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GSCS Statement Condemning Violence Motivated by Race, Ethnicity or Sexual Orientation
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.
Latest Testimonies and Letters
Testimony on delayed learning from Rachel Goldberg, letter on cessation of SBYSP and more...'
Virtual and In-Person Meeting Calendar for 2023-2024
All Meetings, starting in September 2021...'
GSCS Critical Issues
5-24-24 Education in the News
Star Ledger--N.J. school district slashes 39 teachers, staff due to ‘catastrophic’ funding cuts...' Education Week--When Schools Want to Ban Cellphones—But Parents Stand in the Way...'

Education Dive--Roughly 25% of teachers see more harm than good in using AI in K-12...'

The Hechinger Report--Four cities of FAFSA chaos: Students tell how they grappled with the mess, stress...'

5-23-24 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Op-Ed: Recognizing the value of school libraries and librarians...' Star Ledger--N.J.’s largest school district adding 7K security cameras powered by AI...'

Education Week--Black Teachers Have the Highest Morale. Why?...'

Education Dive--School districts join challenges against Title IX rule...'

The Hechinger Report--New superintendents need ‘a fighting chance for success’...'

5-21-24 Education in the News
NJ Monitor--Measure ending basic skills tests for teachers goes to governor’s desk...' NY Times--How Free School Meals Went Mainstream...'

Education Week--Teachers’ Unions Are Starting Teacher-Prep Programs. Here’s What to Know...'

Education Dive--Corps of ‘near-peers’ to help schools address youth mental health struggles...'

5-20-24 Education in the News
MyCentralJersey.com--It's good news for Central Jersey school districts hit hard by state aid cuts...' Asbury Park Press--Which Jersey Shore schools called police the most?...'

NPR--These teens were missing too much school. Here's what it took to get them back...'

Education Week--How a DEI Rebrand Is Playing Out in K-12 Schools...'

Education Dive--‘It’s cool to be in school’: Educators stress the importance of attendance...'

The Hechinger Report--PROOF POINTS: AI essay grading is already as ‘good as an overburdened’ teacher, but researchers say it needs more work...'

5-17-24 Education in the News
Chalkbeat (via NJ Spotlight)--Newark Public Schools considers new AI tutor chatbot for districtwide use...' Education Week--One School Leader Banned Cellphones, the Other Embraced Them. What Worked?...'

Chalkbeat--Study finds segregation increasing in large districts — and school choice is a factor...'

Education Dive--Summer programming cuts expected despite need for expansion...'

5-16-24 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Op-Ed: A caution against rushing to change how NJ teaches children how to read...' Education Week--District Can Deny Opt-Outs on LGBTQ+ Books, Court Rules...'

Chalkbeat--Read Thurgood Marshall’s powerful argument in Brown v. Board...'

Education Dive--Schools, police tell students to cease ‘senior assassins’ game...'

5-15-24 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--After cuts, some schools set to see more state aid...' NJ Spotlight--No curriculum yet for media literacy education in NJ...'

NY Times--Antisemitism Accusations Against Staff Pose Dilemma for School Leaders...'

NPR--Why children with disabilities are missing school and losing skills...'

Education Week--Teachers Want Parents to Step Up to Curb Cellphone Misuse. Are They Ready?...'

5-14-24 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Cuts in state aid to school districts could soon be rolled back...' Education Week--How K-12 Leaders Can Better Manage Divisive Curriculum and Culture War Debates...'

Chalkbeat--The 12 Black women behind Brown v. Board often go unrecognized. A new exhibit aims to change that...'

Education Dive--Rapid guessing on tests increases after lunch, study finds...'

The Hechinger Report--To engage students in math, educators try connecting it to their culture...'

5-13-24 Education in the News
NPR--Why writing by hand beats typing for thinking and learning...' Education Week--Retention Is the Missing Ingredient in Special Education Staffing...'

Chalkbeat--To engage students in math, educators try connecting it to their culture...'

Education Dive--Schools face diminished capacity to meet student mental health needs...'

Edutopia--José Vilson: Good Math Education Is a ‘Civil Right’...'

The Hechinger Report--7 realities for Black students in America, 70 years after Brown...'

5-10-24 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Community colleges plead for rethink of budget cuts...' Asbury Park Press--'These are kids. It's heartbreaking': Will NJ schools be forced to cut hundreds of jobs?...'

