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GUEST OPINION: Public Schools Resist Competition

Bill Donohue | CNBNews Contributor April 12, 2021 Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on an op-ed that attacks religious and charter schools: The waiting list to get into charter schools is considerable in most cities. Most on the list are non-white. They want an alternative to the public schools. Why? For the same reason that rich people do: the public schools are unsatisfactory, and in many cases they are positively dreadful. But unlike the rich, most minority parents cannot afford to send their children to private schools. Enrollment at Catholic schools during the pandemic is down overall, though there are many important exceptions. Many low-income parents, and those who are out of work, cannot pay the tuition. A report by the National Catholic Educational... Read more →


How to Help Yourself With Difficult Homework During a Lockdown

Thanks to COVID-19 and the ongoing pandemic that resulted from it, lockdowns have become a part of our life. And if that wasn’t enough, students like you are having to deal with a ton of homework even when classes are online. You’re practically at home all the time now, and yet, the term ‘homework’ still seems to haunt you as always. Things don’t get any easier when the tasks you’re assigned are difficult to do. And due to the lockdown, you can’t even go out to a library or a friend’s place to discuss it. So to help you deal with difficult homework during a lockdown, here are a few tips. Don’t stress yourself out You’re probably stressed out about COVID and are having to... Read more →


The Prom Must Go On:

New Survey Finds Majority of Parents Of High Schoolers Think Schools Should Allow Students to Have a Prom in the Wake of COVID-19 Online Party Superstore Shindigz Can Help Plan the Perfect Pandemic-Friendly Prom to Help Parents, Students and Schools Create a Memorable Experience FORT WAYNE, IN (April 1, 2021) -- Parents of high school students want their children to experience the same rites of passage that they had, including prom, despite -- or maybe in light of -- the year-long devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic that has forced schools across the U.S. to heavily modify or even cancel their traditional end-of-year events. According to a recent national online survey conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of online party planning superstore Shindigz, nearly four... Read more →


7 Ways to Ensure Your Child Gets a Good Education

The Oxford Method, a tutoring community, offers tips to help your child be successful in school NEW YORK, NEW YORK – (March 25, 2021) – Over the last year, during the pandemic, there have been many kids who have struggled academically. This is in part due to the millions who have had to do online learning and find the setup difficult. Whether children are learning online, in person, via classroom or through a combination of the three, there are things that parents can do to help them be more successful. Knowing what to do can help make a world a difference and reduce the struggling. “Many parents are aware of the way their kids are struggling with school over this school year,” explains David Florence,... Read more →


NJ Business & Industry Association Supports School District Regionalization Bill

A bill that would start the process of creating K-12 regional and countywide school districts, leading to improved quality of education and much-needed cost savings for state taxpayers, is being supported by the New Jersey Business & Industry Association today. NJBIA Vice President of Government Affairs Christopher Emigholz said bill S-3488, which is scheduled to be heard by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee today, is a good pathway to sustained savings for New Jersey. “This incentive-based opportunity for districts to explore regionalization will help bring much more efficiencies to those districts and, ultimately, much-needed property tax savings,” Emigholz said. “For New Jersey to truly improve its fiscal health, reforms found in this bill and in other Path to Progress legislation need to be seriously... Read more →


Bitcoin as Digital Currency Transaction Tool to Manage Online Operations

This is the era of Digital currency and the trend to make safe and secure investment plans are getting famous due to having great profit returns. Bitcoin is a digital currency that has a great reputation and importance being as online fast processing. Make sure, how to get satisfied and how to match with your interests and the specialties to achieve your objectives and to make sure how to get satisfied and how to match with your specialties and the interests levels to proceed through the genuine way. With the passage of time, Bitcoin is a widely accepted electronic medium of exchange and getting fame day by day. There are numerous online platforms and creative feature plans which are helping the people and providing a... Read more →


Latest On The School Reopening Saga Across The Nation

Biden Administration Waffles, Media Tires Of Rhetoric And Unions Claim Their Actions Won’t Harm Students WASHINGTON, D.C. The media finally appear to be losing patience at the Biden Administration’s waffling on the issue of school reopening. Joe Biden made school reopening and his ability to get it done quickly and safely a signature campaign promise. Many observers and fans were led to believe that given his extraordinary influence with the heads of the teacher's unions, he’d be able to prevail on them to move out of the way, knowing that their nemesis Donald Trump was no longer calling the shots. video courtesy of Fox29 Meanwhile, Philadelphia Federation of Teachers president Jerry T. Jordan, who has long complained about not enough resources or assurances of safety... Read more →


Home Rule in New Jersey seems to trump CDC Guidance on School Reopening

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com. Cold Springs School, Gloucester City, NJ JOHN MOONEY, EDUCATION WRITER | FEBRUARY 17, 2021 | EDUCATION, CORONAVIRUS IN NJ ‘It is still very much a district-by-district, case-by-case’ decision, says official with the state’s most powerful teachers union For all the fanfare surrounding Friday’s guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on how to reopen schools nationwide, New Jersey’s famous home rule still appears the prevailing guidance when it comes to public education in this state. That seemed the general reaction from education leaders and stakeholders here, as the 35-page report from the CDC... Read more →


*The Camden County Hero Scholarship Program Accepting Applications

The Camden County Hero Scholarship is pleased to announce its’ 2021 Scholarship Program. Three $2,000 scholarships will be awarded to graduating high school seniors who have a parent actively serving Camden County, or they themselves serve Camden County in a public safety capacity. One award will be presented in each field of service: Law Enforcement, Fire, and EMS. A $1,500 scholarship in memory of Chief Gary R. Cline, Ret., Merchantville Police Department, will be offered to a graduating high school senior pursuing a career in law enforcement. A $1,500 scholarship in memory of Chief Gene Dannenfelser, Ret., Camden County Fire Marshal’s Office, will be offered to a graduating high school senior pursuing a career in fire service. A $1,000 scholarship in memory of Cpl. Christopher... Read more →


Gloucester City Board of Education Accepts Resignation of School Superintendent Vespe

UPDATED Brooklawn School District 2021-22 Student Tuition for GHS Totals $1,201,919 William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNews (GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ)(Feb. 12, 2021)--The Gloucester City Board of Education, at the February 9 meeting, accepted the resignation of Superintendent Dennis Vespe effective June 21. Vespe was hired for the school years 2017 through 2021. His starting salary was $157,500. According to the NJ Public Employees Data Base Vespe's salary, as of December 19, 2020, was $162,254. Related: Dr. Dennis Vespe Hired as Gloucester City School Superintendent; Starting Salary $157,500 He replaced Joseph Rafferty who retired on August 31, 2017. Rafferty was hired in 2012 at a salary of $146,000 plus benefits. He replaced Paul Spaventa who was receiving a salary of $162,000 at the time. Shortly thereafter... Read more →


GreatSchools: Does your teen have a digital curfew?

A new study finds devices at bedtime are cutting into teens’ much-needed sleep time and directly impacting their mental health. by: Charity Ferreira | A 2017 study published in the journal Child Development found that using smartphones late at night, specifically for social media, is directly linked to depression, poor coping skills, and reduced self-esteem in teens. In light of recent evidence that the time teens spend on their phones has negative effects on their wellbeing (including a survey that found 1 in 5 teens say they regularly wake up in the middle of the night to check social media), giving kids and teens a digital curfew — a designated time each night when all devices are turned off and kept out of reach —... Read more →


OPEN OUR SCHOOLS NOW! You Are Hurting Our Children!

You Can No Longer Blame Trump, What Happens Now Is On Your Watch- ~CNBNews (NAPSI)—The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting nationwide K-12 school closures have created a social and economic impact that has paralyzed many communities. The lack of a proven technological solutions to help counter the impact of COVID in schools has compounded the crisis—but that can be fixed. Recently, two important developments have created an opportunity for a new national strategy to address the economic and health challenges facing schools, while equipping every classroom with healthy air filtration technology. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA), recently signed into law, includes $54.3 billion to help K-12 public schools address the COVID-19 impact, with the goal of improving health and safety measures within these schools. Stand-alone... Read more →


GreatSchools: When teens lie (because they all do!)

Hank Pellissier “Nelly, where are you going?” asks her mother one Saturday night, as her 16-year-old daughter scampers out the front door in a low-cut shirt and miniskirt. “Shannon and I are going to a movie, I forget the name. Then we’re gonna eat at the new whatchamacallit cafe and I’ll be back by 11 or 12. Don’t wait up!” “Okay… but… but… but…” Nelly’s mom frowns suspiciously as her daughter disappears into the night. She wonders: Was my daughter’s last-minute outfit change related to the furious spasm of texts she just got? Did she really break up with Dragomir, the too-old and too-rude wrestler? Is my daughter being honest with me? Interrogating her, she realizes, is useless. Every time she tries, Nelly avoids her... Read more →


CYBER ALERT: K-12 Distance Learning Education Being Targeted by Cyber Actors

Original release date: December 10, 2020 This Joint Cybersecurity Advisory was coauthored by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC). The FBI, CISA, and MS-ISAC assess malicious cyber actors are targeting kindergarten through twelfth grade (K-12) educational institutions, leading to ransomware attacks, the theft of data, and the disruption of distance learning services. Cyber actors likely view schools as targets of opportunity, and these types of attacks are expected to continue through the 2020/2021 academic year. These issues will be particularly challenging for K-12 schools that face resource limitations; therefore, educational leadership, information technology personnel, and security personnel will need to balance this risk when determining their cybersecurity investments. Technical... Read more →


Alice Costello Elementary School Closed to Jan. 19

Alice Costello Elementary School will remain in remote learning until at least 1/19/21 November 25, 2020 Brooklawn Family, This afternoon, I attended a meeting with the Camden County Department of Health regarding COVID-19 and schools. In this meeting, the Camden County Department of Health informed all in attendance that the Camden County region remains in “Orange/High Risk” status according to the NJ COVID-19 Activity Level Report. The cases in our region (Southwest) continue to trend higher as well. Therefore, Alice Costello Elementary School will remain in full remote learning. With COVID-19 cases in the town, county, and region continuing to rise, and with holiday season gatherings expected to make cases rise even higher, it would be ill-advised to reopen the school at such a time.... Read more →


Alice Costello School Closed Until Nov.30 Due to COVID-19 Outbreak

BROOKLAWN NJ (Nov. 14, 2020)--Dr. Samuel Rosetti, Superintendent/Principal, announced on Thursday that the school was being shut down due to an outbreak of COVID-19. Remote learning began on Friday, Nov. 13. The district hopes to re-open on Nov. 30 Rosetti sent the following information to parents of the students. Brooklawn Family, I regret to inform you that, as a result of the rise in COVID-19 cases statewide, as well as increased community spread, Alice Costello Elementary School will be moving to remote learning for a minimum of the next two weeks, beginning tomorrow (Friday, November 13, 2020). Our target date to re-enter the building is Monday, November 30, 2020, however, this is subject to change. In the next two weeks, we will continue to monitor... Read more →


More COVID-19 Cases Identified in Gloucester City School District, 200 Employees Exposed

UPDATE/November 14,2020 Supt. Vespe Editor's Note: Superintendent Vespe sent a second notice, dated November 13, to parents regarding the athletic programs. Vespe said, "With sincere sadness for our entire Lion Community, coaches, parents, and players we now have been informed that an individual who came in contact with one of our district athletic teams has tested positive. Excerpts of the second letter is below. **** GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ—(November 14, 2020) Dr. Dennis Vespe, superintendent of the Gloucester City School District, announced on Friday, November 13, that individual (s) in the Cold Springs School and in the Middle School have tested positive for COVID-19. The district recently transition back to remote instructions due to seven people getting the virus which resulted in 200 people being exposed.... Read more →


