The following is an article from the Asbury Park Press, here is a link to the article:
Fourteen school districts in Monmouth and Ocean counties would lose nearly $89 million in state aid under an overhaul of the school funding formula being pushed by Gov. Chris Christie, according to a report released Monday by the Education Law Center.
The school districts that would lose the most money are also among the neediest in both counties: Asbury Park, Keansburg, Long Branch, Union Beach, Lakehurst, Pinelands Regional and Tuckerton, according to the Newark-based law center. Others that would lose money are Deal, Neptune, Roosevelt, Little Egg Harbor, Ocean Gate, Ocean Township (Waretown) and Plumsted.… Read the rest
The following is an article from NJSpotlight, here is a link to the article:
The number of students taking the controversial tests was also up in the second year of the standardized exams
Gov. Chris Christie’s press conference yesterday, billed as an “education announcement,” enabled Christie to use the Statehouse setting to celebrate the state’s latest PARCC scores.
Maybe intentionally, the hour-long session in the governor’s outer office quickly moved to national topics, including Christie weighing in — neutrally — on Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s now-infamous feud with the Muslim parents of an Army captain killed in Iraq.… Read the rest
TRENTON — Georgia and California recently ditched their high school graduation tests and began retroactively awarding diplomas to students who flunked them.
Pennsylvania shelved a new high school graduation test until at least 2019.
New Jersey, however, is moving ahead with plans to continue making students pass an exam in order to graduate, even though the national trend is shifting in the opposite direction and a majority of students who took the proposed test thus far didn’t make the grade.
In a move that would effectively make New Jersey a national outlier in education, the state Board of Education on Wednesday is expected to adopt the controversial PARCC exams as the sole test for earning a high school diplomabeginning in with the Class of 2021.… Read the rest
The following is an editorial from NJ.com, here is a link to the article:
It was one of the most depressing headlines we’ve read lately – and also one of the scariest.
“Who wants to be a teacher? Not many in N.J., study says.”
The accompanying story, summarizing findings from the ACT college entrance exam organization, noted that the number of high school students who want to become teachers is diminishing dramatically, both nationwide and in the Garden State.
Just 4 percent of nearly 2 million high school seniors who took the ACT last year said they hoped to enter the teaching field.… Read the rest
The following is an article from NJSpotlight.com. Here is a link to the article:
Senate president looks for some Republican support, says he’s willing to go around governor if necessary
When Senate President Steve Sweeney earlier this month proposed a new state commission to help solve New Jersey’s school-funding woes, it was the only viable plan on the table to address one of the state’s more complex and vexing issues.
But that all changed with a thump last week when Gov. Chris Christie came back with his “Fairness Formula,” a proposal to amend the state constitution to provide all school districts — rich or poor — the same state funding per pupil.… Read the rest