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frank July 19, 2014 at 07:21 am
Need the money to pay the two Basketball coaches!
JOHN DILLMAR July 19, 2014 at 01:36 pm
Mel------------How does paying teachers much more then they are worth help anybody except theRead More teachers?
James D. Vragel July 19, 2014 at 04:07 pm
If Rutgers needs to economize, they can start by cutting their ridiculous, and losing, footballRead More program that costs the taxpayers millions to prop up.
Newark Schools Superintendent Cami Anderson (Patch file photo)
john anthony prignano July 10, 2014 at 09:25 pm
The educrats have never abandoned their battle cry,"It's for the kids!"The purposes ofRead More this initiative are to encourage parental involvement and recognizing student achievements." Certainly the purpose is NOT free food for teachers. Community clean - ups teach the students to respect the environment, that they are a small part of a much greater whole, and they learn that the average person uses an astonishing 300 plastic bags a year! We pay taxes for the D.P.W., but that's not the point. Auto body students learn auto body skills. That the teachers get free labor and free use of a facility that is funded in part by private auto body shops is hardly worth mentioning. The Breakfast Club teaches the students food preparation, ordering supplies , billing, etc. The fact that teachers get a modestly priced breakfast delivered every morning by students who make $5.00 a week, is neither here nor there. It's all "For the kids.The educrats should stop being babies. They should say," NOTHING is primarily for the kids.THEY are at best, an afterthought. We are out for all we can get, and taxpayers and kids be damned."
Gordo K July 11, 2014 at 06:02 pm
"More than 500 Newark students rallied in April to call for local control of the schools."Read More Fine, as long as they fund those schools locally and stop fleecing the rest of New Jersey.
john anthony prignano July 11, 2014 at 09:20 pm
Gordo K Well said,sir! You are absolutely right!
KC June 27, 2014 at 07:23 pm
Good Luck grads!
Steven Smith June 28, 2014 at 02:40 am
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Bathtub Brian Giordano July 18, 2014 at 01:29 pm
Happy to see my cohorts are trashing the BOE, I would have made a better BOE member but I lost. IRead More hope nobody figures out my new name either, it should hide my identity well.
Outofcontrol July 19, 2014 at 04:30 pm
In true Kids First "do as I say, not as I do" fashion, they met behind closed doors onRead More three separate occasions, totally excluding any public input or discussion and selected a retired double dipper to lead the Public Schools for two years. It's amazing how Kids First can look the other way when it is to their advantage to skirt their own self proclaimed "transparency". Was it the fact that they hired someone who has absolutely no urban education experience that made them want to avoid the public? Was it the fact that they wanted to hide that the guy will be collecting a public pension and getting over $600.00 a day from the taxpayers? Maybe it's the fact that the guy never worked in an Abbott District? Or was it the fact that they bypassed a minority assistant Superintendent in favor of a guy who never worked in a District serving mostly minority students? Could it be that they just want to hide the continued chaos they cause by promoting the constant revolving door of Superintendents and Business Administrators? Kids First sure does know how to operate behind closed doors while pretending to be the real "Reformers". Seems to me that the micromanagement of the District by Kids First keeps chasing away superintendents and Business Administrators. Really, who wants to deal with the chaos except maybe a guy who will now come close to doubling his take from the public dole? Good job, Kids First!!! Can't wait to see the next School Report Card and QSAC results.
Carol Harrison July 20, 2014 at 05:45 pm
Outofcontrol, Could you fill in some info? How many people applied for the interim position? WhatRead More were their names? What is the name the person they selected? Did the current assistant apply for the position?
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Wwe Tensai June 12, 2014 at 10:11 am
The school is entitled to some control over the learning environment in its building. Students areRead More to keep cell phones in purses or lockers during the day. If its out, teacher takes it,, it goes to the office and kiddo can get it at the end of the day. Not too difficult and the students learn that sometimes you have to follow someone else's rules. It won't kill you.
John Wayne June 16, 2014 at 07:09 pm
That depends on the school. Some schools are very lax and look the other way on to many issuesRead More including this one. Yes, The schools should get more involved what is going on during the school day. Once you allow this to happen for one group of kids you have to continue to do it for all the kids. You can't pick and choose who you want to call the police on. The police should always be called if something like this is going on during school hours. If it is happening after hours then the parents and the police should be involved. To many schools look the other way for only certain kids and it is not right. That is where the law suits come in.