Water Stations in Schools Keep Kids Safe, Hydrated

(NAPSI)—If you’ve ever been the parent of a school-aged child, you know the drill. A new school year means a new list of required school supplies. And these days the list is definitely different. Hoping to prevent the spread of coronavirus this year, most schools sent parents shopping for items such as face masks, hand sanitizers and personal water bottles. Normally, students can quench their thirst at school water fountains. But there’s nothing normal about this school year. And after the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction recommended schools discontinue the use of shared drinking fountains, many did just that. But that meant some schools didn’t have a convenient, affordable way to keep students hydrated throughout the day. That’s one of the reasons the Delta Dental... Read more →


When the teacher is the bully

Bullying has become a national issue. But what do you do if the school bully is your child's teacher? by: Jessica Kelmon | GREATSCHOOLS.ORG When Karen Eubank’s son first complained about his “mean” teacher, she took it with a grain of salt. “Usually ‘mean’ just means a teacher makes you study, is demanding, or wants you to answer questions,” says the Dallas, TX mom. “Not that [the teacher’s] being verbally abusive.” Unfortunately, that’s exactly what it meant. Eubank had transferred her son from a private school to a new charter that a friend recommended. During the tour, Eubank fell in love with the school — there was a garden, they played music at lunch, the school was “just beautiful,” she says. But after the school... Read more →


Peyton and Me Meandering Through the Streets of South Jersey (Brooklawn Chapter II)

CORRECTED William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNews PEYTON (Gloucestercitynews.net)(October 28, 2020)--Daniel Boggs recently submitted a Letter to the Editor titled "Are The Communities of Gloucester City/Brooklawn Turning Into Slums?". Although we agree with Mr. Boggs about some neighborhoods in Gloucester City having a housing and trash problem the only thing we found walking through Brooklawn today were two derelict cars missing license plates and NJ inspection stickers. Derelict cars CNBNews photo We liked how the Borough placed a tarp with a woodsy scene on one side of the public works property. Every street we viewed was cleaned, the homes were all kept nice, and there was no trash blowing around. The residents should be commended for taking pride in their community. The Borough placed a... Read more →


ONE WAY TO RECOGNIZE A SUCCESSFUL HIGH SCHOOL

Research shows that high schools that successfully support at-risk students are more effective for all their students. by: GreatSchools Staff All parents want a great education for their kids, but what makes a great high school? We follow the research, survey educators, and analyze the data to help you figure it out. This video on the proven difference that supporting at-risk students makes is one in a series of eight videos on best practices that all high schools should implement (or at least consider implementing) for the well-being and success of all students. Check out the other videos in this series: The importance of real-life learning and career pathways Advanced academics for everyone The value of student-staff connections Why student-centered education should be the norm... Read more →


Bill Graves, of White Haven PA., formerly of Brooklawn; Loved Hunting, the Outdoors

(CNBNewsnet)(WHITE HAVEN, PA)(September 1, 2020)-William E. Graves, 77, of White Haven, Pa., died Thursday, August 27 at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital. Born in Camden City, NJ, he was the son of the late William and Elizabeth Maltman Graves. Raised in Brooklawn NJ, he graduated from Gloucester City High School in 1961. He worked as a chemical technician for Huntsman Polypropylene (formerly Shell Chemical) in West Deptford, New Jersey. The most important thing to William was his family and hunting. He traveled the world extensively hunting. He was a member of Blakelee United Methodist Church and a former member of the Elks Lodge, NJ, and was a lifetime member of Safari Club International. He served his country proudly in the United States Air Force during Vietnam... Read more →


What makes teen boys stop talking — and how concerned should you be?

