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Max April 13, 2014 at 10:40 am
. . . .and a hearty congratulations to Mr McGill for his outstanding achievement! A visit to eachRead More offering university, keeping a critical eye on culture, values, and goals, as well as on individuals and opportunities, should facilitate your decision.
Larry Cohen April 13, 2014 at 05:47 pm
Mike April 17, 2014 at 04:07 pm
Yes, ED, college acceptance rates must be a conspiracy against womyn. But when it comes to the factRead More that well over 90% of K-5 teachers are female, it's ok to represent the applicant pool. And that the prison population does not reflect the demographics of the country is also a conspiracy and has nothing to do with who commits crimes. Keep treating people like victims and they'll keep acting like victims.
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!
factchecker April 17, 2014 at 07:08 pm
Because the others will languish in underfunded schools that most people won't care about. I wouldRead More much rather see reform in the public schools so that all children can thrive. Not trying to shortchange good students.
golfer April 18, 2014 at 01:38 am
So factchecker, you're in favor of lowering the common denominator for exceptional students, down toRead More the level of students from well-funded inner-city students, who have less-talented teachers, that simply indoctrinate the kids with WHAT to think, so they can pass a test! Boy, that really makes sense.
Brian Hurrel April 18, 2014 at 06:27 am
@golfer: Please provide proof of your contention that charter school teachers are superior to publicRead More school teachers. Some charter schools have yearly turnover rates approaching 50%. This hardly makes for a stable environment or any kind of continuity. Charters also pay less and many are so desperate for staff, due to their lack of protections, benefits, and in some cases deplorable working conditions, not to mention unqualified administrators, that they will hire anyone who comes in the door. There are good charter schools but there are just as many bad ones as well. Why do you think some of them get shut down? You then cast aspersions on the motives of public school supporters. Frankly you sound like a paid shill for reformists. Or a conspiracy theorist with you "indoctrination" nonsense. Save the insults next time any there's a chance you might be taken seriously.
Parent April 7, 2014 at 06:45 am
This one just pisses me off, no Social-get one or get out-. Good for the district. If you are aRead More legal and you pay tax, have a DL ect., then this should be an easy one. F-in liberal BS, lets not hurt anyones feelings.
John Santaella April 10, 2014 at 08:45 pm
Baaaaaa. Baaaaaa.
makemyday April 16, 2014 at 12:59 pm
As a citizen, I have to prove who I am, prove where I live, where I was born in order to get aRead More drivers license. Years ago, I had to prove my kids had their shots, show their SS# and birth certificate to register for school. So why don't foreigners have to prove they are here legally before they reap the benefits of our country? Just asking?
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?
Kristin DiStefano February 28, 2014 at 06:29 am
Tom, I have no problem with cameras. And I believe in school choice. And as I said earlier, I don'tRead More have tenure as a private school teacher. Many of our ideas are not so different...
Social issues in Morristown Blog March 2, 2014 at 10:18 am
http://socialissuesinmotown.blogspot.com/ please visit our blog on illegal immigration!
Social issues in Morristown Blog March 2, 2014 at 10:18 am
http://socialissuesinmotown.blogspot.com/ please visit our blog on illegal immigration!
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
http://socialissuesinmotown.blogspot.com/ please visit our blog on illegal immigration!
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.
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Eliot W. Collins January 29, 2014 at 02:27 pm
The 2% cap must not be exceeded for any reason.
JP Bridgewater January 29, 2014 at 02:54 pm
Change is hard- I don't doubt that the process will be challenging. But we owe it to futureRead More generations to come together to discuss options. Refusing to engage in a conversation, without having full knowledge of all aspects of the issue (I'd like to learn as well!) will not serve our district well.
Christen Spirocostas Heiden January 29, 2014 at 07:49 pm
Thank you for running this poll. There are many opinions on this thread and it will be nice to seeRead More the results of a community poll. As a parent of three children who all will be entering into kindergarten over the next couple of years, I am hopeful that we as a community recognize the need for supporting our children. Thanks again for running this!