Rick Ricky June 17, 2014 at 08:21 pm
Let me guess. Bridgewater/Raritan is listed as a top school by someone. Now you know why? All theseRead More top schools lie by not reporting the crap that goes on.
Marlboro Mann June 4, 2014 at 10:44 am
God bless the proliferation of tutoring centers. Our taxes pay teachers to show up at work and thenRead More they really teach when it comes to the after school jobs. BTW should I send in my Abbott check now or flush the cash down the toilet-Same Result.
Rick Ricky June 18, 2014 at 06:22 pm
No, This is a joke. Just because someone graduates college for who knows what doesn't mean they areRead More smarter than someone who did not attend college. A lot of useless degrees that jobs are hard to come by. Just because a poll taken shows jersey has 34.5 pct who has degrees doesn't mean they are smart. The polls taken and what and how they come up to determine what they do is ridiculous.
Outofcontrol June 27, 2014 at 12:17 pm
You could never tell by the politicians we elect...just take a look at our Governor. He has multipleRead More degrees but still stupid and arrogant.
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Dawn Urbanek June 10, 2014 at 10:01 pm
We have to make people aware that our State is run by public employee Unions and we need court casesRead More like today which ruled that the California Teacher Tenure rules are unconstitutional so that we can change laws and vote people out of office who do not represent the interests of the public who pay the taxes.
Spencer James July 11, 2014 at 04:19 pm
Something that is interesting to note is that high school grads are going to four year universitiesRead More and studying subject that isn't marketable. While on the other hand you have people getting vocational training at vocational schools that essentially guarantees them a job out of school that will make them 'x' amount of money. So it isn't that college degrees are worthless, some are. It is also said that sometimes trade school is the right choice! Spencer James | <a href='http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com/' > http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com/home.html</a>
Spencer James July 11, 2014 at 04:20 pm
Something that is interesting to note is that high school grads are going to four year universitiesRead More and studying subject that isn't marketable. While on the other hand you have people getting vocational training at vocational schools that essentially guarantees them a job out of school that will make them 'x' amount of money. So it isn't that college degrees are worthless, some are. It is also said that sometimes trade school is the right choice! Spencer James | http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com
NEW May 24, 2014 at 10:25 am
The girl's friend who stepped up and reported the truth did the right thing, and made all theRead More difference in the world. She could have remained quiet or lied as she was asked. The girl's ex-boyfriend may have believed her and acted out of genuine concern for her. The mother, however, asked the friend to lie. Why? Clearly that apple didn't fall far from the tree.
Hugh May 25, 2014 at 10:42 am
And here we have a perfect snapshot of the decline of American morals and civilization. Well doneRead More all. I especially appreciate the "victim's" mother.
Bob Vey June 21, 2014 at 09:10 am
The girl & her boyfriend (if he attends Drew U ) should be kicked out of school as well.
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anonymous May 15, 2014 at 03:32 pm
LOL grace that was a good one.
Fed up Local May 17, 2014 at 11:29 am
Don't smoke anything on school property. Seems like a no brainer to me.
Gordo K May 18, 2014 at 02:48 pm
Hmm ... it seems to me that "smoking" has been redefined. Is inhaling any kind of vaporRead More "smoking"?
Mac May 13, 2014 at 02:27 pm
voter morals: what's in it for me? - while one can't quantify zero return on investment, one can addRead More up what it costs to keep reelecting family members with single digit leadership: we can solve any problem with more money flowing my way
timverba May 14, 2014 at 08:00 pm
It would be nice to hear a speech from a former Secretary of State, an International Monetary FundRead More Managing Director, or a billionaire mayor. But if it were for my commencement, I would be asking what is the connection to the school. Was Ms Rice involved in some cooperative program between Stanford and Rutgers? Was Ms Lagarde offering Smith College graduates a block of fellowships with the IMF? As a member of the alumni, will the sound of Michael Bloomberg's voice reverberate through my wallet so that its contents should be spilled into a bursar's tin? Most of these speeches are not setting forth public policy like General George Marshall's Plan to Harvard in 1947 or a civic vision like President Johnson's Great Society to the University of Michigan in 1964. If they have no real connection to the school's community, why should the graduates have to suffer through a thirty minute speech that is half inaudible and half unconnected. I am not trying to diminish the great accomplishments of Rice, Lagarde, and Bloomberg. Just give them their honorary stripes and keep the line moving. Commencement speeches would be received much better if limited to the school's president, provost, or even a public health official at the school.