When boys go silent by: Christina Tynan-Wood | October 15, 2016 https://www.greatschools.org/ When my son was little, he was funny and affectionate. He had a million questions and he loved to ask them. He was shy with people he didn’t know well but was voluble and entertaining with close friends and family. There was very little I didn’t know about his day, his dreams, his friends, and his ambitions. We were buddies. And then came middle school. First he got tall and awkward and started to smell like a teenager. I was expecting those changes. But I was not expecting his personality to change. By age 14, my formerly sweet and chatty son was giving me the silent treatment. He uttered only the briefest of... Read more →


Gloucester Twp. PD Traffic Safety: School Re-Opening Stay Alert, Slow Down

GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP NJ (August 31, 2020)----Schools are opening this week, so be on the lookout when driving through neighborhoods. Drive slowly and watch for children walking in the street, especially where there are no sidewalks. Be aware of children playing or standing at bus stops. Kids are usually taught to look both ways before crossing a street, but they could dart into traffic without looking if they're late or distracted. School bus red flashing lights and an extended stop-arm signal indicate that the bus has stopped and that children are getting on or off. Drivers MUST stop a safe distance away and not start again until the red lights stop flashing, the stop sign has been folded back, and the bus begins to continue on... Read more →


Substitute Teachers Needed for Gloucester City Public Schools

County: Camden Gloucestercitynews.net files Posted Date: 8/25/2020 Expiration Date: 9/24/2020 CITY: Gloucester City NJ Description Remember your favorite teacher? You could be THAT teacher! Gloucester City Public Schools and Kelly Education are seeking talented teachers to fill various Building Substitute positions at all grade levels for the 2020-2021 school year. No experience needed! This is a great way to boost your resume, gain valuable teaching experience and help you start building your educational network. Whether you are looking for a building sub role, a long-term position, or a flexible schedule, we can be your backup plan for the 2020-2021 school year! Copy https://bit.ly/3gGjAxX to start your career today! You can also call 856-406-6015 or email KELLYEDNJ@kellyservices.com with questions! We look forward to helping you with... Read more →


Letters to the Ed: Union City Teachers and Support Staff Being Forced to Make Life and Death Decision

While the entire school district of Union City is forced to close to keep students and teachers safe, the district is forcing its youngest students to go back in on September 3rd. Abbott programs and daycares that are not covered by the teachers union have been left to fend for themselves. A friend of mine is one of those teachers, with a pre-existing condition and over the age of 50, she is given the choice to go teach and risk her life or lose her income. She has taught in the district happily for over 20 years with no health insurance or pension and never complained as have her colleagues. Parents in the district are being forced to put their kids in the classroom or... Read more →


Will There Be Schools Without Teachers? NJ Reopening Plans Unclear

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com. JOHN MOONEY | AUGUST 21, 2020 A District touted as model for fall reopening faces teacher shortages, a growing problem Gloucestercitynews.net files Mount Olive was once Gov. Phil Murphy’s Exhibit A for how schools could reopen with a mix of in-class and virtual instruction this fall. Now school leaders are not so sure. And why? Maybe a lack of teachers to staff their so-called hybrid classrooms. Superintendent Robert Zywicki, who sat with Murphy in June to help announce the governor’s reopening plan for schools, said Thursday that as much as a quarter of his teaching... Read more →


What States Saw The Biggest Loss In Education Jobs?

click image to enlarge Editor's Note: Zippia.com a resource site for job seekers surveyed the 50 states in the union to see what ones lost the most jobs in education as a result of the COVID-19 virus. Coming in at number 1, Delaware, number 2, New Jersey, 3, Massachusetts, 4, Michigan, 5, Nevada, 6, Maryland, 7, Maine, 8, New York, 9, Alaska, 10, Virginia +++++ Recently, lots of attention has been directed toward schools. More specifically toward if they should be going back with COVID still going on. People can’t seem to agree about anything, and no one is talking about the teachers, janitors, support staff, and other faculty positions who will also be put at risk. However, what may be more interesting is the... Read more →


Push to Make NJ Schools Remote Only Stalls

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com. JOHN MOONEY | Lawmakers had backed the bill to halt plans for in-person learning in September, but Gov. Phil Murphy switched gears TRENTON, NJ--When a bill was first posted earlier this month to start all public schools remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, several legislative leaders lined up in support — and flexed their muscle to show that it wasn’t just the governor calling the shots. But as Gov. Phil Murphy has adjusted his mandates for schools and more and more districts appear to be headed to a remote-only opening anyway, the legislation has seen... Read more →


