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Concerned Citizen April 23, 2014 at 04:24 pm
No doubt after seeing this, the River Dell HS BOE will be recommending another undeserved raise forRead More their superintendent. Shame on them for the last raise with nothing to show for it. Too bad Gov Christie hasn't been able to address some of the problems in NJ such as TOO MANY SCHOOL DISTRICTS! SCHOOL TAX INEQUITY! Congrats to the schools on the list. Especially the non-application schools. Well done.
jp1 April 23, 2014 at 04:44 pm
Seems to be old news .
mommy1 April 23, 2014 at 06:06 pm
public and private should be seperate
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John Santaella April 24, 2014 at 01:29 am
The Pilgrims left England because of religious persecution but they did not come here, they went toRead More Holland were there was tolerance. But, lo and behold, the Dutch also had tolerance for Jews and the Pilgrims could not tolerate that. Then they came over here. And, if you recall they burned 'witches' at the stake. Wonderful tolerant Pilgrims. If you believe Pilgrims came here to avoid persecution I'll bet you believe George Washington chopped down a cherry tree.
John Santaella April 24, 2014 at 01:31 am
God is shaking her head at all this intolerance. I'll bet she's on Prozac right now
Tom Abbott April 24, 2014 at 01:57 am
Though not certain, it seems you are conflating the Pilgrims and the Puritans who were distinctRead More groups. If you are referring to the Salem witch trials that would be the Puritans. I don't recall any references to Pilgrims either burning witches or leaving Holland because of the Jews. I'm curious whether you have sources for that.
Millsey April 23, 2014 at 08:30 pm
Rick, what are you looking to accomplish? Your end quote is a bit too much like Braveheart. CommonRead More Core was created to set common goals and objectives for each class grade across the country. I don't see a problem with my kids having the same opportunities as someone else. I hope you'd want your kids to have the same education as someone that goes to a school 50 miles away. Teachers still have the flexibility to teach how they want to teach. There's just an end goal that the students should reach at the end of the year. That's not so bad, is it?
Pete Mock April 23, 2014 at 09:26 pm
doubleclick, I believe the first time you posted your rumor the mods deleted it, and rightly so. NotRead More sure what your motivation is and why you seem so bent on posting a rumor. If you have some information post it, but don't deal in rumors. Speak of what you know and don't make stuff up.
Lisa April 23, 2014 at 09:58 pm
I'm not a teacher but an aide in district. I wish parents could see just how much "educationalRead More time" is spent on learning how to "master the test." And this is TOLD to be done. But as for children getting the same opportunities. They are. But what happens if the child doesn't take the opportunity? What happens if a teacher has a class of 19 students and 2 don't speak English very well as they have only been here a year? 1 is just a disrespectful wise guy who just looks for ways to disrupt the class constantly? 1 is a class clown and falls off his chair just to get the clsss laughing or gives the most ridiculous answer and is smiling about it because he knows everyone is going to laugh? or the 2 who CLEARLY should be classified but are not because they are "just above" what can be classified? or the kids who work is modified all year but when the test is given must take the SAME tests as everyone else in the same amount of time? I hate to see these kids when they take these tests. Who's almost in tears becasue they only read on a 2nd grade level but have to take the 5th grade test? or the kid who panics on a regular math test and now has to sit for 2 hours doing math? I'm all for testing kids for growth in what they are learning and having "each and every child have the same opportunity". But what is happening with these tests is not that! The PARCC is the next one to make its debut. The children will have a 1/2 hour to read 1 or possibly 2 reading passages and then TYPE a response all in 30 minutes! How do you expect a child to read and type a 2 paragrph response when they don't take a typing class to learn that skill? we took one of our classes into the computer lab to see how they would do. They had to type a paragraph they had written. We were there 35 minutes and one boy had six sentences and the rest had anywhere from one to two sentences! One girl had typed 4 sentences and then hit something and erased her whole answer! If they haven't mastered typing they shouldn't have to do this on the test. I've told my daughter to keep her kids out of the test, but I know they will be pressured to send her to raise the school's scores. It isn't required to pass from one grade to the next and she already tests in the 97th percentile in STAR testing. My daughter knows what my granddaughter knows, she doesn't need to be subjected to the crazy pressures of these standardized tests.
Parent April 7, 2014 at 06:40 am
Grow up and become an adult!
Edubb April 7, 2014 at 11:43 pm
The real news is if she's going to prom and what her dress looks like...
Mrgrumpass April 16, 2014 at 09:19 am
She will drop out and become a pol dancer!
