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NJCU Among Seven NJ Colleges To Share $35 Million for GEAR UP Program

The full text of the announcement is here.

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How New Jersey School Districts Spend Their Monies

The 2019 Taxpayers Guide to Education Spending has just been released. Every district is profiled using multiple indicators. Want to know how much money your district spent? How much revenue came from the state? The teacher-pupil ratio? The cost per student? All of these questions and so many more are here.

Here are some numbers for Jersey City: total expenditures were $725, 612, 663; revenue from the state was 79.8%; the teacher pupil ratio was 11.4; and the total cost per student was $26, 028.

You can search by indicator, district, or group, and you can easily call up state averages medians as well. Access to prior reports are also available.

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Jersey City School District’s Rankings in Niche’s 2020 Best School Districts in America Survey

Niche utilized various indices to rank the more than 11,000 school districts in the country. You can search among many criteria: private school, charter school, by state, by city, etc. Here is how Jersey City fared.

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GAO Report On Restraint and Seclusion in Schools

This report – Education Should Take Immediate Action to Address Inaccuracies in Federal Restraint and Seclusion Data – echoes yesterday’s posting on educational equity in that this procedure “…disproportionately affects students with disabilities and boys in general.”(1) This brief report lists school districts with more than 100,000 students and the occurrences of restraint/seclusion. So many districts report zero instances that the GAO lists four recommendations to ameliorate the dismal reporting system.

 

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A Call for a National Plan To Measure Educational Equity

This report from the National Academies – Monitoring Educational Equity – calls for a nationwide system that “…can help convey why disparities arise, identify groups most affected by them, and inform policy and practice measures to improve equity in pre-K through 12th grade education.” (news release) Sixteen indicators are listed, many of which deal with student outcomes. This report traces developments from pre-k through 12 grade in an attempt to find out why the educational system fails so many of its students.

This document mirrors the 2018 UNESCO title – Handbook on Measuring Equity in Education –  that stated “Greater equity and inclusion in education cannot be achieved without increased efforts to collect and analyse data on the most excluded segments of the population.”(11)

 

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The “Digital Divide” Is Still a Major Problem

This Associated Press analysis of Census Bureau numbers reveals that more than three million school children still have no reliable internet access to complete homework assignments, leaving them more academically underprepared than their counterparts who have access to what many of us think as a basic tool. And this lack is felt more in certain socioeconomic levels: “Students without internet at home are more likely to be students of color, from low-income families or in households with lower parental education levels.”

The latest figures from the National Center for Education Statistics show the wide range of access to internet or broadband or the availability of computers in the home.

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2019 “Condition of Education”

This annual report highlights through uses of massive amounts of data the state of the education sector from pre-k through college. Two very important “spotlights” are included in this year’s version: Young Adult Educational and Employment Outcomes by Family Socioeconomic Status and Postsecondary Outcomes for Nontraditional Undergraduate Students. In light of recent reports of parents scheming to get their children into elite colleges, the first report makes it clear that parental socioeconomic factors do play a significant role in college attendance/completion. The second report, the first time it has been issued, traces the educational path taken by “nontraditional” students; it includes data on completion, transfer, and enrollment rates.

Another relevant report is The Postsecondary Undergraduate Population: Student Income and Demographics from CRS.

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