Report: FBI tells N.J. students that ISIS is actively recruiting

assetContent (15)HACKENSACK — An FBI intelligence analyst warned students at Bergen Arts and Sciences Charter School not to fall prey to the recruitment tactics of terror organization ISIS, according to a Record report. The presentation at the Hackensack charter school on Tuesday was part of a national outreach effort from federal officials on how the ISIS terror… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 20th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Education, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Westfield High School Displays Anti-Cop Student Art

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photo via TAP into Westfield

A school district-wide student art exhibit by Westfield High School students titled, “Law Enforcement — Police Brutality,” is drawing criticism from the law enforcement community, according to a report at TAP into Westfield.

Westfield, a toney Union County town of 30,000 with a median family income of $112,145 as of the 2010 U.S. Census, was named the 24th safest city in the United States in 2015 by Neighborhood Scout.   The chances of being the victim of a crime in Westfield is 1 in 2057. Statewide in New Jersey, the chances of being the victim of a crime is 1 in 347, according to Neighborhood Scout.

Westfield is 13.5 miles from Newark and 10 miles from Elizabeth.

The art exhibit, which closed this afternoon, includes an image of a bloodied figure stabbed in the back with a badge and several images of guns aimed at unarmed figures.

TAP into Westfield reports that police officers worldwide are sharing photos from the display on social media and encouraging complaints to be emailed to Superintendent Dr. Margaret Dolan.

The student’s work was accompanied by artist statements.

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Posted: May 14th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Education, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , | 22 Comments »

Freeholders honor MAST students

By Muriel Smith

Mast 040915FREEHOLD –  Eighty cadets from the Marine Academy of Science and Technology (MAST) NJROTC unit were honored Thursday night at the regular meeting of the Board of Freeholders, when each received a certificate of appreciation and the day was proclaimed MAST Day in Monmouth County.

Freeholder Lillian Burry brought the honors to the high school students citing their first place awards in senior and freshman divisions of drill competitions. The senior team placed first in three of the four, second in the fourth at the senior level, while both the senior and freshmen teams took all the top honors in the academics portion of the events. MAST’s varsity Color Guard led by Cadets Steven Vieira and Kyle McKean also is undefeated in each of the competitions.  The Color Guard opened the meeting Thursday night and presented colors for the pledge of allegiance which starts every freeholder meeting.

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Posted: April 10th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Education, Lillian Burry, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

PARCC exams: How Pearson landed the deal to produce N.J.’s biggest test

Pearson-sign+bldg-1200x900HOBOKEN — In 1844, Samuel Pearson and his family started a small building firm to make bricks and lay sewer pipes in rapidly growing cities in northern England. More than 170 years later, Pearson is making money building something new — standardized tests. The British corporation is the company behind PARCC, the controversial new exams New… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 22nd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Education, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Fate of former Wall schools boss heads to jury

assetContentFREEHOLD – After nine weeks of legal proceedings, the prosecution and defense in the trial of former Wall Township public schools Superintendent James Habel each delivered their closing arguments Wednesday. Habel, 58, was indicted in June 2013 on several charges, including second-degree official misconduct, theft by deception, financial facilitation of criminal activity, theft by failure to… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 4th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Crime, Crime and Punishment, Education, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Court, Monmouth County Prosecutor, Wall Township | Tags: , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Family drops lawsuit over Mater Dei closing

assetContent (43)MIDDLETOWN —The family suing to prevent the closure of Mater Dei Prep in Middletown is withdrawing its lawsuit. Brian Petrone said he decided to drop the suit, after speaking with school officials and alumni, out of concern that his action would harm his goal of having the Catholic high school become more financially secure. It’s not…

Posted: February 14th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Education, Middletown, Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off

Chris Christie’s About-Face on Common Core Standards Turns Debate Upside-Down

A month before New Jersey is to start controversial new state testing aligned to the Common Core State Standards, Gov. Chris Christie muddied the waters this week when he said he now has “grave concerns” about the standards he previously endorsed and which his administration is busy promoting. Speaking at a GOP… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: February 11th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie, Christie Administration, Education, Iowa | Tags: , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Mater Dei student’s family sues Diocese, school to prevent closure, report says

 

MIDDLETOWN — The Diocese of Trenton and Mater Dei Prep have reportedly been named in a new lawsuit filed by the family of one of the Catholic high school’s students looking to prevent the school from closing. In a complaint filed in Monmouth County Superior Court on Feb. 5, Brian and Heather Burns and their son,… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: February 11th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Education, Middletown, Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off

There is still Hope for Mater Dei Prep

Marter Dei logoMater Dei Prep, the Catholic High School in Middletown affiliated with St. Mary Parish has received a two month life line.

On Tuesday, Father Jeff Kegley announced the school would close its doors and stop educating young Catholics in June because after years of financial losses the parish could no longer sustain the school which is on track to lose $1 million this year.

Yesterday, encouraged by “the tremendous outpouring of support from the school and parish community to keep Mater Dei Prep open”, Fr. Kegley announced a two month fund raising campaign, “Save the Seraphs,” to raise the $1 million necessary to keep the school operating another year.

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Posted: February 6th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Education, Middletown, Monmouth County | Tags: , , | 2 Comments »

Mater Dei Prep to close in June

Marter Dei PrepMarter Dei Prep, the Catholic High School affiliated with St.Mary Parish in Middletown will close due to financial losses at the conclusion of the current school year, according to a press release issued today by Father Jeff Kegley, Pastor of the parish.

“It is with great sadness that I inform you that Mater Dei Prep will close at the end of this school year, June 2015. Over the many years, Mater Dei Prep has been running large financial deficits. It had been the hope of the Parish Finance Council and myself that these trends could be reversed. However, the 2014-2015 projected loss is close to one million dollars,” Kegley said.

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Posted: February 3rd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Education, Middletown, Monmouth County | Tags: , , , | 2 Comments »