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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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Spooner April 23, 2014 at 11:17 pm
@Sal- don't know what history books you'd been reading about Colonial America, but there wasn'tRead More religious freedom back then...
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
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.
Jennifer Simon March 24, 2014 at 09:29 pm
I have no problem with hiring teachers to fill gaps in the new curriculum...especially when it's inRead More the arts which is woefully underserved. I do have a problem with 3 vice principals which make 6 figure salaries. The amount of money spent on administrative personnel in this district (k-8 and High School) is ridiculous! Two superintendants, in k-8 two administrative special ed manager/directors (each at $140k+...and I have a special ed student). Multiple Vice Principals. It's ridiculous! I have NO problem hiring teachers but we could fund this purely through a judicial trimming of administrative personnel. I also have a problem with taking money out of the Capital Reserve. I do believe they will come back next year and claim that there isn't enough in that reserve. As I just said, there are other ways to fund the things they want to do...including trimming a top heavy administration.
roger freiday March 25, 2014 at 07:07 am
i agree with Siimon, if we cut the fat off the top feeders in the ''trough'' we could hire anyRead More number of humble ''workers''. Recall, that when Wash. Twp. wanted the BOE to cut an administrator a few years back, their answer was to let go fifty teacher's aides, people who may have actually DONE WORK. The mayor and Committee were purple, but stated that the ''BOE'' is autonomous'' (in their arrogance.)
ChangeInChester March 25, 2014 at 07:53 am
Where is that feasibility study?
Teachers filled the West Morris Central High School library on Monday, March 17.
stephaniedunshee March 22, 2014 at 07:48 am
Thank you for the Links. I had no idea and I do think they are worth clinking on to get groundedRead More in the individual salaries and pensions of those involved. Glad for this transparency. As I consider both sides of this argument, these facts were helpful to me. Could you please post the links for Chester Borough and Township too?
BHorseBarStool March 22, 2014 at 11:34 am
Great link on salaries....folks look closely....lots and lots of six figure salaries at our HighRead More Schools...and how many classes are the teaching 3, 4, 5....some 0 (the AD at $165,000+++)...SIGN ME UP...it is a free market out there unless your bullied by the union (those days should have been long gone...merit in the 21st century)
Redpony459 March 23, 2014 at 05:32 pm
You have some ignorant people living in your community. I guess that's why the ethicallyRead More challenged, loud mouthed bully of a governor chooses to live among you. All your chatter about your teachers is misguided. From what I understand, you live in one of the highest achieving school districts in the state and the country. I think your teachers demonstrate extraordinary merit. It seems that your bitterness toward them has more to do with your own shabby working conditions. The only whining I hear is yours. In your "Real World" you have chosen to be powerless as an individual. Your teachers, on the other hand, have chosen to bargain collectively. Now you whine about not having the same power or benefits. Why don't you join a union rather than Demanding that others race to the bottom alongside you.
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?
BerniesBarStool March 5, 2014 at 04:20 pm
Are we going to find out that Lakritz did improper things with regard to the "Solar Panel"Read More farms?
Domino March 6, 2014 at 08:19 am
I think we want to learn more about the Rockaway Valley Regional Sewer Authority. This is another ofRead More those NJ. political cesspools where overpaid political "consultants" like Charlene Arrington are paid to do political errands for others.
Social issues in Morristown Blog March 2, 2014 at 10:18 am
http://socialissuesinmotown.blogspot.com/ please visit our blog on illegal immigration!
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.
Anne Clark February 20, 2014 at 11:04 pm
Oh...and maybe I should have added that according to the Gigliardi/Wright article "The case isRead More being litigated to this day, with North Haledon seeking further relief and the other two communities seeking to return to the 100 percent equalized property value formulation." And the date on the original North Haledon decision per their reference? 2004 Yep - the "no lawyer left behind" road our Mayors having us heading down.
Anne Clark February 20, 2014 at 11:12 pm
And Oradell, which is trying to apply the North Haledon precedent - how is that going? Well,Read More Gagliardi and Wright say: "As of press time, this recommendation is pending before the commissioner. Either way, it seems certain the ruling will be appealed and there will be further appellate case law on this issue." So are we just more fodder for building case law?
History WT February 21, 2014 at 02:10 am
I wonder what Anne Clarke thinks.
Natalie February 18, 2014 at 11:44 am
Families....go on your planned vacation. Life is short, and time we spend together as a family is soRead More important. Take time away from our crazy lives to love each other.
12345678 February 18, 2014 at 11:50 am
What Natalie said. Family vacations are definitely more important than a few missed days of school.
Reality Chuck February 18, 2014 at 12:12 pm
And while we are at it....let's coordinate with the LV grammar school so the whole family can go onRead More vacation and we don't have to leave the 14-17 year olds by themselves to be educated and enriched those 2 days. (Irony for the sarcastic)
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.