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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Uncommon Success

Education Next – Peter Meyer

“There is no doubt that Uncommon Schools has given thousands of low-income students throughout the Northeast great options since the charter management organization (CMO) was created by Norman Atkins in 2005.”(more)

Friday, January 31, 2014

New Jersey Adds Arts to School-Performance Reports

Education Week – Liana Heitin

“New Jersey now includes metrics about arts education in its annual school reports—and education officials there say that makes it the first state to do so…”This is a big step forward since it sends a strong signal about the importance of the arts as part of the basic education for all students…”"(more)

Monday, January 27, 2014

Lessons for de Blasio in New Jersey’s Free Pre-K

The New York Times – JAVIER C. HERNÁNDEZ

“Officials across the country, including Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York, are looking to efforts like those in New Jersey as they seek to broaden access to free, full-day prekindergarten. President Obama embraced the policy last year, and politicians in several states, including Maryland, Texas and Washington, are considering ambitious expansions.”(more)

Saturday, January 11, 2014

The Horror and Hope of Camden

Education Next – Andy Smarick

“In a state with deeply troubled urban districts—Newark, Paterson, Asbury Park—Camden’s stands apart for its calamitous results. For those of us who believe that public education’s purpose is to mitigate the influence of poverty, to help all kids succeed despite out-of-school forces, Camden’s district has for years been an affront.”(more)

Saturday, December 14, 2013

New Jersey Schools Report Significant Decrease In Bullying

Education News – Mirabel Shanny

“Good news for parents and kids in New Jersey: a recent report shows that bullying has been reduced considerably, which may be partly as a result of bullying prevention programs implemented in schools.”(more)

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Cursive Club Tries To Keep Handwriting Alive

NPR – Monica Miller

“Cursive handwriting is disappearing from the list of required courses at U.S. schools, so one New Jersey grandmother is making sure her grandson’s schoolmates know how to loop their Ls and curl their Qs.”(more)

Friday, April 5, 2013

Opinion: N.J. must break ‘monopoly of mediocrity in American education’

NJ.com – Margaret Spellings

“Complete College America reports that, by the end of this decade, two-thirds of the jobs in New Jersey will require a career certificate or degree, but today, less than half of adults in the state hold these qualifications.”(more)

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Report demonstrates continuing value of preschool for New Jersey’s poorest kids

Hechinger Report John Mooney

“One of the common questions raised about preschool is, “Do the benefits really last?” According to a report to be released today, the answer is in the affirmative for New Jersey’s state-funded program. By the time they reached the fourth or fifth grade, kids who attended pre-K in the state’s poorest cities were on average three-quarters of an academic year ahead of their peers who didn’t.”(more)

Friday, March 1, 2013

Christie’s Budget Calls for School Voucher Pilot in New Jersey

Education News – Julia Lawrence

“The new budget proposal for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie continues to push his education reform agenda with revived funding for school vouchers, NJ.com reports.”(more)

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Five habits of great students: Lessons from top-ranked STEM school

Washington Post – Valarie Strauss

“Many factors affect how well students do in school, but among them are how the students themselves approach their work and learning. Here are some of the habits of successful students at High Technology High School in Lincroft, New Jersey, which was ranked the #1 STEM high school in the nation by U.S. News last year…”(more)