Wwe Tensai May 15, 2014 at 04:32 pm
Who really cares who's giving the speech? The parents? No. They are there because their kid justRead More graduated and they are so proud they could burst. The graduate? No. He or she is relieved and happy and wants to get out of there and have some fun before moving on with life. The public relations people? Yep. All this fuss for a one-line blurb in some recruitment brochure: " Recent commencement speakers have included former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, Queen Elizabeth II of England, and the Archangel Gabriel." It makes the school look more prestigious on paper. The administrators don't win any extra mojo for , say, awarding more scholarships.
Spooner May 7, 2014 at 10:56 pm
Proud, how's the posting contest going?
Brandy the Dog May 8, 2014 at 06:34 am
Very well Leader Spooner, I have attracted several candidates for the Redstocking Coilition.
Marie May 8, 2014 at 07:37 am
The people condemning Condi Rice, for the most part, won't hear a WORD against any of their patronRead More saints - like Obama or the Clintons- hypocrites to the enth degree.
Joe R May 7, 2014 at 12:40 pm
"Throwing money at the problem won't fix it." Sounds like pure Sean Hannity BS. Tell thatRead More to the elite private schools that throw tons of money at their schools and at their students. Some of these elite private schools have tuitions of $36,000 and above (where Christie's kids go). These schools have class sizes of 12 pupils or less, fabulous campuses and facilities and a plethora of programs and courses. They have massive amounts of money to work with and they can be picky about who is enrolled in their schools. Even with all the advantages and the restrictiveness of these elite private schools, they do no better than the public schools of our wealthy NJ suburbs.
Joe R May 7, 2014 at 01:26 pm
This lie that our schools are failing is repeated over and over to the point that it has becomeRead More unquestioned given wisdom. Of course many of our schools have serious problems, the schools in the very poor and very fragmented urban areas that are dealing with massive joblessness, homelessness, violence and high crime rates. Amongst the wealthy industrialized nations, the US has the highest child poverty rate of about 23%. The schools in the urban areas are dealing with tremendous societal problems, the schools aren't failing, they are doing an heroic job trying to help kids who live in devastated urban areas like Camden. The suburban schools pefrom just as well if not better than some of the high performing nations.
Steve May 8, 2014 at 12:16 am
by Linda Moore, TheGuardian.com Friday 15 February 2013 10.17 EST A new book has attracted muchRead More interest in the Washington DC, especially on Capitol Hill, Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn From Educational Change in Finland?. The book arrives after Finland scored first in science and second in reading and math on the standardized test administered by the Program for International Student Assessment. Conducted among industrialized nations every three years, American students finished 25th in math, 17th in science and 12th in reading on the latest PISA assessment. Obviously, in our global economy, this nation's international educational attainment is discouraging for our future prospects. Some of Finland's students' outcomes should be especially interesting to US policy makers. Fully 93% of Finns graduate from high school – 17.5 points higher than American students. And 66% of Finns are accepted to college, a higher rate than the US and every European nation. Strikingly, the achievement gap between the weakest and strongest students academically is the smallest in the world. What might really interest some politicians is that Finland spends about 30% less per student to achieve these far-superior educational outcomes. For those who argue that a much smaller, less diverse country like Finland can't easily be compared to the US, there is an inconvenient fact: Finland performs much better educationally when compared to similar Scandinavian nations with similar demographics. Plainly, something is right in the "Land of a thousand lakes". Fortunately, US education policy is evolving in the face of our relative global underperformance. Federal policy continues to move away from the rigid certainties of the Bush-era No Child Left Behind legislation. The NCLB law set a hopelessly unrealistic target for 100% student proficiency in every school by 2014. It's clear that won't be achieved. Additionally, President Obama's Race to the Top program provides federal incentives for states to reform their public education offerings. These education reforms include lifting caps on the number of public charter schools, innovative policies to turn around failing schools, and improving teacher and principal effectiveness. As an educator who opened one of the first public charter schools in Washington DC in 1998, — at the height of the crisis of our unreformed public education system — I've always had a different take on reform than the NCLB dogma. I could see that the predominantly disadvantaged students whom the status quo was failing would need more than standardized tests to ensure school success. Our educational program invests in children early, to prepare them for the next step in their academic careers and beyond, into the world of work. We want them to gain the following: an understanding of how to use technology to enhance learning; an appreciation for, and facility in, the arts; scientific curiosity; an appreciation and knowledge of their cultures and those of others; and the capacity to think critically. Our students — 69% of whom are economically disadvantaged — can perform at the highest-level academically. Traditional standardized tests fail to adequately assess our academically rich program. Yet our scholars outperform their traditional public school peers by 16% points, and charter peers by nine points. We're not in Finland yet, but we are making progress. http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/why-are-finlands-schools-successful-49859555/?all
factchecker May 7, 2014 at 03:30 pm
Spooner: That was in response to someone else saying the protesters were "IslamicRead More militants" which I took offense to. I think you and I agree.