Education Week--The Complex Factors Affecting English-Learner Graduation Rates...'

Chalkbeat--How the ‘Southlake Playbook’ brought partisan battles to America’s school boards...'

Education Dive--GOP lawmakers call for staff, teacher firings in antisemitic incidents...'

5-9-24 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--NJ college enrollments still dogged by financial aid-form mess...' Philadelphia Inquirer—How bad is PA’s teacher shortage? A new report details the scope of a ‘pretty dire crisis’...'

Asbury Park Press--New Jersey scores high in education, according to US News and World Report...'

NY Times--How Public School Leaders Upstaged Republicans and the Ivy League...'

Education Week--What the Parents’ Rights Movement Forced Schools to Do...'

Education Dive--Cardona pushes for more OCR funding given increased caseload...'

5-8-24 Education in the News
Education Week--Average Teacher Pay Passes $70K. How Much Is It in Your State?...' Education Week--Social Media Bans Alone Won’t Improve Mental Health, Say Student Advocates...'

Education Dive--Public school spending rose, while revenues fell during pandemic...'

The Hechinger Report--‘I can be mom and teacher’: Schools tackle child care needs to keep staff in classrooms...'

5-7-24 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Lawmakers push to help school districts facing reductions in state aid...' The Record--How do teacher salaries in New Jersey compare with other states? See the list...'

Philadelphia Inquirer—Nearly 4,000 student teachers applied for stipends, but PA only has money to pay 700...'

The Atlantic--When Conservative Parents Revolt...'

Education Week--Classical Education Is Taking Off. What’s the Appeal?...'

Chalkbeat--Study finds segregation increasing in large districts — and school choice is a factor...'

Education Dive--How can schools prepare for Title II digital accessibility requirements?...'

5-6-24 Education in the News
NY Times--Are We Talking Too Much About Mental Health?...' MyCentralJersey.com--Study to recommend whether five Central Jersey school districts should regionalize...'

Wall Street Journal--The Committee That Felled University Presidents Turns Its Focus to High Schools...'

The Atlantic--Is It Wrong to Tell Kids to Apologize?...'

Education Week--Let’s Not Oversimplify Students’ Cellphone Use...'

Education Dive--Net neutrality is back. What does that mean for schools?...'

The Hechinger Report--PROOF POINTS: 5 takeaways about segregation 70 years after the Brown decision...'

5-3-24 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--The Change Talks: Literacy issues...' Education Week--Arming Teachers Could Cause ‘Accidents and More Tragedy,’ Miguel Cardona Says...'

Chalkbeat--Science teachers, math teachers, history teachers — we’re all reading teachers now...'

Education Dive--Title IX lawsuits escalate: 15 states now suing...'

The Hechinger Report--Universities and colleges search for ways to reverse the decline in the ranks of male students...'

5-2-24 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Officials say fixing overcrowded, aging NJ schools requires billions...' Education Week--Teachers Are Still Teaching Older Students Basic Reading Skills, Survey Finds...'

Chalkbeat--LGBTQ students wonder what’s next as conservative states seek to block new Title IX rules...'

Education Dive--A Missouri registered apprenticeship program helps fill special education teaching vacancies...'

5-1-24 Education in the News
Education Week--Should Working With Families Be a Core Skill for Teachers?...' Chalkbeat/NJ Spotlight--New Jersey school librarians want to partner with teachers to improve literacy rates...'

Education Dive--FAFSA, college protests dominate hearing on proposed FY25 education budget...'

The Hechinger Report--As more youth struggle with behavior and traditional supports fall short, clinicians are partnering with lawyers to help...'

4-30-24 Education in the News
Star Ledger--Raising test scores will be Newark’s top priority, school board prez says...' Education Week--The Good (and the Bad) of Using Apps to Connect With Parents...'

The Hechinger Report (via Chalkbeat)--As more youth struggle with behavior, clinicians are partnering with lawyers to help...'

Education Dive--Title IX final rule draws vociferous challenges and support...'

Edutopia--How to Address School Avoidance...'

4-29-24 Education in the News
NJSpotlight--School librarians on the literacy front lines...' NJ Monitor--Groups urge school districts to reinstate policy on transgender students...'

NY Times--Children and Museums: You Can’t Start Early Enough...'

Education Week--Oral History Offers a Model for How Schools Can Introduce Students to Complex Topics...'

