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Chalkbeat

Higher pay for new educators in contract approved by Newark Teachers Union

A $65,000 starting salary for new teachers, 4.5% average annual raises, and more say for educators on curriculum decisions are among the new standards for Newark Public Schools teachers under a union contract members overwhelmingly approved this week.

 MyCentralJersey.com

‘Shame on you’: East Brunswick school administrators under fire for yearbook mistake (msn.com)

Admitting there was “a gross lack of oversight,” Superintendent of Schools Victor Valeski announced a special counsel will investigate how the 2024 East Brunswick High School yearbook published a photo of Muslim students instead of members of the Jewish Student Union (JSU) with all the Jewish students’ names removed.

NJ.com

N.J. high school starts fix for yearbooks with Muslim student photo on Jewish club page

“A new ‘club’ page reflecting the newly photographed Jewish Club and a roster of their membership is already being printed,” said the district’s superintendent, Victor Valeski, in a statement on Friday.

Inside the $43M fight to solve N.J.’s youth mental health crisis. ‘You are not alone.’ (msn.com)The school year is nearly over and summer vacation beckons, but a group of 8th graders at Halsted Middle School in Newton spent part of Monday morning pondering why “the road to success is paved with failure.”

TAPinto.net

Plainfield Public Schools Host Ribbon Cutting for Renovated PHS Auditorium

On Friday afternoon, the Plainfield Public Schools hosted a ribbon cutting for its $4 million renovation of the Plainfield High School auditorium. The district also held grand openings for two other spaces within PHS—an eSports gaming arena and a Black Box theater—whose ceremonies were not open to the public.

NATIONAL

Education Week

The Motivational Power of STEM: This Program Connects Students to Potential Careers

Connecting what students learn to real-world experiences can be inspiring, research shows.

The Behind-the-Scenes Work of Implementing the ‘Science of Reading’

Principals play a central role in shifting schoolwide practice.

Federal Education Reform Has Largely Failed. Unfortunately, We Still Need It (Opinion)

Action is needed from both the federal government and the states, a policy expert writes.

Video: How Microschools Can Fit in the Broader K-12 System

A founder describes her microschool’s “intentionally small,” “highly customized” approach.

4 Keys to Building a Pipeline From High School to the Teaching Profession

A statewide program shows how to expand and diversify the pool of new educators.

FCC Pilot Program to Help Schools Fight ‘Real and Growing’ Cyberattacks

School districts and libraries can soon seek new federal grants to protect against the mounting threat of cyberattacks under a pilot program approved June 6 by the Federal Communications Commission.

USA Today

Graduate school enrollment softens and schools fret about less tuition

Grad students have been a cash cow; now universities fret over graduate enrollment.

States have banned cell phones in schools as more consider it

State’s weigh school cell phone bans atop district policies

Wall Street Journal

An Anonymous-Messaging App Upended a Vermont High School (msn.com)

An app lets high schoolers post anonymously about their classmates, and police the rules themselves. (I know what you’re thinking: What could possibly go wrong?

Washington Post

‘Very unpredictable’: Colleges fear FAFSA fiasco will hurt enrollment (msn.com)

Admissions workers are still hosting campus visits and coaching students through the aid process, at a time of year when enrollment should be settled.