Questions Parents have about Learning Pods

Get the lowdown on learning pods and micro-schools — and consider ways to support equity in education during the pandemic. by: Mira Browne, Executive Director of Prepared Parents | August 13, 2020 We’ve been following the (inter)national conversation about learning pods, and it looks like parents have a lot of questions: What will remote learning look like this fall? What is a micro-school or learning pod? Is it right for my family? How can we be sure it’s safe for our family? Can I care about equity and still form a learning pod? How can I help make education more equitable this fall? What are micro-schools and learning pods? Parents are getting creative with alternative school options this fall. They’re opening their homes to micro-schools... Read more →


Remote Learning Gets Mixed Marks in State Survey of New Jersey Families

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com. JOHN MOONEY | AUGUST 4, 2020 Parents split on online instruction as prospects for fall opening shaky New Jersey’s seismic shift last spring to remote instruction due to the COVID-19 pandemic appears to have received mixed grades from the families who lived it. The state last week finally released a much-discussed survey of nearly 300,000 families conducted in early June about the state’s first lockdown and closing of schools. The results show parents fairly evenly split on how well online instruction worked at the start of pandemic — and also on the myriad issues going... Read more →


Brace Yourself for the Truth: All Kids Lie!

12 tips for raising truthful kids Parents rate honesty as the quality they most want to teach their children. We asked the experts for their best advice for raising honest kids. by: Charity Ferreira /greatschools.org Brace yourself for the cold, hard truth: all kids lie. They do it for many of the same reasons adults do: to avoid getting into trouble, to avoid hurting another person’s feelings, or to make themselves look better. The ability to tell a lie develops early — as young as 2½ for some kids — and it’s a normal and important stage of kids’ cognitive and social development. By age 4, all kids lie; by age 6, some estimates are that kids lie as often as once an hour. (And... Read more →


CDC Says It Is Important for America’s Schools to REOPEN this Fall

UPDATED JULY 23, 2020 source CDC As families and policymakers make decisions about their children returning to school, it is important to consider the full spectrum of benefits and risks of both in-person and virtual learning options. Parents are understandably concerned about the safety of their children at school in the wake of COVID-19. The best available evidence indicates if children become infected, they are far less likely to suffer severe symptoms.[1],[2],[3] Death rates among school-aged children are much lower than among adults. At the same time, the harms attributed to closed schools on the social, emotional, and behavioral health, economic well-being, and academic achievement of children, in both the short- and long-term, are well-known and significant. Further, the lack of in-person educational options disproportionately... Read more →


Reopening Dilemma: NJ Students, Teachers Afraid to Return to School

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com. JOHN MOONEY | JULY 16, 2020 School districts struggling to balance in-school/virtual instruction face another problem — educators, students unwilling to return to brick-and-mortar classrooms Reopening schools in New Jersey may be more than a month away, but districts and families are already facing some fundamental first-day questions. When the doors open, will families have to send their children if the COVID-19 pandemic is still here, as is all but certain? What about teachers? And how will schools deal with decisions by parents and teachers about coming back? Those are some of the wild cards... Read more →


Philadelphia Federation of Teachers Releases Recommendations for Opening Schools

PHILADELPHIA— The PFT released its recommendations regarding reopening school buildings. These recommendations are built on months of member feedback, and are developed in conjunction with insight and expertise from scientists and infectious disease experts. Download the full report here. Download the report appendices here. Planning for reopening must be based on a fundamental truth: lives are at stake. Our members want to return to in-person learning to do the job they love face-to-face, if it is safe to do so, and if it remains safe. Simply stating that CDC guidance is ‘too expensive’ is an abject failure of leadership. Further, recent national surges in COVID cases and plateauing local cases, combined with new evidence of childhood infection and airborne spread, certainly call the feasibility of... Read more →


When Schools Reopen in New Jersey, Will Teachers Play Hooky?

