Dr. Richard Tomko, Superintendent of Belleville Public Schools in Belleville, N.J., visits science teacher Paul Aiello’s Medical Academy Field Experience class on Tuesday, January 10, 2023. The Medical Academy’s class uses Anatamoge tables, an anatomy visualization system that allows students to garner a deeper, comprehensive understanding of the human body and medical tools to prepare them for careers in the medical field.
Richard Tomko, superintendent of Belleville Public Schools in Belleville, N.J., has expanded academic programs while restoring trust in the school system.
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Early Childhood Q&A An Investment in Early-Childhood Education Is Paying Off Big
Richard Tomko believes that expanding the early education pipeline buffers schools against enrollment loss and academic struggles.
Sarah D. Sparks, February 6, 2023
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Early Childhood Which States Offer Universal Pre-K? It's More Complicated Than You Might Think
Universal pre-K is growing in popularity. Here are the states that have already established universal preschool programs or policies.
Libby Stanford, January 25, 2023
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A multi-ethnic group of preschool students is sitting with their legs crossed on the floor in their classroom. The mixed-race female teacher is sitting on the floor facing the children. The happy kids are smiling and following the teacher's instructions. They have their arms raised in the air.
Early Childhood As Head Start Quality Push Continues, Advocates Raise Red Flag on Equity
Inadequate federal funding forces Head Start providers to choose between quality and quantity, a new report contends.
Evie Blad, December 1, 2022
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School Choice & Charters Charter School Enrollment Holds Steady After Big Early Pandemic Growth
The numbers show that most students who left their district schools in the first year of the pandemic did not return.
Lauraine Langreo, November 30, 2022
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Classroom Technology Remote Learning Linked to Declines in Achievement, Enrollment
Districts that stuck longer to fully remote learning have seen larger enrollment and learning losses, a study finds.
Mark Lieberman, November 28, 2022
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School & District Management Opinion School Closures Are Coming. What Not to Do
Student-achievement growth should trump low enrollment and failing buildings in making closure decisions, write two researchers.
Douglas N. Harris & Valentina Martinez-Pabon, November 28, 2022
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School & District Management Opinion Public School Enrollment Is Down by More Than a Million. Why?
For many leaders, learning recovery should also mean adapting to enrollment changes, cautions researcher Thomas S. Dee.
Thomas S. Dee, November 2, 2022
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Equity & Diversity From Our Research Center Suburban Schools Saw Huge Drops in White Enrollment During the Pandemic
Suburban public schools lost 5 percent of their white students in a single year, a new EdWeek Research Center analysis found.
Benjamin Herold & Xinchun Chen, August 29, 2022
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School & District Management What the Research Says Public School Enrollment Continues to Stagnate
Last fall's enrollment figures were still well below pre-pandemic levels, new federal data show.
Sarah D. Sparks, August 16, 2022
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School & District Management Opinion Start the School Year With Purpose. Here Are 5 Priorities
Despite the challenges educators face, they know how to improve schools for students and teachers, writes an education professor.
Tyrone C. Howard, August 12, 2022
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School & District Management Statistics Update: New Trends in Enrollment, Virtual Schooling, and Special Education
New data in EdWeek's statistics pages point to changes in where students are attending school and the services they're getting.
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School & District Management School Enrollment Crashed in Fall 2020, the Steepest Drop Since 1943
That COVID-era decline is one of the key takeaways from the latest trove of federal education data.
Libby Stanford, June 8, 2022
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Budget & Finance Schools Got Tons of Federal COVID Money. Why Some Are Laying Off Anyway
The realities of school district finance is clashing with the mainstream idea that schools are all flush with cash.
Mark Lieberman, March 30, 2022
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School & District Management What the Research Says More Than a Million Students 'Never Showed Up' Last School Year. Here's What We Know About Them
Three-quarters of public school teachers reported more students unaccounted for in 2020-21 than the year before.
Sarah D. Sparks, March 23, 2022
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