Brandy the Dog May 8, 2014 at 07:01 am
The mistress of bait and switch howls with regularity @factcheck.
Spooner May 8, 2014 at 11:17 am
Star(*)...sounds like your at a lost for words?
Joe R May 3, 2014 at 11:25 am
I see the usual right wing fascists displaying their vicious brand of ignorance and pride in knowRead More nothingness. Bravo, well done.
Mike McQueen May 3, 2014 at 05:33 pm
I see the left wing misogynist, homophobic sexual perverts are displaying their hate for women andRead More the less fortunate. So JoeR its OK for the white elitists at Princeton University to cover up sexual assault? You should be ashamed of yourself!
Rick Ricky May 8, 2014 at 06:34 pm
Princeton University is no better than all the other colleges who try to hide what is going on withRead More their school on their campus. They have a great reputation to hold up. Princeton is not all cracked up to be. It is all just that they want everyone to think they are to keep up their reputation. They love foreigners and bump out American kids who are just as good as the foreigners that they pick.
demosthenes May 9, 2014 at 11:03 am
"pdq May 08, 2014 at 05:46 PM Sadly, I believe that you sincerely believe what you were beingRead More told, by those seeking to manipulate this situation. The K-5 costs were already absorbed and did not have significant financial impacts. The 6th grade expansion with no corresponding aid, along with lowered aid and the cap have caused the financial issues you see. Adequacy is a major issue and the state needs to consider what effects the expansion will have moving forward." No PDQ - I am not misinformed but it does appear that you may be. The K-5 costs have not been fully absorbed because as the school matures the classes are filled with a greater percentage of Hoboken resident children which increases costs. ECS's costs are continuing to rise even though the school is fully mature because its population of Hoboken resident children is still rising. The costs of Hoboken's existing Charters will not be "fully absorbed" until the % of Hoboken resident children stabilizes for the long term. The cost of the expansion to 6th grade in this budget year consists only of the cost of the 6th grade class, not as is continually misunderstood, the cost of the new kindergarten class that would be come in anyway. Since the 6th grade has few students (19?) and even fewer hoboken resident students (14-15?) the increased costs properly attributable to the expansion to 6th grade this year is less than $200,000 ($184,500 if there are 15 Hoboken resident students at $12,300 each). As you point out the proposed expansion to 7th & 8th grade costs nothing this year since it hasn't happened yet. The claim that the financial issues facing the schools are principally caused by the less than $200,000 cost of expansion to 6th grade is simply not credible which is why folks like Joe feel (or can persuade others to feel) that HoLa's expansion is being unfairly scapegoated.