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com. JOHN MOONEY | JULY 10, 2020 | Some educators want state to more clearly map out what school will look like in the fall before committing to coming back A great deal has been said about reopening New Jersey schools in the fall while ensuring that children remain healthy and safe. But worries are also surfacing about what going image courtesy of esty Gloucestercitynews.net files back will mean for teachers — and even whether enough of them will be willing to return to the classroom. Steve Beatty, a top officer of the New Jersey Education... Read more →


‘September Ready Fall 2020 Guidance for Arts Education’

WARREN, N.J. – As school districts nationwide scramble to finalize plans later this month to safely reopen this fall during the COVID-19 pandemic, New Jersey is once again earning high marks when it comes to arts education best practices. Following the June 29 release of the New Jersey Department of Education’s The Road Back, Restart and Recover Plan for Education guidance to reopen schools, Arts Ed NJ has just unveiled September Ready Fall 2020 Guidance for Arts Education, a comprehensive, 126-page document offering practical guidance for K-12 school administrators and arts educators seeking to provide meaningful arts instruction for their students. View the Report More than 130 arts administrators, educators, practitioners, and associations leaders have joined together to develop the strategies, plans, and solutions needed... Read more →


Is it normal that your preschooler has an imaginary friend?

All children play make-believe, but some are more creative than others. If your little one has imaginary friends, here's what you should know. by: Connie Matthiessen | June 29, 2015 The magic years The preschool teacher was new and she’d never seen anything like it before. One of her students, a 3-year-old boy, desperately wanted to be a dog. He rarely dropped his doggy persona. When she asked him a question, he replied with a bark. Concerned, she told his mother that she suspected he might have autism, and recommended he be evaluated for early intervention. The worried mother took him to see his pediatrician, Laurel Schultz. There was nothing wrong with the boy, says Shultz. “Ages 2 to 6 are called ‘The Magic Years’... Read more →


Murphy's Plan for Reopening Schools Coming Soon

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com. JOHN MOONEY | JUNE 22, 2020 With commissioner moving on, governor needs to fill gap quickly to ensure continuity, confidence With Gov. Phil Murphy expected to announce this week the road map for reopening New Jersey’s schools this fall, the man likely to be tasked with presenting the plan — outgoing education commissioner, Lamont Repollet — won’t be around long to execute it. The state Department of Education last week said Repollet will be staying on another month before taking the helm as president of Kean University. That moves his departure date to the end... Read more →


COVID-19 Causing Budgetary Distress for South Jersey School Districts

By Mike Sepanic South Jersey’s largest school districts are facing unprecedented financial distress due to shortfalls in federal and state funding caused by reactions to the COVID-19 pandemic. A new research report from the Senator Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs at Rutgers University–Camden provides insight into the scope of how this imminent crisis will impact communities and families across the region. “Seventeen of South Jersey’s largest 25 school districts are at risk of being unable to sustain pre-pandemic levels of K-12 education,” says Michael Hayes, author of the study (titled “Are South Jersey School Districts Prepared for the Next Recession?”) and an assistant professor of public policy and administration at Rutgers University–Camden. “These more-at-risk districts would need to raise local property taxes by at... Read more →


Dog Dies After Being Attacked; Old ST. Maurice Church Auction; New Name for Proprietors Park?

CNBNews Tips and Snippets: William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNews DOG ATTACKED BY OTHER DOGS DIES—A dog in the Riverview Heights section of Gloucester City died last month after being attacked by two other dogs. According to the police the deceased dog died from shock, due to a combination of the being bitten in the face by the attacking dog (s) and the dog's underlying medical condition. The owner of the dog who died said his dog was a mixed German Shepherd and the attacking dogs were pit bulls that lived next to him and got into his yard. Rumor was circulating that one of these dogs also bit a child in the neighborhood but the police said there have been no complaints filed with... Read more →


Art Education is Essential for Students Says 54 Organizations

Warren, NJ (May, 2020)—As policymakers plan for school reopening in the fall, Arts Ed NJ joined 53 other organizations in a statement that supports an arts education for all students. In the statement, “Arts Education Is Essential,” the signing organizations convey that the arts have already played a pivotal and uplifting role during the health crisis, and that arts education can help all students, including those who are in traditionally underrepresented groups, as students return to school next year. “Arts Education Is Essential” speaks to arts education’s role in supporting the social and emotional well-being of students, an area that administrators, educators, and parents have highlighted as essential to student safety and success during the pandemic and as students return to school, whether in-person, online,... Read more →


