdon library book debate recommences...' Education Week--The Black History That Moves Us: A Resource List for Educators...'

Education Dive--Ballooning chronic absenteeism requires state intervention...'

Edutopia--Preparing Students With Disabilities for Life Beyond School...'

The Hechinger Report--How can we close the digital divide?...'

1-31-24 Education in the News
NY Times--Students Are Making a ‘Surprising’ Rebound From Pandemic Closures. But Some May Never Catch Up...' Education Week--Should Students Vote for School Boards? The Case for Lower Voting Ages in Local Elections...'

Education Dive--Hate crimes more than double at schools, FBI reports...'

1-30-24 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Murphy’s pick as education commissioner is DOE veteran...' NJ Spotlight--New look at how and when NJ teachers are evaluated...'

Asbury Park Press--Freehold Township schools closed after cyber attack; other schools are vulnerable...'

NY Times--Hate Crimes Reported in Schools Nearly Doubled Between 2018 and 2022...'

Education Week--State Outlines Guidance for Different Levels of AI Use in Classrooms...'

Chalkbeat--Newark residents outraged over removal of teen novel as board changes policy for controversial books...'

Education Dive--How 6 high schools reformed to improve post-pandemic outcomes...'

The Hechinger Report--OPINION: This cannot wait: We need concrete solutions to fight school shootings right now...'

1-29-24 Education in the News
NPR--A secret shelf of banned books thrives in a Texas school, under the nose of censors...' Education Week--Is Too Much Screen Time, Too Early, Hindering Reading Comprehension?...'

Chalkbeat--A visit to Auschwitz changed how I teach about the Holocaust...'

Education Dive--Education Department pushes principals, districts to spread gun storage awareness...'

Edutopia--Confronting an Epidemic of Drug Use in Schools...'

1-26-24 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Clamping down on book bans, harassment of librarians...' NPR--To help these school kids deal with trauma, mindfulness lessons over the loudspeaker...'

Education Week--Rx for Reading Gaps: Screen All Students Early for Vision Problems...'

Chalkbeat--A glitch blocks thousands of immigrant families from a new, simpler FAFSA. The fix is TBD...'

Education Dive--Why don’t students like math? Here are 3 reasons...'

Edutopia--Using Place-Based Learning to Celebrate Black History in Elementary School...'

1-25-24 Education in the News
NPR--Exclusive: The Education Department says it will fix its $1.8 billion FAFSA mistake...' Education Week--A Massive Data Leak Exposed School Lockdown Plans. What Districts Need to Know...'

Chalkbeat--Eric Adams says social media is a public health threat to students...'

Education Dive--NCES data sheds light on post-pandemic shifts for SROs, mental health resources...'

1-24-24 Education in the News
Washington Post—In reversal, Education Dept. to update income formula for latest FAFSA...' Education Week--What Will It Take to Align Teacher Prep to the Science of Reading? California Offers Clues...'

Education Dive--Do grow-your-own teacher initiatives need a tighter focus?...'

1-23-24 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--NJ high schoolers must soon fill out college-aid form to graduate...' NJ Spotlight--Can lawsuits end cyberbullying of schoolchildren?...'

The Record--How the pandemic made private online tutors a go-to for NJ's public schools...'

NY Times--Jury to Decide if Mother of Michigan School Shooter Is Guilty, Too...'

Education Week--Reading on Screens Worsens Comprehension for Younger Students. What Can Teachers Do?...'

Education Dive--Ed Dept outlines 3 inequities to address in 2024 educational technology plan...'

1-22-24 Education in the News
Philadelphia Inquirer--Bullying in N.J. schools has jumped to its highest level ever, state report finds...' New Jersey Monitor--Kids are flooded with social media and news. Some states want to help them question it...'

Education Week--New York Joins the ‘Science of Reading’ Movement, Offering Guidance—Not Mandates...'

Education Dive--Career and technical education faces obstacles to meet demand...'

Edutopia--Puberty Is Starting Earlier—Are Schools Keeping Up?...'

The Hechinger Report--PROOF POINTS: Two groups of scholars revive the debate over inquiry vs. direct instruction...'

1-19-24 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Murphy: School aid boost coming...' New Jersey Monitor--Kids are flooded with social media and news. Some states want to help them question it...'

Education Week--What Does It Mean to ‘Grow Your Own’ Teachers? It Depends...'

Chalkbeat--As states adopt science of reading, one group calls for better teacher training, curriculum...'

The Hechinger Report--How the anti-CRT push has unraveled local support for schools...'

1-18-24 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Two members join State Board of Ed, first since 2018...' Education Week--Reading Comprehension Challenges and Opportunities, in Charts...'

Chalkbeat--White House calls for focus on tutoring, summer school, absenteeism as pandemic aid winds down...'

Education Dive--Ed Dept issues updated ARP late liquidation guidance...'

1-17-24 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--NJ’s lame-duck rush is traditional. How problematic is it?...' MyCentralJersey.com--This new NJ law expands eligibility and access to free school meals...'

