The anti-charter school/Christie/Common Core/NCLB/etc. group, "DEFEAT NJ BULLIES," is engaging in a feud with AFT President Randi Weingarten. Latest tweet from Ms. Weingarten:
@rweingarten: Sorry @DefeatNJBullies even I am done w/your
rants.You marginalize what are imp sentiments w/the lack of civility.”
Speaking of feuds, the Perth Amboy School Board tried to pass a resolution
prohibiting Superintendent Janine Caffrey from various superintendent
activities (investigating new educational programs, overseeing staff, etc.) but
the motion failed by one vote.
, law professor and member of the Newark School Advisory Board, explains why afterschool programs are important:
I was 10, my mother was killed. Shortly thereafter, my father abandoned my
family. My grandmother took me in and put me in after-school programs run by
the Boys & Girls Club of Newark, where I received academic, social and
emotional support that she could not provide by herself. These programs helped
change my life and put me on a path where, as a taxpayer, law teacher, elected
official and former senior executive in the state Attorney General’s Office.
reviews the animus towards online charter schools.
The Star-Ledger investigates the Adelaide Sanford Charter School in Newark,
where the state has spent “hundreds of thousands of dollars to lease the James
Street building over the past 16 months [while] the children were being
educated somewhere else." Editorial here.
The Press of Atlantic City looks at
how the School Funding Reform Act underfunds some South Jersey districts. A new
bill would increase aid by eliminating the geographic cost adjustment based on
assumptions about cost of living differences between the northern and southern
parts of the state.
The Burlington County Times reviews
the increasing participation in NJ’s Interdistrict Public School Choice
Program. This year Northern Burlington and Pemberton joined as choice
districts, enabling children outside district boundaries to attend schools.
A leading school labor leader Thursday compared public education to the auto
industry and warned about 700 northern Illinois school board members that
unless labor and management stopped fighting and worked together to improve
education, American parents would turn to private schools much as car buyers
have turned to foreign markets.
``We can`t make the same mistake and management have to make significant
changes, significant sacrifices to keep public education alive. Tinkering will
no longer help.``
Thursday he repeated his calls for making teaching ``a true profession,``
and said that wouldn`t happen as long as teaching was looked at as ``an
occupation you went into if you were stupid.``
``We have to give teachers respect and allow them to make some decisions
about how they will do their jobs. We aren`t going to get
bright college graduates to go into teaching, even if we pay then high
salaries, if they don`t feel they can use their talents and skills with some
degree of independence.``
The source? A 1985 Chicago Tribune article on Albert Shanker, President of the AFT.