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Preparing for the 2020-21 school year: Close the digital divide

Our world has been revolutionized by a growing reliance on computers. While this shift has been largely beneficial to education, many of our most vulnerable groups have been left behind. Governor Murphy called it, “an untenable divide. It is not a cost we can ignore, we must address it now.” The reality of the matter is that the divide cuts across racial and economic lines. Students of color and those who are economically disadvantaged are usually the ones that find themselves either lacking devices, connectivity, or both. The state of New Jersey has recently taken important strides in making sure all students have access to the support they need to access the digital world. This is vital with the reality of remote learning being a permanent part of school reopenings this fall.

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New Jersey Educator Workforce Series: Why don’t we know more about our educator workforce?

There is a difference between data and information. You can be data rich but information poor. In New Jersey, we currently collect a plethora of data from our communities, businesses and school districts. But we are information poor when it comes to understanding staffing and retention trends in our educator workforce — the individuals who staff our schools and school districts.