Christie Pension Commission Calls For N.j. Public Worker Health Care Cuts

February 11th, 2016

The following is an article from NJ.com, here is a link to the article:

TRENTON — A bipartisan commission appointed by Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday released a more detailed plan to drastically reduce New Jersey’s public employee pension and health care costs.

It’s been a year since the commission first introduced its sweeping plan to reinvent government workers’ benefits. At first, sold the plan around the state, but that campaign gave way to his presidential one.

The latest report confirms state and local governments can save billions of dollars by moving workers onto less generous health care plans, commission members said.… Read the rest

Chris Christie Drops Out of Presidential Race After New Hampshire Flop

February 10th, 2016

The following is an article from the New York Times, here is a link to the article:

Gov. Chris of New Jersey, a once-commanding figure in the Republican Party who struggled to attract support for his presidential campaign but unsettled the race with his strident attacks on Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, ended his run for the White House on Wednesday.

The decision came a day after Mr. Christie came in sixth in the New Hampshire primary, an embarrassing result after he had focused the bulk of his campaign’s efforts on the state. He was also facing the prospect of being left out of the group that will take the stage at the Republican debate on Saturday because of his poor showings in the Iowa caucuses last week and in New Hampshire on Tuesday.… Read the rest

Stop Demonizing Teachers, Governor

January 18th, 2016

The following is an editorial from the Start Ledger, NJ.com, Here is a link to the editorial:

Gov. is right when he says that New Jersey can’t afford to cover the growing costs of pension and health benefits, and that we need a second round of reform that would reduce benefits further. The math is unforgiving.

But his attack on teachers in his State of the State speech was totally out of line. He’s continuing to beat up on them because he knows it plays well to his conservative base, which harbors a deep animus toward their union.

Yet Christie’s not just targeting union leaders.… Read the rest

N.J. Could Keep Nearly 85 Percent Of Common Core Standards

January 12th, 2016

The following is an article from NJ.com, here is a link to the article:

— The committee that reviewed Common Core in New Jersey is recommending the state make no changes to about 84 percent of the academic standards that Gov. declared were “simply not working.”

New Jersey’s Standards Review Committee on Monday released 232 recommended changes to the state’s 1,427 math and language arts standards, which outline what students should know and be able to do at each grade level.

Some of those changes would result in moving a standard — like when students should be able to distinguish long and short vowels — from one grade level to another.… Read the rest

Head Start Preschools: Enriching The Lives Of New Jersey’s Poorest Kids

January 11th, 2016

The following is an article from NJSpotlight.com:

But popular pre-K program faces challenges on several fronts, including critical report disputing long-term gains for youngest students

Amid the tree-covered hills along New Jersey’s northern border, Elaine Ruhl and her staff run a preschool for poor children. In the classrooms and outdoor play areas, the kids keep busy all day with familiar preschool activities: building with blocks, learning letters and numbers, finger painting, getting dirty in the garden, and playing on slides.

But the facility in Ringwood, one of nine in Passaic County run by the Center for Family Resources, offers much more than a first educational experience.… Read the rest