pdq May 9, 2014 at 12:10 pm
Dem, it seems that you are suggesting that there is no impact to district and taxpayers whenRead More charter schools are created and expanded. Yet, on the other hand you say the 460k increase(your number) makes a bad situation worse. I provided data from the budget meeting you provided your numbers. You claim that it is a misstatement that k-5 was absorbed because not all the students are Hoboken students and that number can increase which increases future costs. You then go on to say that the 7th grade will only be 19 students so the costs wont be so high. which is it? Do you not understand that incremental costs can be absorbed but large new amounts cannot? The expansion is approved for full 7th and 8th grade capacity. The district is fully aware that only 13 or 18 students attending the 5th grade will eventually turn into 40-44 and based on that this expansion is extremely detrimental to the fiscal situation. Which all goes back to the same point. Funding should not go through the district schools. Each district should be separate. If it is not going to be separate, the state should ensure that districts are fully funded and not impacted by unfunded state cost increases. If the state wants to open more districts- fine. great. But don't make district's b,c and d impacted by the expansion of e. And yes all of the charter schools will also be impacted. The charter funding law has to be changed. Hola is not being scapegoated. The district is asking the state to be responsible for creating the issues it has created. Furthermore, had you or anyone fully read the appeal petition you would know that it is specifically stated that the district does NOT oppose k-6. " Dr. Toback wrote to Mr. Cerf objecting, not to the renewal of HoLa’s charter for grades K-6, but as to the request to expand to 7th and 8th grade." Attached as Exhibit B is a true and authentic copy of Dr. Toback’s letter to former Commissioner Cerf and only asks that - Expansion not be granted until a remedial plan has been implemented and proven effective. Had Hola's director followed the correct procedures and filed the expansion separately, the fear mongering would not be possible. But she didn't follow the procedure and nor did the state so the community has chosen to believe what rumors are spread. You chose not to believe the superintendent, Education Law Center and professionals who have written thousands of pages on the effects of current funding laws,that is up to you.
MadisonMonroe May 9, 2014 at 09:54 pm
The bottom line is that Hoboken school district spends too much money. The superintendent and schoolRead More board members don't want to live within their means, which translates into tax hikes for the rest of us. We're supposed to believe the mumbo jumbo that Hola is the problem when it's clear that the Hoboken authorities have driven us into a hole and the board members are too financially illiterate to put on the brakes.
Winning pasta bridge held 650 pounds.
Vic Trolla May 2, 2014 at 10:09 am
Now that's innovative thinking! Kudos to Scott!
RdgwdGRock May 2, 2014 at 10:59 am
"Ronzoni Fettuccini and Elmers White Glue" Product placement campaign. How much did theRead More school and/or teacher receive for this?
Brian N May 4, 2014 at 10:38 pm
Pretty cool
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JasperRam May 15, 2014 at 05:48 pm
yeah. my grandfather used to say it all the time.
David May 15, 2014 at 07:14 pm
I still see commercials for volunteering for big brothers & big sisters. I presume this lawRead More should also ban that since one may be a villain. Parents need to be aware of what is going on with there children. If they are going above the line, block their child's facebook.
Bernhard Rosenberg May 19, 2014 at 08:04 am
THERE SHOULD BE BOUNDARIES. Bernhard Rosenberg 7:03 AM EDT  ERIC LEGRAND WAS ONE OFRead More MY STUDENTS IN PUBLIC SPEAKING AT RUTGERS. CONGRATULATIOS TO ALL OF YOU. DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG SPEAKS OUT. THE TEACHER WHO CARES. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlhvPRkS9a8&fea... While teaching many of the star female basketball athletes at Rutgers Public Speaking, class which meets once a week, I was sent a communication from the Rutgers President's office stating I should be understanding regarding their absences due to being in the finals. This occurred during the Imus controversy. Showing compassion for these students, I did not penalize them for their absences. When recently told at a meeting that I had to give my students 20%A's, 20% C's and D's, and the remaining grades B's, I refused. A student should get the grade they deserve. I started teaching at Rutgers in 1990 and I believe because I refused the departments instructions on grading I was not rehired. IN my opinion I was bullied and harassed by members of the communications dept. Not only are students bullied but so are teachers, especially non tenured adjuncts as I was. Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg
John April 25, 2014 at 07:31 am
@Citizen - typical hateful lib. I can deal with high taxes - it's people like you that make thisRead More state suck.....
Citizen of America April 27, 2014 at 12:51 pm
Awww...I haven't seen a conservadope cry like that since Glenn Beck got kicked off TV...here's aRead More Kleenex for you
Long Time Resident April 29, 2014 at 07:47 pm
The dumboRats are scrambling to try and explain away the recent news on Benghazi, Rice lied to theRead More American People, let the DumboRat crying begin!!!!! http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/email-Susan-Rice-Benghazi-video/2014/04/29/id/568416/?ns_mail_uid=54563307
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Mac July 12, 2014 at 11:13 am
who needs judeo Christian religions or Ally Oop knee rug burns? - we are already working inRead More overdrive towards our own destruction - we call it Christie World and it's a monster that can never get enough to ever be satisfied - a couple of thousand years ago we had the son of God who tried to show us the path of life - that didn't work out as hoped, so now we have the son of Satan - and it's official - Christie was personally crowned in the Seasides
SILENT WOLF July 12, 2014 at 11:28 pm
DEAL WITH IT ... GOD IS HERE TO STAY ... ALLAH YOUR ASS , ALL YOU ALLAH FOLLOWERS CAN GO TO THERead More MIDDLE EAST AND BURN IN HELL .....