Parents working to keep pressure on the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional Board of Education to expand kindergarten classes have launched a Change.org petition. Credit: Getty
Stacey Friedlander January 26, 2014 at 08:14 pm
JP and Marissa - please know that your concerns are in touch with reality. Unfortunately Jane andRead More Gerianne are not aware of the realities of Kindergarten and from what I'm reading, I bet they haven't a child in the elementary system, especially Kindergarten in a long time. If they did, they would know that many of the things they've mentioned do not exist in the Kindergarten of the new Millenium (rest time etc.). The demands placed on our teachers AND children in the age of the Common Core ARE the reality AND the age of having two working parents is. I think the links that JP posted are crucial for understanding and discussion. I believe her posts were ignored and not read, if they had been, this could be a discussion based more on facts and realities and not the Kndergarten of yesteryear.
M R January 27, 2014 at 03:02 pm
I had a child in half day kindergarten 40 years ago. At that time the economy was such that I couldRead More be a stay at home mommy. But still, we had to live on a tight budget in a very modest house with a lower end used car. My parents had a clothing store and helped us immensely by supplying my husband and child with most of their clothing. My child had a wonderful teacher but could have benefited from a full day program. I had been a teacher, so I was able to help her learn to read when she found herself ready and was almost self taught at age 4. Now I would never have been able to stay home even living frugally with the tight economy and outrageous taxes. And my child would have needed more schooling to gain the skills she would need in today's competitive job market. I am sad for today's families that moms do not have that one on one time to spend doing crafts, cooking, shopping, and all those fun and educational activities my child and I shared. But we have to admit to the realities and do what we have to do to provide children with the most effective tools to move into their adult years. Stacey, thank you for opening this forum, and as an older parent, I see where you are coming from. I do not begrudge one penny of my taxes that go to improving our schools. Kudos to parents like you, JP and Marissa for voicing your concerns and hopefully influencing other young parents to be as active advocates for their children.
Stacey Friedlander January 29, 2014 at 08:31 am
Take the poll: http://bridgewater.patch.com/groups/schools/p/hot-topic-fullday-kindergarten
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Metoo January 16, 2014 at 04:05 pm
Great, more government...
M R January 17, 2014 at 01:59 pm
This can have such a ripple effect. There are many colleges and universities offering summerRead More school classes timed to coincide with public schools closing to enable teachers to work on advanced degrees and high school juniors and seniors to get a jump start on earning college credits. Whatever our governor says, most of us teachers through the years had to take teaching positions after our bachelors degrees to eat and pay the rent and work on masters and doctorates during the summer, as most post grad degrees require a certain number of credits done on campus. Back in my teaching days we could do some correspondence credits, as now they can be done on line. But this does not work for any science lab courses among others. There are also grant programs offering high school students the opportunity to study abroad in the summer. Would a longer school year freeze out our New Jersey students? And families plan vacations including having time shares to coincide with school vacations. Having full year school will undoubtedly affect the travel industry. If more of the current school day were devoted to education a longer year would not be needed, either. When I was teaching, granted many years ago, kids were constantly being dismissed early for athletic event practice or "away" games, for band practice, for poorly planned visits to doctors, all resulting in interrupted schooling. Don't start me on the families that would take vacations that involved kids missing days of school to ski or go on a cruise. And expect the teacher to either excuse the little dear or to do extra work making up what the child missed. And with this extra time in the classroom, would teachers and administrators be paid pro rata for the additional time? I do know some administrators are paid for a longer year and spend summers scheduling the following year's classes and bus routes and interviewing prospective new teachers as part if their contracted duties. Where will the money come from to install air conditioning in schools that will need that to make summer school feasible? And to pay for the increased utility costs, janitorial services, busing requirements, cafeteria expenses, etc.? Being the most highly taxed state is not an honor. And this would push the burden on the tax payer to greater levels. It is easy to give lip service to what sounds like a great plan at first hearing, but implementing that plan with the best results takes thought and planning. It almost sounds like another swat at demonizing teachers, a favorite pastime for some people. The proverb says to walk in someone else's shoes for a a day before you criticize that person. Goes double for good teachers. Dump on teachers enough, and the good ones will leave for more rewarding work. When I left teaching I worked a longer year for less money, but I was appreciated and had a challenging job where I made decisions without being second guessed by a principal, parents, a board of education, and others that led to the status quo. A creative innovative teacher I know was constantly being shot down with "we don't do things that way" although he was extremely effective. He retired as early as he could and has not looked bad. Had perhaps another ten productive years left in him, too. When I see him around town he has a big smile on his face.
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