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Say goodbye to the scantron. The PARCC, set to roll out next year, is administered entirely online. Patch file photo.
Pete Mock April 10, 2014 at 12:07 pm
Rex Ryan, you assume all schools have computer labs. Many wealthier districts had already investedRead More heavily in their computers and networks, and for them PARCC will force and upgrade. Many poorer districts have wanted the same capability but don't have the funding, and now they are being forced to find the money. The irony is that now the poorer districts will have these machines by mandate, but their use will be limited due to the amount of time spent on administering the test. We have this so backwards, and by the time the mess makers leave office (and join the very companies being hired to clean up the mess - see Chris Cerf) we'll be past the point of no return.
Pete Mock April 10, 2014 at 12:18 pm
I would encourage Superintendent Fishbein to get in touch with members of the Bloomfield Board ofRead More Education, specifically Dan Anderson, and also Nick Ditoli the Director of Personel. About a year ago our board passed a resolution, and I believe the only NJ BoE to do this, as being opposed to high stakes testing (the PARCC)... http://www.northjersey.com/news/bloomfield-boe-wants-assessments-re-examined-1.611063 Our board recently took on several new members, and I was very happy to hear that they share the same view. I think the rest of NJ is finally coming around.
Rex Ryan April 11, 2014 at 09:03 am
Great point Pete Mock.
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.
Brian March 27, 2014 at 10:14 am
No. Summer camps or care programs start then. Plus after Memorial Day there are more flex days,Read More etc. for many employees.
kevin March 28, 2014 at 11:32 am
All for getting out on June 18th!
Martin Walker March 28, 2014 at 05:46 pm
I totally agree w Big Momma bc I also want more winter holidays with my kids. Why not combine NJRead More Teacher's conference w an abbreviated Feb break? I respect other's opinions, however, and in fairness think whoever's in the majority should prevail. Sometimes it seems things get decided in Ridgewood for whoever just makes the most noise. I hope it not the case here.
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?
Credit: Dad's Night.
jp1 March 6, 2014 at 08:00 am
DD and Patch can you do something about the foul mouth?
Citizen of America March 6, 2014 at 08:22 am
Once again, the nattering nabobs of negativism find something to complain about in the Village. EvenRead More a volunteer organization that raises money for schools and helps our children is the target for their chronic crankiness.
DD March 6, 2014 at 08:45 am
What's the "great cause?" I see no complaints here, other than a comment on taxes, whichRead More is nothing new and certainly not surprising. Perhaps you're seeing things that you want to see to make yourself feel better. I'm pretty sure that's exactly it. Everyone else is "negative" and "cranky" and you are high-minded and on the side of good. Typical.
DD March 10, 2014 at 10:23 pm
Gillian's comment, of course, makes no sense, and is not supported by anything. Flawed analysis, atRead More best. Random opinion, at worse.
Ridgewood Mom March 11, 2014 at 06:39 am
I think it would be great to have a real discussion about using whole foods or accommodating specialRead More dietary needs in future school lunch service contracts. In the meantime, parents can send whatever they want, within reason, to school with their children in the morning.
Mikka H March 14, 2014 at 06:02 pm
Whole foods?...? Ridgewood mom is just that , another Ridgewood Betty spewing. Valet parkingRead More service.......pull your kaminski hat over your empty Head please.....my god......
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
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Social issues in Morristown Blog March 2, 2014 at 10:18 am
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Willard February 14, 2014 at 05:31 pm
Real nice COA...hey look, Sarah Palin is on Fox News! Hurry, let's get down to the bunker!
Long Time Resident February 14, 2014 at 08:30 pm
Hey Clueless in America, I see your puppet strings are still working. How much alcohol have you hadRead More to drink today? Killing those brain cells every day now aren't you.....LOL
jp1 February 15, 2014 at 10:56 am
How about some enforcement on business owners in the CBD to clean there sidewalks or does this notRead More matter. Certainly no help from our mediocre mayor.
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.
DD February 12, 2014 at 10:58 am
It's safe to say Saturdays wouldn't happen for a variety of reasons.
sandy February 13, 2014 at 08:00 am
Actually, many years ago, we did have make up days on Saturdays. Now many more students workRead More Saturday jobs. I don't think the Union would object. After all, the teachers are giving up their Spring Break too.
DD February 13, 2014 at 10:37 am
Many years ago, indeed.
Glen Rock High School.
Michael February 4, 2014 at 11:44 am
I don't have kids in GRHS anymore but dropping them off on Kirkwood was a major annoyance. The mainRead More problem is the cars/parents who refused to wait in line along the curb side. They would arrive late, zoom past 15-20 waiting cars, and then cut in to drop their kids off. It really slowed traffic down and was just incredibly rude. If the police could prevent this problem it would speed things up considerably. However, the police would actually have to enforce these new much needed regulations and, truthfully, I doubt that they will.
Brian February 4, 2014 at 02:06 pm
And you cannot have a dog in your car.
lbinanster February 4, 2014 at 06:45 pm
Hahaha Brian
Phil Brooks February 3, 2014 at 04:11 pm
Ibinanster, I'd tend to agree with you as it appears the Board of Ed in GR has become a cottageRead More industry and seemingly answerable to no one.
J.C. Lee February 3, 2014 at 05:58 pm
Even if you agree that the dog issue is a major issue, this all sounds like another meaningless ruleRead More that the town cannot ever hope to enforce in a meaningful manner. Go for a stroll (well not tonight!) and add up all the rules posted in town: 15 minute parking, 2 hour parking, 4 hour parking, don't leave your engine running, clean up after your dog, no left turn, no turn on red, just to name a few. Enough already, the signs out number every man, woman and child in Glen Rock!!!! I don't mean that everyone should do as they please, yes society needs rules to protect citizens, but we are getting a little carried away here.
you know February 4, 2014 at 03:02 pm
Show of hands - who would rather their child not come home with dog crap all over them after playingRead More in the school yard? This is an easy one, ban the dogs, let the kids play. (I am a dog owner too).
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Willard January 22, 2014 at 04:46 pm
Really? You sure do think you have all the answers don't you? I just wanted my kids to go toRead More school, you seem to just want to analyze others.
Resident25 January 22, 2014 at 05:19 pm
You were desperate for your kids to go to school. It is easy to analyze you. Reread your posts.Read More Nobody was injured and nobody died. It was just an unexpected day off. You need some perspective.
The Fly January 22, 2014 at 05:23 pm
Get it right the first time that's the main thing . . .
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The Fly January 22, 2014 at 05:19 pm
A better plan would have been to redraw the districts and move forward with the plan to relocateRead More voting out of the schools.
anne January 22, 2014 at 10:07 pm
Phil, I dont think that's right about the gambling in AC. I know seven teachers at various gradeRead More levels who work in several different districts here in NJ ... and NONE of them actually attend the convention let alone gamble while there. They go on vacation, catch up on errands ... basically anything other than whatever the lofty objectives of that convention might be ... could be my sample is skewed, though.
Phil Brooks January 23, 2014 at 01:22 pm
Anne, Well, if they're making it a four-day weekend and doing nothing that involves teaching and itRead More doesn't seem to affect them any, maybe, and judging by your small sample, that four-day weekend should be eliminated. // And, my guess is that it's not all work and no play for those who go to AC.
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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