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Education

Opinion: Assemblyman Gary Schaer on ‘A Blueprint for Tomorrow’

Asm. Gary Schaer

Trenton, NJ, June 20, 2017Assemblyman Gary S. Schaer (D-Passaic), Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, last month shared the following with Innovation New Jersey readers:

Each time we tackle the state budget, we are reminded that it is a living, breathing document that, at its core, should fundamentally reflect our priorities.  As we enter final deliberations in crafting this year’s state budget, that reminder is all the more potent.

One of the reasons New Jersey’s economy lagged far behind most of the nation after the Great Recession is because we failed to make the proper investments to capitalize on our strengths and leverage our assets to grow our economy.  We cannot expect to move forward and grow as a state without planting the proper seeds.  Continue reading

Essex County College Names Dr. Anthony E. Munroe 8th President

Dr. Anthony Munroe

Newark, NJ, May 29, 2017 — Dr. Anthony E. Munroe is Essex County College’s new leader following his appointment as president by the College Board of Trustees on May 16.

Dr. Munroe, who previously served as president of Malcolm X College, part of the City Colleges of Chicago system, becomes Essex’s 8th president in its history.  He is serving as interim president through May 31.

The Board unanimously approved his appointment as president effective June 1 through May 31, 2020. Continue reading

Christie Administration Releases 2017 Taxpayers’ Guide to Education Spending

Trenton, NJ, April 26, 2017 — The New Jersey Department of Education last month released the 2017 Taxpayers’ Guide to Education Spending.

“The annual spending guide is a tool designed to provide transparency to New Jerseyans about how schools spend their taxpayer dollars to educate students,” said Acting Education Commissioner Kimberley Harrington.

The Taxpayers’ Guide to Education Spending includes two types of total expenditures for school districts’ annual budgets: Continue reading

Five New Jersey Students Are Among 161 High School Students Named as 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars

Washington, DC, May 22, 2017 — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos on May 5 announced the 53rd class of U.S. Presidential Scholars, recognizing 161 high school seniors for their accomplishments in academics, the arts and career and technical education fields.

Five of this year’s honorees hail from New Jersey:

  • Sanjana Duggirala, East Windsor – Mercer Cty Tech Schools – Health Science Academy
  • Winona H. Guo, Princeton – Princeton High School
  • Lianah Sta. Ana, Freehold – Howell High School
  • Gavin P. Lifrieri, Fort Lee – Fort Lee High School
  • Benjamin Wenzelberg, Tenafly – Tenafly High School

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NJ Secretary of Higher Education Rochelle Hendricks: ’65 by ’25’: Many Paths, One Future

Rochelle Hendricks

Trenton, NJ, May 8, 2017New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education Rochelle Hendricks writes in her April 2017 newsletter:

As the semester draws to a close, I hope you will enjoy our special issue this month on what New Jersey’s colleges and universities are doing to enhance opportunities for students interested in careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

STEM jobs are the jobs of the future, with more than 200,000 STEM-related positions needing to be filled by 2025.  This represents both a challenge and an opportunity. Continue reading

Rep. Donald Norcross Announces Rowan University Receives $1.2 Million Grant to Help Recruit STEM Teachers for South NJ Schools

Glassboro, NJ, May 6, 2017 — Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01) on May 5 announced that Rowan University was awarded $1,200,000 from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program for a new science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educator recruitment and preparation program.

The program encourages talented STEM graduates and professionals to become K-12 teachers at local public schools.

“This grant isn’t just an investment in our local students and schools, it’s an investment in our entire area and workforce,” said Rep. Norcross. Continue reading

U.S. News & World Report Includes 25 NJ High Schools in Nation’s 500 Best List

Trenton, NJ, April 30, 2017 — Adam Clark reports in The Star-Ledger/NJ.com that U.S. News & World Report released its annual ranking of America’s best high schools on April 25, and 25 New Jersey schools made the top 500, including three in the top 100.

High Technology High School in Monmouth County, a small academy with selective enrollment, led New Jersey, placing 16th in the nation.

It also ranked as the nation’s best specialized school for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) for the third-straight year. Continue reading

Rowan College at Burlington County Student Anna Wilson Earns Top Female Student in Statewide Mathematics Competition

(Clockwise, starting from left front) Rowan College students Tommy O’Shaunessy, Anna Wilson, Cheyanne Kelly, and Pingping Song

Mount Laurel, NJ, April 20, 2017 — A Rowan College at Burlington County (RCBC) student recently earned distinction as the Top Female Student in a statewide mathematics competition featuring top math students from two- and four-year colleges in the region.

Anna Wilson, 18, of Shamong, tied for ninth place overall out of 77 students, making her the first RCBC student to place in the top 10 at the New Jersey Undergraduate Mathematics Competition, which also earned her a tie for the Top Female Student at the competition.

Wilson was among eight students, also including Pingping Song, Tommy O’Shaughnessy, Caitlin Proto, Jonathan Zablin, Cheyanne Kelly, Bryan Bugyi and Liam Doherty, who participated in the competition at The College of New Jersey in Ewing after months of preparation. Continue reading

Opinion: NJIT President on ‘NJIT Directed Research Presents Opportunity for Higher Ed and Industry’

Dr. Joel S. Bloom

Newark, NJ, April 17, 2017New Jersey Institute of Technology President Joel S. Bloom writes on NJBIZ:

Near the close of World War II, Vannevar Bush, a science adviser to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, presented a vision for government-funded basic research to be conducted at American universities, with the products of that work to be developed for market application by the nation’s industries.

This represented the birth of the research mission at an expanded number of universities, as well as distinct enterprises for research and development. Major corporations successfully adopted such an approach, where scientists at entities like AT&T’s Bell Labs conducted basic research that was later molded into market-ready commercial products. Continue reading

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Announces Key Department Appointments

Washington, DC, April 16, 2017 — Alyson Klein and Andrew Ujifusa report on Education Week blog that U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has announced a slate of hires for key positions in the department.

Many of these folks have been working in the Education Department since the beginning of the Trump administration, but now they will have more formal, official roles.

None of these folks have received formal nominations from the White House, and will not need Senate confirmation to step into their roles. Continue reading