Parent Lets Loose At District’s “Piss-Poor” Reopening Plan: “My Trust Is Broken.”

This is a comment on the Facebook page of the Lakewood Education Association attached to a post that reprints the resignations of two (and counting) Lakewood teachers distraught over the district’s plan for full-time in-person school days. (More here.) One of the commenters is Lakewood attorney Michael Inzelbuch, whose participation angered some teachers. Below is a staff member’s response to his presence. Michael Inzelbuch why are you on this page? It’s a serious conflict of …

15 Million Children Are #LoggedOut Due To Lack of Internet Access. Here’s How You Can Help.

Today education activists and organizations across the country are joining together for a National Day of Action to demand #InternetForAll. Why? School is starting up around the country but kids are stuck at home, and 15 million of them are #LoggedOut because they don’t have a decent internet connection. In six cities (see here), activists will be demanding #InternetForAll. Want to get involved? Go to this page for a digital toolkit and check out this site. (Or you …

“We Were Begging For Decision-Making From the DOE”: NJ Superintendents Decry Lack of Leadership

Mike La Susa, Superintendent of School District of the Chathams in Morris County, is in a tough spot: His reopening plan still calls for in-district instruction but “if we’re faced with a continuing increase in the number of leave inquiries and potential leaves we could be in a different position a week from now, or ten days from now.”  What does LaSusa regard as a major contributing factor to the uncertainty?  “Not enough planning by …

Education Highlights From Gov. Murphy’s Budget Address

This morning Governor Phil Murphy delivered his budget address from the 50-yard line at Rutgers’ SHI Stadium in Piscataway. His proposal calls for annual state spending of $32.4 billion from October to June 2021, not as much as a cut from last year’s $38.7 billion budget as it appears: this is a nine-month budget instead a twelve-month one. Four billion would come from a loan, which would leave New Jersey with a $2.2 billion surplus …

NJ High School Student Explains How “Distance Learning Is A Bust.”

Carina Pizarro is a high school student in Bridgewater. Her essay appears in InsiderNJ’s publication, “The Covid-19 Crisis: An InsiderNJ History.“ Distance learning was one of the hardest things I had to go through in my life. In the beginning before the pandemic I had just made the lacrosse team after weeks of hard work. I had good grades and everything was great. It was a Friday and our English teacher said to us that …

Murphy Has A Reminder For School Districts at Today’s Press Conference

At today’s daily press briefing on COVID-19, Gov. Phil Murphy reminded school districts that if they plan on taking him up on his offer to start off the school year with full-time virtual learning, they must resubmit reopening plans to their executive county superintedent as well as the state Department of Education, now headed by Interim Commissioner Kevin Dehmer. According to ROI, All schools proposing all-remote learning must cite specific health and safety reasons, certified …

How The DNC Platform “Falls Flat” When It Comes To Charter Schools.

Here is a release from the National Association of Charter School Authorizers called “Myth-Busting the Democratic National Party Platform: The Role of Charter School Authorizing.” This week the Democratic Party is set to adopt its 2020 party platform at its virtual convention. NACSA commends the platform for its strong support of public education, with calls to increase Title I funding and fully fund IDEA obligations for the first time in history. These are admirable positions that ensure equitable access to education.   …

Murphy’s Executive Order For Districts Going Remote-Only

Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Requiring Schools to Open for In-Person Instruction and Permitting Districts to Provide Remote-Only Instruction if They Cannot Meet Health and Safety Protocols Executive Order Also Allows Institutions of Higher Education to Resume Broader In-Person Instruction TRENTON – Governor Phil Murphy and Department of Education Interim Commissioner Kevin Dehmer announced that New Jersey’s public and private school districts will be open for in-person instruction for the start of the school year. Public school …

Breaking News: Murphy Will Announce Today That Schools Can Go All-Remote

At 1:00 this afternoon Governor Phil Murphy will hold a press conference with Interim Education Commissioner Kevin Dehmer. According to reports, Murphy will backtrack from DOE guidance issued in July and announce that public schools now have the option of going all-remote. Over the last weeks, out of concerns about safety, school leaders have urged Murphy to reverse the Department of Education guidance that mandated all schools must offer some form of in-person classes. These …

New Jersey School Staff Drops 11%, Second Largest Decrease Among All States

New Jersey has eliminated more education workers than any other state except for Delaware, according to a survey from the job site Zippia, reports ROI. Zippia used data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to compare job loss from June 2019-June 2020 for each state. These jobs include teachers, cafeteria workers, janitors, teacher assistants, administration, bus drivers and other support staff. New Jersey came in at No. 2 out of all the states with the …