Fine Print: Assembly May Be Close To Making Decision On School-Recess Bill

November 30, 2015

The following is a an article from NJSpotlight, here is link to the article:

Lower chamber nears final vote on measure that would mandate 20 minutes minimum of recess in elementary school

What it is: A bill approved by the Senate and progressing in the Assembly this winter would require all students in kindergarten to fifth grade to have at least 20 minutes a day of recess. The bill leaves some discretion to schools as to whether recess is held indoors or outdoors, and to address extraordinary circumstances.

Sponsors: State Sen. Shirley Turner is the prime sponsor in the Senate; its main sponsors in the Assembly are Assemblymen Erik Peterson, Joseph Lagana, and David Rible and Assemblywoman Mila Jasey.… Read the rest

School District Hosts College And Career Ready Symposium

November 24, 2015

The following is an article from the AsburyParkSun, here is a link to the article:

Steve Perry, Mikki Taylor, & Deborah Tillman Join Discussion

Experts, both local and those that are a part of the national landscape, will join in a week long symposium aimed at widening the job and educational opportunities for Asbury Park’s students, according to a news release.

Presented by the school district’s College and Career Readiness Institute, the ‘Saving Our Students’ symposium kicks Monday and runs through Dec. 4 at the Asbury Park High School.

The culminating event will be a 6 p.m. panel discussion Dec.… Read the rest

New Law Being Hashed Out By D.C. Lawmakers May Have Big Impact On NJ Schools

November 22, 2015

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Replacement for No Child Left Behind Act would give states more leeway in determining standards and developing own

The No Child Left Behind Act, the 14-year-old federal law that spawned tough testing and tougher questions for the nation’s public schools, is likely soon to be, well, left behind.

While details of what will replace that law remain in flux, as Congress continues to deliberate, the implications for New Jersey and other states are starting to emerge.

Congressional negotiators yesterday agreed to a new “framework” for legislation that would replace NCLB and its many requirements.… Read the rest

PARCC’s Next Showing Will Be To New Jersey’s Families And Students

November 20, 2015

The following is a an article from NJSpotlight, here is link to the article:

Districts around NJ could receive results for kids in high school within next few days

New Jersey families could start to receive their children’s scores on the new exams as soon as this week or next, as the administration continues the slow rollout of the results of the controversial exam.

The state Department of Education this week alerted districts that it will be sending them the “Individual Student Reports” for every tested child, starting this week. Those reports are then to be mailed to the families, although there is no prescribed timeframe as to when that must happen.… Read the rest

NJ’s Decision To Stick With PARCC Puts It Among Small Minority Of States

November 17, 2015

The following is a an article from NJSpotlight, here is link to the article:

According to a new report, only seven states are using to evaluate students in 2015-2016, as more states go their own way

As arguments over the state’s participation in PARCC rage on, it appears as if New Jersey’s reliance on the standardized tests is making it increasingly isolated.

New Jersey is now just one of seven states, along with Washington, D.C., that is slated to give at least some version of the PARCC language arts and math in the 2015-2016 school year, according to a new state-by-state survey conducted by the Education Commission of the States, a Colorado-based policy organization.… Read the rest

Candidate Christie’s Signing Of School-testing Bills Continues Shift In Views

November 16, 2015

The following is a an article from NJSpotlight, here is link to the article:

After his earlier endorsement of Common Core, support of new legislation reflects further move to GOP’s right

As he campaigns for the GOP presidential nomination, Gov. Chris has lately kept people guessing about his views on education issues.

Yesterday, he added to the unpredictability as he signed two bills pertaining to state that he once would have been unlikely to endorse.

One bill bars any commercially developed standardized testing in grades kindergarten to second grade, a restriction pressed by testing critics.

The second bill was similarly a win for the New Jersey’s opt-out movement, barring the state from exacting any financial penalties on public schools with high numbers of students refusing to participate in state testing.… Read the rest

Democratic Challengers Win Assembly Seats

November 09, 2015

The following is an article from The Coaster, here is a link to the article:

Eric Houghtaling, a member of the Neptune Township Committee, and Joann Downey, a lawyer from Freehold Township who has never held elected office, have won the two 11th District state Assembly seats.

They defeated Republican incumbents Mary Pat Angelini of Ocean Township and Caroline Casagrande of Colts Neck Township in the Tuesday, Nov. 3, General election.

The unofficial votes were Houghtaling, 13,727; Downey, 13,452; Angelini, 13,287; and Casagrande, 13,063. The votes include machine and absentee ballot totals, but not provisional ballots.

“Eric and I are both excited about going to , helping people of the 11th District make their lives better,” said Downey, 49, a lawyer in private practice who is a former state deputy attorney general.… Read the rest

N.J. To Require More Classroom Time For Student Teachers

November 06, 2015

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TRENTON — New state rules will require aspiring New Jersey teachers to spend more time in the classroom, including exposure to a special education setting, before they can earn their certification.

Student teachers, currently required to complete one semester teaching full-time, will need to complete an additional 175 hours of clinical experience beginning in 2018-19, according to regulations approved Wednesday by the state Board of Education.

The changes come after months of discussions between state Department of Education officials and New Jersey college officials — and despite complaints that the time requirements could be too demanding for college students.… Read the rest

Teacher Leader Law An Important Step Toward Taking Back The Profession

November 05, 2015

The following is a release from .org, here is a link:

On its surface, a new state law that creates a teacher leader endorsement to the instructional certificate may not seem like a big deal. But to a profession beleaguered by a misguided accountability movement and victimized by corporate education reform, New Jersey P.L.2015, c.111. could be a very, very big deal. In fact, it is a critical step toward returning teachers to an exalted position in our schools.

The law’s potential exists within the 11-member advisory board it created. By the start of the 2016-17 school year, the board must recommend the program of study for the teacher leader endorsement.… Read the rest