NY Times—Opinion--Don’t Ditch Standardized Tests. Fix Them...'

NPR--'Say Something' tip line in schools flags gun violence threats, study finds...'

Education Week--Supreme Court Declines to Hear School District’s Transgender Restroom Case...'

Education Dive--How 3 districts spent down their ARP money...'

1-16-24 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--NJ has some of weakest policies on effective reading instruction, report says...' Star Ledger--NJ bill requires high schoolers to apply for college aid to reduce unclaimed grant money...'

NY Times--Will Chatbots Teach Your Children?...'

Wall Street Journal—When Covid Hit, They Were in Diapers. So Why Are Kindergarteners Struggling?...'

Education Week--What Makes a Strong Early Reading Law? Not Everyone Agrees...'

The Hechinger Report--The magic pebble and a lazy bull: The book ban movement has a long timeline...'

1-12-24 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Funding boost for electric school buses, EV infrastructure...' Education Week--A Few Years Ago, 8 States Required Personal Finance Education. Now It’s Up to Half...'

Education Dive--Relationships matter in education, so why aren’t we better at prioritizing them?...'

1-11-24 Education in the News
MyCentralJersey.com--Murphy sets goals to boost NJ literacy in 2024, expand pre-K options...' New Jersey Monitor--New Jersey among states joining the new summer meal program for low-income kids...'

InsiderNJ--Newark Takes an ‘Historic’ Step with Voting Age Overhaul...'

Asbury Park Press--How private school students will gain from new busing legislation...'

NPR--The FAFSA rollout has been rough on students. The biggest problem is yet to come...'

Education Week--Teacher Preparation, Explained: Alternative Routes, Enrollment Trends, and More...'

Education Dive--Bullying is linked to school shootings. What do schools need to know?...'

1-10-23 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Full text: Read Gov. Murphy’s 2024 State of the State address Copy of speech provided by the Governor's Office...'

NJ Spotlight--Murphy to stress phonics-based reading in State of the State address...'

Education Week--As Enrollment Declines, Districts Consider Closing Schools...'

Chalkbeat--Gov. Phil Murphy to focus on phonics instruction in schools to improve reading levels among children...'

Education Dive--Concerns rise over long-term financial sustainability of school meals programs...'

1-9-24 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Lawmakers approve blizzard of bills on last day before new Legislature takes over...' The Record--Facing pushback, NJ legislators decide not to block online learning amid teacher shortage...'

NPR--The FAFSA rollout has been rough on students. The biggest problem is yet to come...'

Education Week--Flu and COVID-19 Are Surging. Here’s How Educators Feel About Masking Now...'

Education Dive--Special ed dispute resolution trends mostly return to pre-pandemic levels...'

1-8-24 Education in the News
Education Week--Emotional Intelligence and AI Together Can Help Lessen the Student Mental Health Crisis...' Edutopia--4 Time-Saving AI Tools for Teachers...'

The Hechinger Report--PROOF POINTS: Four lessons from post-pandemic tutoring research...'

1-5-24 Education in the News
Education Week--Answers to Educators’ Most Frequently Asked Questions About Artificial Intelligence...' Education Dive--Gunman kills 1 student, then himself at Iowa high school...'

Education Dive--Schools on guard against respiratory illnesses...'

1-4-24 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Murphy’s Board of Education nominees move forward...' NY Times--What to Know About the Science of Reading...'

Education Week--Reading Aloud to Students Shouldn’t Get Lost in Shift to ‘Science of Reading,’ Teachers Say...'

Chalkbeat--Gov. Hochul wants New York schools to embrace the ‘science of reading.’ Will they?...'

Education Dive--States, districts clarify special education rules for informal removals...'

1-3-23 Education in the News
NY Times—I Spent New Year’s Eve Trying to Do the FAFSA. It Didn’t Go Well. https://www.nytimes.com/2024/01/01/your-money/college-student-aid-fafsa.html
Ron Lieber   Jan. 1, 2024

Education Week--What 2024 Will Bring for K-12 Policy: 5 Issues to Watch...'

Chalkbeat—Education stories we’re watching in 2024...'

Education Dive--5 insights from top school administrators in 2023...'

1-2-24 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Portrait: Voicing the concerns of public school students-- Sixteen-year-old Nilanjana Ghosh is the student representative to the State Board of Education...' The Record--Education Law Center joins lawsuit alleging segregation in NJ's public schools...'

Asbury Park Press--Is AI reviewing your college applicaiton?...'

NY Times--How Do You Respond to a Young Person Upset by Racist Jokes at School?...'

Wall Street Journal--Education Activists Want to Revive School Integration. Just Don’t Call It Busing...'

Education Week--The ‘Science of Reading’ in 2023: 4 Important Developments...'

Education Dive--4 key school staffing solution themes that emerged in 2023...'

The Hechinger Report--PROOF POINTS: Two studies find scattergrams reduce applications to elite colleges...'

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