Edutopia--Addressing Work Refusal in the Classroom...'

The Hechinger Report--PROOF POINTS: Many high school math teachers cobble together their own instructional materials from the internet and elsewhere, a survey finds...'

4-26-24 Education in the News
Education Week--A Deep Dive Into TikTok’s Sketchy Mental Health Advice...' Education Week--AI Do’s and Don’ts for Teachers (Downloadable)...'

Education Dive--USDA issues final rule on updated school meal nutrition standards...'

The Hechinger Report--Schools were just supposed to block porn. Instead they sabotaged homework and censored suicide prevention sites...'

4-25-24 Education in the News
Star Ledger--1 in 5 Newark youths is ‘disconnected’ from work and school, report says...' NPR--Many in Gen Z ditch colleges for trade schools. Meet the 'toolbelt generation'...'

Education Week--Biden Signs TikTok Ban Into Law. What That Means for Schools...'

Education Dive--Percentage of students with autism on the rise...'

The Hechinger Report--Are two teachers better than one? More schools say yes to team teaching...'

4-24-24 Education in the News
Star Ledger--N.J. school funding winners and losers: See how your district fared under new plan...' Education Week--How Much Educators Say They Use Suspensions, Expulsions, and Restorative Justice...'

Chalkbeat--Bill to let some teachers and school employees carry guns heads to Tennessee governor’s desk, despite protests...'

4-23-24 Education in the News
Education Week--Here’s What Teachers Think Their Salaries Should Be...' Education Dive--A look at 13 years of Title IX policy in public schools...'

The Hechinger Report--PROOF POINTS: Stanford’s Jo Boaler talks about her new book ‘MATH-ish’ and takes on her critics...'

4-22-24 Education in the News
Philadelphia Inquirer--Retirees are choosing teaching as a second career, filling classroom shortages. Here are three of their stories...' NY Times--Spurred by Teen Girls, States Move to Ban Deepfake Nudes...'

NPR--Biden administration adds Title IX protections for LGBTQ students, assault victims...'

Education Dive--Student challenges outside the classroom pose biggest obstacle for educators worldwide...'

4-19-24 Education in the News
N.J. schools can’t find bus drivers. This new bill could help, lawmakers say...' NJ Monitor--Biden administration to roll back the Betsy DeVos Title IX rules...'

The Columbine-Killers Fan Club...'

NPR--Where gun violence is common, some students say physical safety is a top concern...'

Education Week--Cellphones and Beyond: Teachers’ Ideas on What’s Hindering Learning...'

The Hechinger Report--Reporter’s Notebook: Even the ‘father of IQ tests’ thought the results weren’t written in stone...'

4-18-24 Education in the News
Star Ledger--The death of handwriting?...' NJ Monitor--Support grows for ranked-choice voting in municipal, school board elections...'

Washington Post—Red states threaten librarians with prison—as blue states fight to protect them...'

Education Week--How Columbine Shaped 25 Years of School Safety...'

Chalkbeat--Half of new state spending on preschool was backed by COVID aid last year, new report finds...'

Education Dive--What data from 4 states says about teacher shortages...'

4-17-24 Education in the News
Education Dive--92% of school leaders concerned about academic recovery, NCES survey says...' Education Week--A Classroom Management Training Helps New Teachers Send Fewer Kids to the Office...'

The Hechinger Report--Eliminating advanced math ‘tracks’ often prompts outrage. Some districts buck the trend...'

4-16-24 Education in the News
NJ Monitor--Assembly approves bill to help school districts facing state aid cuts...' Wall Street Journal--Suit Challenging Iowa’s Book Ban Is Backed by Every Major Publisher...'

The Atlantic--How Administration Messed Up FAFSA...'

Education Week--‘A Universal Prevention Measure’ That Boosts Attendance and Improves Behavior...'

Chalkbeat--It’s time to pay student teachers...'

Education Dive--How much are students using AI in their writing?...'

4-15-24 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--How to best teach reading: A few strategies that stand out for NJ schools...' NJ Spotlight--Anatomy of a reading lesson: Inside a second grade classroom...'

Education Week--What This School Used as the Main Ingredient for a Positive Climate...'

Education Dive--School librarians targeted in new wave of censorship legislation...'

The Hechinger Report--PROOF POINTS: Four things a mountain of school discipline records taught us...'

