For the second year in a row, New Jersey has released its controversial rating system that graded every school on a 1-100 scale — a system educators say paints an incomplete picture of the state's 2,100 schools (see entire list below). The new ratings, which were released Wednesday, were established to comply with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which replaced the controversial No Child Left Behind Act. The ratings for high schools are based on graduation and absenteeism rates and PARCC scores, while elementary and middle school scores are based on absenteeism, PARCC and student progress on PARCC tests, according to the state Department of Education. ESSA was enacted in 2015, and it was intended to "build on key areas of progress in recent years, made possible by the efforts of educators, communities, parents, and students across the country," according to the U.S. Department of Education. Frank Belluscio, a spokesman for the New Jersey School Boards Association, … [Read more...] about Every NJ School Graded In Newly Released State Report: Your Rank?
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The 2018-19 TV season is upon us, so here is Deadline’s annual rundown of fall premiere dates for new and returning series. The list covers hundreds of broadcast, cable and streaming shows bowing between September 1 and December 31 and some high-profile one-off programs. Please send any additions or adjustments to [email protected] We’ll update the post as more dates are revealed. Related Summer Premiere Dates For New & Returning Series: 2018 Edition September 1:College Gameday (ESPN, new season) September 2:The Last Defense (Investigation Discovery, new true-crime docuseries) September 3:Live with Kelly and Ryan (ABC, Season 31)Baked (Food Network, new docuseries)Twisted Sisters (Investigation Discovery, new docuseries)Dr. Phil (syndication, Season 17)The People’s Court (syndication, Season 22)Judge Mathis (syndication, Season 20) September 4:The View (ABC, Season 22)Mayans M.C. (FX, new … [Read more...] about Fall Premiere Dates For New & Returning Series On Broadcast, Cable & Streaming
Broadway, Wagner’s “Ring,” the opening of the Shed: what our critics and writers are looking forward to this Broadway | Off Broadway | Classical Music | Pop Music | Dance Broadway ‘TOOTSIE’ What’s wrong with musical comedy? Generally, the music. And the comedy. Which may be why most of the best musicals of the last decade — “Fun Home,” “Hamilton,” “The Band’s Visit” — have been serious indeed. The art of being funny on the beat is mostly a lost one. But David Yazbek, the songwriter behind the musical comedies “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” and “The Full Monty,” maintains the magic. Even his score for “The Band’s Visit,” mostly drenched in melancholy, has moments of lyrical hilarity. Let’s just say “marrow” and “pharaoh” never thought of rhyming until he insisted. That’s the top reason (among several) I have high hopes … [Read more...] about What to See in New York City This Spring
There is a moment for Aesha Ash when dance becomes freedom. When the exterior world crumbles into nothingness and she is left with only body and soul, alone yet in rhythm with the universe. A classically trained ballerina, Aesha Ash has experienced this moment on some of the world's grandest stages. Her ever-present stage fright, those nerves that quaked before every performance—no matter how many times she'd danced the dance—could only be stilled by the art that she so loves. The audience before her, the waiting crowd that at first seemed vast and intimidating, would, in those freeing moments, "become an abyss for me. I would really just feel like I was alone and in this empty dark room," Ash said. "There is this release that happens. There is this escape almost; the world sort of falls around you and you get lost. … You lose yourself and it is an expression of another part of you that doesn't come out in your day-to-day." That freedom is so powerful that, for that … [Read more...] about Aesha Ash danced her way from a modest life in Rochester to the New York City Ballet
Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Photos: Cole Anthony wins City of Palms Dunk Contest over Malachi Widema... Fullscreen Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Buy Photo Cole Anthony dunks in the finals of the City of Palms Classic dunk contest on Wednesday, December 19, 2018, at Florida Southwestern State College in Fort Myers. Anthony was the winner. Amanda Inscore/The News-Press Buy Photo Fullscreen Buy Photo Cole Anthony celebrates after winning the City of Palms Classic dunk contest on Wednesday, December 19, 2018, at Florida Southwestern State College in Fort Myers. Amanda Inscore/The News-Press Buy Photo Fullscreen Buy Photo Darrick Jones, Jr. dunks after catching a pass from fellow dunk contest competitor Cole Anthony in the City of Palms Classic Dunk Contest on Wednesday, December 19, 2018, at Florida Southwestern State College in Fort Myers. Amanda Inscore/The News-Press Buy Photo Fullscreen Buy … [Read more...] about Joe Girard and Cole Anthony light up City of Palms Classic 3-point, dunk contests