Asbury Park Press

New policies targeting trans students roil some Monmouth County schools

Colts Neck and Middletown schools joined Marlboro this week with new policies requiring parental notification when students seek to change their gender preference, pronoun choices or names.

Camden County wants to equip bus drivers with Narcan, after installing kits in most schools

The South Jersey school system was among the first districts in Camden County equipped with the kits last fall in case a student needed the potentially lifesaving treatment after a suspected fentanyl overdose — and now it will be part of a pilot to provide the kits to school bus drivers beginning in September.

Biden Administration issues civil rights guidance on school discipline

The guidance letter, issued by the Justice and Education departments, marks the Biden administration’s most forceful message on school discipline at a time when some states and school boards are pushing tougher punishments for troubling student misbehavior that has risen since the start of the pandemic.

In this age of book bans, we should celebrate all libraries, big and small | Opinion

It’s been a month since the nation celebrated National Library Week, and I don’t recall seeing a lot about the importance of that week, or about what it means to have libraries, particularly free, public libraries, in America.

New Jersey Monitor

Parental notification policy shines light on fight over gender, LGBTQ issues in schools

Schools in New Jersey have increasingly adopted policies decried as anti-LGBTQ, from book and rainbow flag bans to “forced outing.”

5 years after Paramus school bus crash, reform laws in limbo

In the five years since the horrific Paramus bus crash that left Miranda Vargas and a teacher, Jennifer Williamson-Kennedy, dead and dozens injured, 11 laws were passed to improve school bus safety. Yet two of those laws have not yet been implemented.

Press of Atlantic City

Cumberland Regional High School receives national recognition

Project Lead The Way is a nonprofit that serves more than 12,000 schools across the country. The organization supports teachers as they work to prepare their students for success in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects and provides courses in computer science, engineering and biomedical science.

Rahway’s Franklin Elementary School Celebrates Diversity at Annual Multicultural Night

Franklin Elementary School hosted its highly anticipated annual multicultural night, a vibrant event that brought together students, staff, families, and community members to revel in the rich tapestry of cultures within the school community.

Hanover Township Board of Education to Appear in Court on Tuesday in Response to Attorney General’s Complaint

The Hanover Township Board of Education is scheduled to be in Morristown’s court on Tuesday, May 30th at 9:00am as the judge as set that as the return date for the Attorney General’s request for a preliminary injunction [from implementing its policy requiring school staff to out LGBTQ+ youth to their parents]

Your ‘feel good’ story of the day… 😊

Southern Regional Honors Americans Who Made Ultimate Sacrifice in Field of Flags

The Southern Regional School District creates a beautiful field of flags to honor the lives in the Iraqi and Afghanistan Wars.

Sparta Schools’ Calendar Changed to Close for Juneteenth

At the May board of education meeting on Wednesday, Beck said the district’s closure was in line with the State of New Jersey’s official observation of Juneteenth which is fixed as the third Friday of June.


Education Week

Data: How Schools Respond to Student Hunger Over the Summer

The end of pandemic-era flexibility has translated into fewer students receiving summer meals.

Chaplains Could Work as School Counselors Under Bill Passed in Texas

The bill would allow unlicensed chaplains to serve as counselors.

Schools Are Part of the Biden Administration’s Plan for Combating Antisemitism

The call to action is part of a first-of-its-kind plan to counter antisemitism.

2 District Leaders Transformed School Mental Health Services. They Share How They Did It

[Schools] often lack the resources to staff and fund mental health programs, forcing school leaders to either get creative or let students go without therapy, counseling, and social work services.

How a Court Ruling on a School’s Admission Policy Could Impact Others

The challengers anticipate that a forthcoming U.S. Supreme Court decision on the use of race in college admissions will lead, at a minimum, to a fresh look at their case.

Online Training Program to Boost Number of Principals of Color Expands

The program, the National Aspiring Principals Fellowship, is run by New Leaders, which trains school leaders to work in mostly urban districts and schools serving large numbers of students of color.

NBC News

US colleges game out a possible end to race-conscious student admissions

A Supreme Court ruling that could eradicate race-conscious college admissions has some schools looking for new ways to maintain or increase diversity among students.