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realityinnj April 14, 2014 at 02:58 pm
The nice point is he obviously made a good impression on you WV Grad which is great. Obviously withRead More there revent choices like gonzales, berios an the new wv principal palczewski i have no confidence in the BOE to do the right thing. Hopefully it will at least be a better choices than these 3. Cross your fingers everyone!
WV grad April 14, 2014 at 04:49 pm
Just to clarify and then I'm done trying to make a point. I graduated WV in 1982, well before Reis.Read More I was impressed the way he handled the students during the bomb threat and kept them safe. I was also impressed during the football incident when someone had to send a strong message to my town to stop the community schism. He could have played it safe and cover like some superintendents chose to do. Instead he took a stand as he always did. When it came to Wayne and WV in particular, no one watched over us or our children better than he did. It probably cost him the superintendent's position back then. But that was and is the man. Ask the teachers and administrators who worked with him. But your probably right, he doesn't have the right stuff!
Wayne's World April 15, 2014 at 09:20 am
Here is a chance to get it right and to try to get back to where Wayne used to be in the rankings.Read More Like it or not, the school rankings affect housing prices, so it IS important. Just like a sports team that has to overpay to get an impact free-agent, Wayne should look to the top 20 school districts ONLY and try to pry away some PROVEN talent. With contracts it's obviously not a hire-at-will situation, but there has to be SOMEBODY good out there. I would be happy if Wayne BOE paid a substantial amount over market ($50-75k) to make this happen and bring some stability, order and RESULTS to the most important organization in town. To get the best, you have to pay for the best. We can live without all of the extra VP's and phony administrators, but it's impossible to run a top-notch organization without a great CEO.
DexterDog April 3, 2014 at 09:58 am
How about some full day kindergarten? Am I the only one thinks this town ins lagging?
slavin4u April 3, 2014 at 01:15 pm
PLEASE NO FULL DAY K- My youngest of 3 is going to age out and be in first grade soon enough. IRead More don't want to have to pay taxes for the rest of my life for it.
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 16, 2014 at 02:14 pm
Standards are not curriculum. Testing is not curriculum. Districts write their own curriculum toRead More show how they will meet the standards and pass the test. This is from the Common Core document, which I encourage you all to read. If it's liberal to want a good educational system in the country, then I'm guilty as charged. "The Common Core State Standards are a clear set of shared goals and expectations for the knowledge and skills students need in English language arts and mathematics at each grade level so they can be prepared to succeed in college, career, and life. The standards establish what students need to learn, but they do not dictate how teachers should teach. Teachers will devise their own lesson plans and curriculum, and tailor their instruction to the individual needs of the students in their classrooms." www.corestandards.org
factchecker April 16, 2014 at 02:17 pm
Also - charter schools and vouchers do not work, but I'm not even going to get into that. EveryRead More child in this country deserves the very best education we have to offer. Socialist - yes. Why? Because when our population is well-educated, we ALL benefit. If you want to reduce entitlements and unemployment, you should really be more in favor of improving public education. Otherwise, you're just part of the problem.
makemyday April 16, 2014 at 04:13 pm
Oh no @ fact checker, charter schools are very successful in New York. Why do you think parentsRead More are fighting DiBlasio? They give ALL the children excellent education without the overcrowding and fear of violence that occurs in the NY public schools. Why do you think D.C. Parents want school vouchers? So they can CHOOSE to send their children to charter or private schools for the best education. But Obama prefers public schools for all kids , except of course HIS kids.
Flood Plain March 29, 2014 at 12:48 pm
It would seem more economical to have added one full day of classes to the end of the school year.Read More Less inconvenience to everyone and a lot less expensive to the stakeholders.
Pad March 30, 2014 at 08:06 am
Don't worry the teachers with vacation plans just will call in sick as usual. Almost none of themRead More will change their plans. God forbid they work an extra hour a day to make up the time. Those that turn in sick should be required to bring in a Doctor's note.
Jack Q March 31, 2014 at 07:36 am
@Flood, all depends when you want to inconvenience people. Probably just as many people have plansRead More the day after school ends as they do during Spring Break. Maybe more since those who participate in spring sports can't go away. What they really need to do is eliminate the teacher's convention since it really is not attended by the majority of the profession. That will give you the added flexibility.
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?
Chicken Little March 10, 2014 at 01:39 pm
Oh for cryin' out loud Flood Plain!!!!! Read the article. Or at least the first line below theRead More headline.
Flood Plain March 10, 2014 at 05:21 pm
chicken little, the headline and the small print below it are not congruent (not in agreement: notRead More corresponding to or consistent with each other). That was my point. It's taught in J school 101.
Jack Q March 11, 2014 at 07:06 am
Isn't William Paterson in Wayne?
Patch File Photo.
Pad March 8, 2014 at 06:07 am
Common Core = Corporate America, individuals & politically connected friends getting rich of theRead More American Taxpayers!
