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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.
Beach Mover March 31, 2014 at 09:28 pm
That's what you get from a regional district. I think it goes something like this. A 1 millionRead More dollar house pays about the same in all districts. However values are much higher outside of long valley. Obviously a million dollar house in long valley pays twice as much as a 500k house in chester. I wonder how state did would be affected? Maybe more for us or less.
Guy Patterson March 31, 2014 at 10:30 pm
A one million dollar house in each community would pay between $4,000 and $5,400 depending on theRead More community. Not a big deal. The problem is what you get for that amount. When one community as a whole gets 15% more of the total share of students educated than what it's paying for, it can be a legitimate issue for some.
Beach Mover March 31, 2014 at 10:31 pm
It is a legitimate issue. The problem is it is the law. It is how regional districts are set up. IRead More guess you have to imagine all the gig towns being one. It would be like Peachtree village being a separate town sending 100 kids and only paying 100k. Then the new town of ridge line off of Coleman road paying 200k and sending 50 kids. If they can legally get out I'm sure they try
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.
Guy Patterson March 25, 2014 at 05:28 pm
@Stig - I would agree. These morons are only repeating themselves.
Not Jeff March 25, 2014 at 05:51 pm
I agree Stig. I think we have all been a bit hit under the collar.
Beach Mover March 26, 2014 at 06:19 am
Just looking at the comments to end the thread can give you a real education
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?
ME March 31, 2014 at 01:54 pm
Love Ippolito, better to be safe then sory and protecting this child is hie responsibility I am gladRead More he took it seriously and hope he continues to do so.
ME March 31, 2014 at 01:55 pm
hie = his
ME March 31, 2014 at 01:56 pm
Jason as for you, I agree the girls name should NEVER have been made public
Not Jeff March 5, 2014 at 11:48 am
Michelle, you tell the Superintendent what to do. Not the other way around. You should always askRead More what the impications are but BOE members are his boss.
Mac March 6, 2014 at 06:05 am
Professional development days and NJEA Conference should be done in the summer, when the teachersRead More are off, adding 4 days when the kids can be in school during the year. Many other licensed professionals in the state are required to take continuing education credits to maintain licensure and do it on their own time. It also would be interesting to know the rationale behind the 180 day mandate. Over the years the kids have come home the last week of school saying the did "nothing". Time for some "common sense"...
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
http://socialissuesinmotown.blogspot.com/ please visit our blog on illegal immigration!
Social issues in Morristown Blog March 2, 2014 at 10:18 am
http://socialissuesinmotown.blogspot.com/ please visit our blog on illegal immigration!
Weather Man February 18, 2014 at 09:54 am
Roads are awful everywhere, I really think that they should have closed the schools today.
12345678 February 18, 2014 at 11:15 am
I agree. The roads surrounding Califon fields, including Pleasant Grove are a mess.
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!
Tracy Tobin February 13, 2014 at 06:24 pm
Latest weather update from Morris County OEM is predicting 3-6" more snow between tonight andRead More tomorrow morning. What did we do to make the weather gods so angry with us?
Joseph Keyes February 13, 2014 at 08:22 pm
Thanks Tracy, always glad to hear more good news....
Joseph Keyes February 13, 2014 at 08:22 pm
..or not!
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.
Howdy February 8, 2014 at 01:57 pm
Guy Patterson, maybe we should think before we post about the cost of electric-hybrid buses in 2007?Read More Were you drunk or did you actually think that was a relevant post?
Guy Patterson February 8, 2014 at 02:13 pm
Only one of the four bus types in the report is an diesel electric hybrid. The other three useRead More conventional fossil or bio fuels.
Demsey Dustbunny March 21, 2014 at 05:17 pm
I hate to bring up an old thread, but what are done with the retired busses? And a follow up.. IsRead More that income reflected in the budget as well?
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