Lulu's Mom April 23, 2014 at 04:48 pm
Global Warming is not settled nor accepted by all scientists.
WMS826 April 23, 2014 at 08:12 pm
Political correctness is used by liberals to further their own socialist/ communist agenda and notRead More teach things accurately. Teaching children that America is bad, that the USA flag is offensive, that religion is a myth, that social justice is real and should be administered. Talking about white privilege and lies about our founding fathers and the birth of our country. Text books have been re written to be inclusive at the expense of accuracy. The classroom is being used to further teachers political agendas while less and less time is focused on the basics. P/C is liberal brainwashing anywhere it is. Chicago is a perfect example of a failed society under liberals.
Brian Hurrel April 23, 2014 at 08:44 pm
Please provide a specific example of teaching children that America is bad, that the USA flag isRead More offensive, that religion is a myth, that social justice is real and should be administered, white privilege and lies about our founding fathers and the birth of our country. School. Curriculum. Texts used. Specific quotes from the lesson.
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk April 22, 2014 at 04:12 pm
Marie, why are you conditioned to think that someone that needs pay more taxes because they have aRead More larger house? Why do you think that is fair? Why do you think that if someone spends money keeping their house nice, they need to be penalized with higher taxes? Shouldn't someone should be allowed to keep their house nice? So according to you, it is fair if I buy a house and let the paint go and let the place degenerate and I can have my taxes lowered. you are brilliant.
John Santaella April 22, 2014 at 04:16 pm
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk it doesn't work that way. Ask your town assessor about that.
Marie Intili April 22, 2014 at 05:49 pm
I didnt say you have to pay more taxes if you have a bigger house! Or a nicer house...you areRead More taking my words out of context! A two family home that is zoned for two families should only have two families living in it! Not 10 families! Thats all I said...I said nothing about letting your paint go or getting penelized with a higher tax because of size.....only what its zoned for!
High school graduation. (Patch file photo)
Betty Boop March 13, 2014 at 09:34 pm
That is why most colleges award Merit Money based upon SAT scores.
Legion March 13, 2014 at 11:46 pm
If this is true my dog could probably be eligible if he went through the Brick school system.
Rick Ricky March 15, 2014 at 02:05 pm
Schools in general is nothing but fakes. Not even close to accurate. To many reasons to list. YouRead More have to many dishonest people involved in the outcome in changes that shouldn't be. Yes, schools play to make it look one way that is not even close to what it should be. They rig the outcome to make their school look good for certain students who they might have a connection with in some way. You can have students who rank higher in lower level classes that are not even close in comparison that has no business being 2 or 3 in a class.
SH Resident March 15, 2014 at 12:22 am
Hey Joe-90% tax rate existed with a number of signifigant loopholes that resulted in a nominal taxRead More rate in the mid 40s for the highest earners...stop getting your talking points from MSNBC and think for yourself. and even if you took every dollar from the top 10% of earners in this nation, we would still have a deficit...spending is the issue, not revenue....do you get that fact or does your hatred for the wealthy cloud your ability to digest reality...
Joe R March 15, 2014 at 08:51 am
Hey SH, in the 1950s, the top marginal tax rate was 91% and the effective tax rate was about 51%Read More after the loopholes. Oh, so we don't have loopholes today??!? Ha, ha, ha. The current top marginal tax rate is 39.6% but that's before all the loopholes. The effective tax rate is even lower than 39.6%. JFK eliminated many of the loopholes and reduced the top marginal tax rate to 74%. That works for me.
SH Resident March 15, 2014 at 07:02 pm
Joe-I will agree to raise the marginal tax rate to 50%...what programs other than defense do youRead More propose to cut? Exactly none is probably your answer...cutting defense and raising taxes does not get us to a balanced budget...we need to cut spending...you socialists never seem to get that point...and moreover, how about EVERYONE has some skin in the game and has to pay some income tax.... you will never want to cut spending on social programs because then how will you bribe low information voters to win elections?
Social issues in Morristown Blog March 2, 2014 at 10:18 am
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Bob Roberts April 21, 2014 at 10:30 am
Don't stop at snow days; replace the entire mess with online learning.
Bob Roberts April 21, 2014 at 10:37 am
@ Kristin DiStefano - Your grammar is atrocious and have you heard of paragraphs? P.S. you are aRead More teacher, not a counselor - stay in your own lane. That is the biggest problem with the façade that is today's "teaching profession". Today's schools are nothing but codependent social engineering facilities.
