In Freehold, 611 voters, 11% of those registered rejected borrowing $33 million for school construction by 241 to 370. An identical referendum was defeated by Borough voters on September 30 by 273 to 374. There are 1644 students residing in the district. The average property tax bill in Freehold Borough would have increased by $278 per year had the measure passed.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Education, Elections, Freehold, Monmouth County, Ocean Township, West Long Branch | Tags: Freehold Borough School Referendum, Monmouth County, Ocean Township School Referendum, School Referendums, West Long Branch School Referendum | 3 Comments »
Whether the Borough’s residents voted for or against the Board’s referendum, no one can deny that the overcrowding has been and remains an issue which requires an acceptable solution. The conflict arises as to whether the solution should cost the Freehold Borough taxpayers close to $33 million.
A recent newspaper article read that 36 Borough pupils have been honored for earning a perfect score of 300 on the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge testing. Despite the lack of proper classroom space, the teachers and students have managed to overcome and excel, which should be commended. The dedication of the staff and the willingness of the students to learn is, in fact, the true essence of an education. No matter where the lesson is held, whether in a classroom, a gymnasium, in the corridor or under a tree in the courtyard, the core of education is in the connection made between the teacher and his pupil, not the venue.admin | Filed under: Abbott Ruling, Education, Freehold, Monmouth County | Tags: $33 million, Abbot Designation, Abbott Ruling, Education, Freehold Borough, Freehold Borough School Referendum, Gianna Dell'Omo, school, School funding | Comments Off
School nurses and other trained personnel would be authorized to administer epinephrine to any student having an anaphylactic reaction under legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande (R-11).
Casagrande’s bill, A-304 was passed in the Assembly, 73-0, on May 22 and was approved by the Senate Education Committee unanimously this morning. If approved by the full Senate, the bill will go to Governor Chris Christie whose signature will make it law.
“As many as two children in every classroom have at least one food allergy,” said Casagrande, R – Monmouth. “Schools should be able to respond quickly and appropriately to help children with a serious allergic reaction.”
Recent studies suggest that one in 13 children are affected by food allergies. More than 15 percent of school aged children with food allergies have had a reaction at school.admin | Filed under: 11th Legislative District, Caroline Casagrande, Education, Monmouth County, New Jersey, NJ State Legislature, School Safety | Tags: anaphylactic reaction, Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande, Epinephrine, Food Allergies, NJ Legislature, NJ Schools, Schools | 4 Comments »
New Jersey high school and college film students will have a chance to compete for an summer internship with Sony Pictures Classics in a contest announced today by the Count Basie Theatre.
PROJECT FX, the theater’s Statewide Student Film Festival, looks to inspire, invite and recognize emerging talent right in our own back yard and bring it before a panel of judges that can advance New Jersey’s reputation as a breeding ground for fantastic technical, directional and / or creative film making talent.
Students from all New Jersey high schools, public, private and parochial, as well as student is public and private colleges, universities and community colleges are invited to participate.
Entries, which must be no more than 10 minutes long and produced in 2013 or later, will be accepted until February 15, 2014.admin | Filed under: Art, Count Basie Theatre, Education, Monmouth County, New Jersey, News | Tags: Count Basie Theatre, Monmouth County, New Jersey, Project FX, Project FX Film Festival, Student filmakers | Comments Off
Biotech High School, Pace Charter School, Performing Arts Academy and St. Gregory the Great recognized
“Educating our children is among the most important investment we can make in our families’ and our nation’s future,” said Smith. “I am thrilled that four of the 11 Blue Ribbon Schools in New Jersey are located right here in the Fourth Congressional District of New Jersey.”
The four schools being recognized for their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups, which requires demonstrating that all students can achieve to high levels, are:admin | Filed under: Education, Press Release | Tags: Biotechnology High School, CD-4, Congressman Chris Smith, Freehold, Monmouth County, National Blue Ribbon Schools, New Jersey, NJ 4, Press Release | Comments Off
William Kolibas, Jr was unanimously elected President of the Hazlet Board of Education on Monday evening, according to a statement by Superintendent Bernard F. Bragen, Jr Ed. D.
Kolibas replaces Stephen F. Willig who stepped down after serving on the Board for nine years due to conflicts with his work schedule.
Lauri O’ Leary was elected to replace Kolibas as Vice President.
The Board is seeking a replacement for Willig and hope to appoint the new member at its November 17, 2014 meeting. Interested parties should contact Board Secretary Chris Mullins, CMullins@hazlet.org or 732-264-8401 ext. 1109.Posted: September 24th, 2014 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Education, Hazlet, Monmouth County, New Jersey | Tags: Bernard F Bragen, Hazlet, Hazlet Board of Education, Lauri O'Leary, Monmouth County, New Jersey, Stephen Willig, William Kolibas Jr | Comments Off
By Senator Joe Kyrillos
A JUNE 10 California court ruling that teacher tenure laws are unconstitutional and violate students’ rights to quality education signals the need for further education reforms in New Jersey and other states across the country.
New Jersey was the first state to pass tenure legislation more than 100 years ago, and despite bipartisan reforms enacted two years ago, many antiquated state education laws still persist.
In 2012, the Legislature and Governor Christie compromised to pass a bipartisan reform law, addressing teacher tenure and the teacher dismissal process. Although it was a good first step, that effort came up short because public teachers’ unions had enough influence over the Legislature to preserve policies such as “last-in, first-out.”
LIFO forces schools to ignore educator effectiveness and lay off high-performing, bright educators, instead of ineffective, more senior ones.admin | Filed under: Education, Joe Kyrillos | Tags: California court, Education, Joe Kyrillos, Judge Rolf Treu, LIFO, Senator Joe Kyrillos, Teacher Tenure, Tenure | Comments Off
A bill to slow the impact of the new Common Core State Standards and accompanying student testing won big — and bipartisan — approval from the state Assembly this week. Now the question is: What happens next? The measure won a 72-4 victory in the…
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