4-12-24 Education in the News
NY Times--Harvard and Caltech Will Require Test Scores for Admission...' Education Week--Lazy? Anxious? Overlooked? Teachers Sound Off on Unmotivated Students...'

Chalkbeat--Majority of American teachers worry about shootings at their schools, survey shows...'

Education Dive--‘Crisis of credibility’: FAFSA rollout panned during congressional hearing...'

4-11-24 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Pledge made to reexamine school funding formula with legislative input...' Star Ledger--Charter classification, girls ice hockey to find out fate at NJSIAA’s annual meeting...'

The Record--NJ education officials say more resources could help SDA, learning loss...'

NY Times--A Principal Confronted a Teenage Girl. He Could Face 10 Years in Prison...'

NPR--Consumer Reports asks USDA to remove Lunchables from schools' lunch menus...'

Education Week--Putting the Freak-out Over Social Media and Kids’ Mental Health in Historical Context...'

Education Dive--Some states move to curb book bans...'

Edutopia--4 Ways to Support Partnerships With Families...'

The Hechinger Report--How AI could transform the way schools test kids...'

4-10-24 Education in the News
Philadelphia Inquirer—N.J. lawmakers are scramling to save 140 school districts as massive budget cuts loom...' NY Times--Parents of Michigan School Shooter Sentenced to 10 to 15 Years in Prison...'

Education Week--The Biggest Policy Challenges Schools Are Facing Right Now...'

Chalkbeat--Think tank lays out plan to deny free education to undocumented students...'

Edutopia--Meeting Students’ Needs for Emotional Suppor...'

4-9-24 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--‘School choice’ bill revs up voucher debate School advocates say the bill is another attempt at school voucher program in NJ...'

Star Ledger--These 100+ N.J. school districts could get back money lost in budget cuts under new plan...'

Washington Post--America has legislated itself into competing red, blue versions of education...'

Education Week--Stop Saying ‘These Kids Don’t Care About School’...'

Education Dive--How will ESSER fiscal cliffs drive school district budget cuts?...'

The Hechinger Report--Authors and companies that pushed flawed reading method fight back...'

4-8-24 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--High school graduation rate rose in NJ last year...' NJ Monitor--Lawmakers aim to help school districts facing state aid cuts...'

Washington Post--How does your school perform? Virginia moves toward new school ratings...'

The Atlantic--The One Big Thing You Can Do for Your Kids...'

NPR--Indiana lawmakers ban cellphones in class. Now it's up to schools to figure out how...'

Education Week--Inconsistent Sleep Patterns in High School Linked to Academic Struggles...'

Chalkbeat--A bungled FAFSA rollout threatens students’ college ambitions...'

Education Dive--Special education population rose 2% between 2020 and 2021...'

4-3-24 Education in the News
InsiderNJ—Press Release: (Vouchers) The following is an open letter to Governor Phil Murphy, Senate President Nick Scutari, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin and the entire state Legislature...' The Atlantic--If Teenage Girls Ran America...'

Education Week--What’s Missing From States’ Reading Laws? The Role of Content Knowledge...'

Chalkbeat--Banned books make up the sophomore English curriculum at this NYC high school...'

Education Dive--As teacher use of AI detection grows, discipline guidance a mixed bag...'

The Hechinger Report--Hechinger’s school discipline project: How we did it...'

4-2-24 Education in the News
Star Ledger--HS flag football shows amazing growth, but lots to do before 2026...' Asbury Park Press--State claims Lakewood school aid is fine, blames district for money woes...'

The Atlantic--Colleges Are Facing an Enrollment Nightmare...'

Education Week--Can SEL Help Students Curb Their Own Cellphone Use?...'

Education Dive--Federal coordinating council formed to support K-12 cybersecurity...'

The Hechinger Report--Young children misbehave. Some are suspended for acting their age...'

4-1-24 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Education Department is urged to examine underlying assumptions of school funding...' The Record--Viewing glasses, watch parties: Is your child's NJ school ready for the eclipse?...'

NY Times--Elite College Admissions Have Turned Students Into Brands...'

Education Week--The Top 10 Bad Outcomes of Social Media Use, According to Students...'

Education Dive--The 6-month countdown to the end of ESSER begins...'

The Hechinger report--Vague school rules at the root of millions of student suspensions...'

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