Emily February 14, 2014 at 11:57 am
Who wants to listen to that at 5:a.m. in the morning. I would have hung up. Not cute. Save your soRead More called talent for the school talent show.
anonymous February 15, 2014 at 01:13 am
I thought this was very funny. I even played it back for friends as we danced around the room. IRead More believe it is the quirky stuff in life that makes it all worth it. We all need a giggle every now and then and this passed dumb and went 180 degrees back to funny. If you want to see serious meet us in Washington DC March 16th 2014 for a mass protest against corruption when the mace and flashbangs start being thrown by police you will have a new respect for the little giggles in life. anonymous
Social issues in Morristown Blog March 2, 2014 at 10:19 am
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Rick Ricky February 13, 2014 at 09:52 am
Jim, Geez you are the one who can't be that ignorant yourself. You couldn't be more wrong and inRead More denial. Nothing jives with any of these tests. They compare SAT's and some schools average 1535 total and think that is good. I think that score is unacceptable. Just a little over what the state requires. The H.S. do little or just enough to get by. Just passing is good enough for them. You have schools who some considered top schools bragging how great they are getting average sat's at 1545. @Speedz..You are right on and I agree it is hard to figure out what makes sense versus real.
esther March 3, 2014 at 12:02 am
Here's what I measure when considering schools- and this applies directly to Montclair and allRead More districts- Has my child been taught to be an independent thinker, an active problem solver, willing to take on challenges, work as part of a team, and the confidence to work independently? Has my child met a teacher who has motivated him/her to be their best academic self and created a lifelong learner? That's how success is measured. Numbers/statistic can be tugged, pulled, hidden, adjusted, and manipulated. The cold hard facts that your child has the attributes previously listed above is the true measure. That's done here in Montclair and other districts in New Jersey and beyond- or at least it was true before the core curriculum standards and the broads invaded.
ED April 12, 2014 at 11:54 am
esther, You have a few things right. Numbers/Statistics can be tugged, pulled, hidden, adjusted andRead More manipulated. By Who? The same people who are running the schools and handing in these reports. Everything in NJ is corrupted.
Sharon February 1, 2014 at 06:46 am
CAMI Anderson is the worst thing that could ever have happened to the Newark Public School System.Read More Ir after years of state control, our students are still failing, Newark needs to take back control. our students, our schools! CAMI and Christi both need to be replaced. Rise up Brick City ...take back control of our kids, our schools our Future
Anthony Scala February 13, 2014 at 11:14 pm
Newark schools where failing before the state took over and will l not change for the better if theyRead More got control back.
Shavar Jeffries.
brainiac January 22, 2014 at 11:05 am
It scares me to think about what would happen if ShavRamos were mayor and they didn't have fiveRead More weeks to consult with their advisers when a crisis struck? On December 14, Councilman Baraka stated his opposition to school closures. That's five weeks ago. That's leadership.
Hawthorne Avenue School, whose principal was suspended for, according to sources, speaking out against the One Newark plan.
chappel.bill January 21, 2014 at 05:57 pm
Free speech suspended in Newark by Governor Christies appointed overseer. What is next,Read More suspending democracy as in Detroit?
Alex C February 17, 2014 at 12:15 pm
I don't want NJ to be a full on right to work. I am actually against full on right to work as I seeRead More it as meddling in private business, which I am just as opposed too as I am public sector unions. I believe it should be right to work for the public sector. That's it. Also, I am educated enough in economics and history to know that unions alone did not lead to better working conditions in the U.S., and that if you eliminated all unions tomorrow, we would not return to the dangerous factories, and long hours, because we are at a point culturally that would never allow that. The unions have by and large outlived their usefulness. But again, whatever a private company wants to do is literally their business. My only issue is with public sector unions.
Phil Brooks February 18, 2014 at 01:32 pm
Alex, No, we won't return to the days of Triangle Shirtwaist as there are myriad OHSA rules to takeRead More care of that. But, eliminate collective bargaining and other agreed upon contractual terms and we will definitely take a step back. Sorry, but I feel big business alone won't take care of their employees, as it's profits first. They need a checks and balances system that unions provide. // Public sector unions? I see your point but, as there are so many people doing the same jobs (are you going to negotiate with every teacher, policeman, fireman and DPW worker individually?), collective bargaining is probably the way to go. But there should be provisions in place as to where every dollar of dues goes and you can check off where (or not) you want your dues money to go. How does that sound?
Liberty February 19, 2014 at 09:44 am
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