Meema Judy March 8, 2014 at 07:58 am
How much of the children’s day will be spent preparing for this test? How much of theRead More teachers time will be spent preparing for the test. The Superintendent says this test doesn’t count toward a grade it is just a tryout of the system. So, our children are now test bunnies, who have wasted time learning how to take a test that does not matter, when they could have been actually learning something like math or reading.
joann ranalletti March 8, 2014 at 10:04 am
Wayne was "randomly selected." What criteria was used in this random selection and whatRead More other districts were randomly selected? What criteria did the Wayne super use to choose the schools chosen in our district or did that come from the state also? How will these students in the chosen Wayne schools make up what they will be missing that is being taught to their peers in the schools not chosen. Lots of educational time lost for CCSS which is under question in many states.
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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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!
Dead Hoffa February 13, 2014 at 08:55 am
It never ceases to amaze me how a big wad of cash always makes the pain and suffering go away......Read More God bless America....
LA February 15, 2014 at 09:25 am
Jack Q - Common Core started with the present 2013-2014 school year. They needed more trainingRead More BEFORE it was implemented, not during. Pad - September 4th two days before Labor Day Weekend??? Labor Day is Monday September 1st.
Pad February 15, 2014 at 03:56 pm
LA Sorry glanced at wrong calendar. I still feel they have too many days off during the schoolRead More months and the teachers convention should be in the summer not during school time. This is why our children are falling behind. They attend school less then any other of the leading nations. We still go by an outdated agrarian calendar from when children had to work the farm fields. There is absolutely no reason for all these days off at all.
Jack Q February 17, 2014 at 07:18 am
LA, I am aware that it was implemented last year. However, in light of less than stellarRead More performance by admin and teachers, it probably warranted another in service. Not saying I agree with adding another day. Personally, I agree with Pad about getting rid of the teacher's convention. Not worth the 2 days off in my mind, unless attendance is made mandatory.
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.
Wayne's World January 28, 2014 at 09:07 am
Bill, what kind of retaliation and who is it directed against?
Pad February 1, 2014 at 07:15 am
BTW, Bus undercarriage's get wet all the time in rain, snow and exposure to road salt. If ourRead More relatively new bus fleet has rusting problems it isn't due to where they are parked. After all they aren't parked in water that deep at anytime. This is just another flimsy excuse by the BOE to justify this unneeded waste of taxpayers money. Maybe they should contact the bus manufacturer and ask Why?
Pad February 1, 2014 at 07:17 am
From the picture above you can see how high the undercarriages sit off the ground. Any rustingRead More problems on these busses didn't come from North Cove Lot.
joann ranalletti January 28, 2014 at 06:34 pm
Jack Q That appears to be one of the many best kept secrets of the admin and BOE. Eventually someoneRead More will leak it out. Knowing this BOE and the big spender it was probably paid!
Pad January 30, 2014 at 04:54 pm
Well, is she on a paid leave of absence on taxpayers money since Dec of 2012? Why hasn't the WayneRead More BOE terminated her? This was a felony conviction. How did she get hired here and who was responsible for hiring her? I think these questions need to be answered. Leave of absence so I guess she can come back to work? This is what I mean when I say there is so much corruption and information that is kept from the public by those in charge at Nellis Drive. Wayne taxpayers beware of what goes on there. All they tell you is fluff and the scandals and the dirt are left out in all their PR info.
Pad January 30, 2014 at 04:56 pm
Enter her name in the website that list public workers salaries. But it may not be current for theRead More year 2013.
Wayne's World January 22, 2014 at 09:58 am
As usual, town did a pretty good job cleaning up. Roads were fine this morning when I left at myRead More normal time. Another wasted day for the kids and parents who have to take a day off to stay home with them.
joann ranalletti January 22, 2014 at 10:36 am
Gonzalez is damned if he does and damned if he doesn't when it comes to inclement weather as areRead More most superintendents. He does not make these decisons alone but has the advisement of the Police Dept. Safety precautions must be considered for all when these decsions are made. Bite the bullet on what may be deemed a wasted day for education. Safety first!
Jack Q January 22, 2014 at 12:53 pm
Weather Channel had it snowing into the morning. Hindsight is always 20/20.
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
OSHA
Pad January 18, 2014 at 04:40 pm
How long before they recoup the 10 million in energy savings. This is absolute BS that this isn'tRead More costing the taxpayers anything. Can someone explain "Spender Gonzalez's statement. Is this another project going ahead on the advice of the facilities manager or has an energy audit been done by a certified company or person.
Wayne Res January 19, 2014 at 07:03 pm
No one is giving away $10m to be paid back over 15 years. Sure there is interest on the money.Read More Most of the upgrade will probably already be end of life before it is paid for.
Pad January 23, 2014 at 04:34 pm
Somebody is making money off this deal for sure! BTW does anybody realize the Passaic County SchoolRead More superintendent makes $265K a year, plus a car and other benefits. This is where our tax money goes. She or he may also be eligible for bonuses up to 15% of salary. $265 K and we have to give them a car also?
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