Searching for a ‘New Normal’ in New Jersey’s Public Schools

MAY 20,2020 The selectively lethal coronavirus spread through New Jersey at a pace that would make a wildfire seem like a wisp of smoke. On Wednesday, March 4, New Jersey had its first diagnosed case. On Tuesday, March 10, New Jersey reported its first coronavirus death. By the time Gov. Phil Murphy signed his historic Executive Order 104, which closed all New Jersey schools on March 18, there were 178 New Jersey cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. On May 18, only two months later, New Jersey officials are reporting 148,039 coronavirus cases and 10,435 deaths– the second-highest numbers in the nation. During the 71 days that have passed since the first death from the virus in New Jersey, elementary and secondary... Read more →


Murphy Cancels $1.28B Surplus Fund; Closes Schools for Remainder of Academic Year

By Kim Jarrett | The Center Square (The Center Square) – New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy rescinded a 2019 executive order that directed the state treasurer to put aside $1.28 billion surplus by the end of this fiscal year. “Absent significant outside assistance, this surplus is no longer feasible,” Murphy said during his news conference Monday. “We need to have these funds as a safeguard should direct federal assistance to our state fail to surface.” Murphy has consistently said states will need billions to overcome budget shortfalls due to the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. Senate returned to Washington on Monday to begin hammering out the latest relief bill, which Murphy and others hope contains budget funds for states. President Donald Trump and U.S. Senate Majority... Read more →


Stress and your child’s brain

by: Hank Pellissier | GREAT SCHOOLS Versión en español Stress! Bad for the body! Bad for the brain! We’ve seen the articles, watched the 11 o’clock news reports on the “silent killer,” and complained to friends and family about how stressed-out we are. While we all know that adult stress can lead to serious illnesses such as ulcers and hypertension, we don’t associate these maladies with children. But research suggests that chronically stressed children dopay a heavy price. In fact, they are at risk of cognitive damage, because their brains are not yet fully developed. A host of statistics suggest that American children are indeed experiencing stress at new levels: suicides among adolescents have quadrupled since the 1950s; only 36 percent of 7th graders agreed... Read more →


CER EVENT: What Does The Future of School Look Like?

Dozens of education providers, organizations, districts and schools are educating students seamlessly despite the crisis. What separates them from those who can’t or won’t provide the continuity of education that experts know students need during this crisis? CER presents the third in its EdInnovation Virtual Series - to introduce the media, education leaders, parents and policymakers to the reality of what remote learning can and should look like to benefit all students. Meet the change-makers who are making school happen for thousands. WHO: Jeanne Allen @JeanneAllen, CER Founder and CEO, moderator Jonathan Hage, @CSUSAJonHage (CEO, Charter Schools USA) Julie Young, @JulieYoungEDU (CEO, ASU Prep Digital) WHAT: Live Interactive conversation with Q&A WHERE: Zoom Link Provided When You RSVP HERE WHEN: Tuesday April 21, 11 am... Read more →


Jump Shot! Coaches, Host a Viewing Party for your Team

The True Story of Kenny Sailors Jump Shot uncovers the inspiring true story of Kenny Sailors, the proclaimed developer of the modern day jump shot in basketball. He defined the game, but only now is he ready to share his thoughts on why the game never defined him. Biography, Documentary, Sports PG | TV-PG79 minutesHD5.1 Pre-Order Now (April 16 Release) -- Jump Shot is the inspiring true story of Kenny Sailors, the developer and innovator of the shot that defined the game of basketball without letting it define him. 10% OF PROCEEDS & 100% OF "GIVE" FUNDS TO BENEFIT THE CONVOY OF HOPE FOR COVID-19 MEALS IN UNDER-SERVED COMMUNITIES. Director: Jacob Hamilton Writers: Jacob Hamilton, Thaddeus D. Matula (story consultant) Stars: Kenny Sailors, Stephen Curry,... Read more →