John Santaella July 12, 2014 at 11:48 pm
Allah. god. it's all the same shit. there are thousands of gods.
franksinatra April 22, 2014 at 12:03 pm
Chris -- I told you -- I don't have a school. I don't have a connection to either school system. I'mRead More not advocating for either school system and I'm certainly not bashing the public schools. Where did you get that idea from my comment? I happen to think the public schools are better than the charter schools, but I also think that parents should have a choice and the school board should not be wasting our money suing another school in town. That's about as destructive an action for our community as one can imagine. I do have issues with Kids First. I think they've hurt the public schools tremendously since they took over five years ago, especially the high school. You're not going to turn the schools around until this community begins an honest debate over the problems with the schools and why fully one-half of the k-12-age children in this town don't attend the public schools. Hola has a waiting list of 250 kids. The public schools have lost an average of more than 100 students a year in each of the last six years. Remaining in denial is not going to fix these problems. In the end we all want a strong school system, if for no other reason than it boosts property values for those of us who own our homes here and pay the bills for the schools and all the people who work there.
pdq April 22, 2014 at 10:38 pm
pdq April 22, 2014 at 11:10 pm
1- charter schools are not going anywhere. 2- if one followed your game where according to youRead More charters ceased to exist and 1/2 would attend the district schools, that half could probably be located in one of the school building which is currently rented out. -3 million a year in admin costs would be wiped away. -To cover 325 students, a maximum of 19 teachers would be hired, likely from the pool of 35 charter school teachers previously employed by the charters (as most charter schools have 2 teachers per class). -All charter employees already get full civil service benefits including full pension and seniority rights so there would be little difference in that cost.
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!
Igor May 1, 2014 at 09:20 am
I wouldn't want to marry this girl. Probably divorce him strain him dry. The big question is what isRead More the friends father getting out of this?
MaverickMom April 27, 2014 at 08:35 pm
so tell us factchecker, how long have you hated yourself?
factchecker April 27, 2014 at 10:22 pm
Mostly only since I stooped to your level and became a Patch troll. The only place people like youRead More have a voice is in blog comments. In the real world most people think like me.
WMS826 April 29, 2014 at 04:06 pm
Let them eat cake stated the regimes Queen to the masses.Read More http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/michelle-obamas-2-day-stop-china-cost-222k_788851.html
Joe R June 5, 2014 at 12:18 pm
Oh boo hoo, I have to pay taxes, boo hoo. But I want fire protection, police protection, goodRead More schools, good roads, good bridges, snow removal, a functioning judicial system, safe food, drinkable water, insured bank deposits, etc. Taxes are the price you pay for living in a civilized society. NJ property taxes are amongst the highest in the country (some cities and other municipalities are just as high) but our other taxes are middling and even lower than some other states. I hate paying taxes as much as anyone else but it's the price we pay for living in an advanced first world country. NJ is one of the wealthier states, it ranks 2nd for the percentage of millionaires and billionaires who live in the state. It has great schools and many great colleges and universities.
Gordo K June 6, 2014 at 11:46 pm
"It has great schools" - - that's so reassuring, coming from an unbiased observer, Joe.
Joe R June 6, 2014 at 11:55 pm
NJ has great schools, that's not my opinion, it's a fact. NJ always rates in the top tier of statesRead More for good educational outcomes. It's right up there with Mass. and CT.
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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 01:51 pm
Schools in general are nothing but scams the way they do things. None of it is true. You have toRead More many factors and influences in the outcome. A lot of fraud going on in the process of school. You can a student who takes general glasses that rank higher then someone taking Advance classes & A/P Courses. There should be different ranks based on the classes you take. The top is not true top students all the time.
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?
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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.
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