Watch Christie’s Announcement at 1PM

Governor Chris Christie will be making an announcement this afternoon at 1pm, according to a statement from his office.

Insiders expect that the governor will announce a school funding deal for the next fiscal year negotiated between himself, Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto.

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Posted: June 21st, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Education, New Jersey, News, Property Taxes | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Interactive Map: Charting the Ups and Downs of Dems’ School-Aid Plan

You can toggle between districts by type — elementary, regional HS and K-12 — by clicking in the Visible layers box (K-12 are shown by default). To find a district, zoom in and move the map, or use the search box (with the magnifying glass). Hover over or click on a district for information. A day… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: June 16th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Education, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget, NJ Democrats, Property Taxes | Tags: , , , , , | 2 Comments »

N.J. teachers layoffs must be based on seniority, not performance, judge rules

TRENTON — A group of Newark parents has lost a legal battle to overhaul the way public school teachers in the state are laid-off — dealing another blow to education reform groups that have tried to dismantle similar protections across the country. In New Jersey, school districts must lay off teachers based on seniority, regardless of… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: May 5th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Education, New Jersey, Newark, News | Tags: , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Congressman Smith Announces Congressional App Challenge Winners

photo-76-630x472Four Monmouth County high school students enrolled in Communications High School in Wall Township were named the winners of the Congressional App Challenge from New Jersey’s 4th District, Congressman Chris Smith announced on Wednesday.

“The App Challenge encourages school students to become active in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields, computer science and programming by creating and exhibiting their software applications,” said Smith. “This challenge is an important step to inspire creativity, career skills and teamwork, which can help participating students to be poised for high-tech jobs of the future.”

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Posted: November 30th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Congress, Education, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Congressman Smith Announces Congressional App Challenge Winners

N.J. to hike salary cap for school superintendents after 5-year freeze

assetcontent-65TRENTON — New Jersey wants to hike the maximum salary for school superintendents to about $191,500 and allow them to make more if they stay in the same district beyond their first contract, the Christie administration announced Wednesday. The proposed increase from the existing $175,000 salary cap for many of the state’s school districts comes as… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: November 17th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Education, New Jersey | Tags: , , | 2 Comments »

Beck, constituents excluded from “non-political” meeting in Freehold with Sweeney

Senior citizen accosted by Democratic legislators’ staffers

Downey, Sweeny and Houghtaling. photo via facebook from a previous meeting

Downey, Sweeny and Houghtaling. photo via facebook from a previous meeting

Senate President Steve Sweeney held a meeting with public officials and education stakeholders at the Freehold legislative office of Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey this morning to discuss the school funding bill the three legislators are sponsoring.

Houghtaling told MMM about the meeting this morning during a phone call regarding former Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini’s call for him and Downey to join Sweeney in demanding that the U.S. Attorney and NJ Attorney General investigate the NJEA’s alleged extortion of Sweeney. Houghtaling repeatedly said that the Freehold meeting is “non-poltical.”

So why was Senator Jennifer Beck, a Republican excluded? Members of the Freehold Borough Council were invited.  The state senator representing Freehold was not invited?  That sounds like a political meeting with only Democrats invited.   Beck’s spokesman Mike Hughes told MMM that the senator was not invited to the meeting in Freehold.

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Posted: August 5th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, NJ State Legislature, NJEA, Stephen Sweeney | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments »

N.J. revises, renames Common Core academic standards

assetContentTRENTON — Nearly a year after Gov. Chris Christie declared that Common Core academic standards were “simply not working” in New Jersey, the state has adopted a revised and renamed version with few substantial departures from the original. The state Board of Education on Wednesday gave final approval to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards, a… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 4th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Education, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on N.J. revises, renames Common Core academic standards

Middletown Teacher Who Played Anti-Trump Video In Class Apologizes, Asks Supporters To Stand Down

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Joe Ventre

Joe Ventre, the Middletown High School South history teacher who sparked controversy in the community when he announced to the media that he was forced to resign over showing an anti-Trump video in his classroom and then rescinded the resignation has issued an open letter via a newly created twitter account wherein he  apologizes to the community for playing the “profane and inappropriate” video to his students.

Ventre said that he had no intention to cause any harm and that it is appropriate for parents and students to question his judgement. He absolved parents, students, the Board of Education and the administration of any fault in the matter which he said was entirely his responsibility.

The young non-tenured teacher apologized to “anyone injured or erroneously portrayed” by the incident, especially “any students and parents who expressed concerns.”  Ventre asked his supporters not to protest on his behalf with the Board of Education.  His letter can be viewed here or on twitter.

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Posted: April 26th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Education, Middletown, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Middletown Teacher Who Played Anti-Trump Video In Class Apologizes, Asks Supporters To Stand Down

N.J. sets a goal for number of kids it wants in charter schools

assetContentJERSEY CITY — During his State of the State address earlier this month, Gov. Chris Christie pledged to pursue the expansion of charter school opportunities for New Jersey students. On Friday, his education commission put a number on that goal. New Jersey hopes to expand to 50,000 charter schools seats, about a 9 percent increase from… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: January 31st, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Christie Administration, Education, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on N.J. sets a goal for number of kids it wants in charter schools

NJ’s Decision to Stick with PARCC Puts It Among Small Minority of States

As arguments over the state’s participation in PARCC rage on, it appears as if New Jersey’s reliance on the standardized tests is making it increasingly isolated. New Jersey is now just one of seven states, along with Washington, D.C., that is slated to give at least some version of the PARCC language arts and math in… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: November 13th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Education, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »