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October 9, 2014

Asbury Park Boys & Girls Club Continues To See Improvements

The following is an article from the AsburyParkSun, here is a link to the article:

Asbury Park Boys & Girls Club kids walked through a new set of doors into a fully renovated club space for the first time today.

Through a partnership with Lowe’s home improvement store’s Local Heroes program, improvements to the first floor of the building were completed Sunday, according to Douglas Eagles, the club’s executive director.

“It’s gorgeous,” said Eagles. “Lowe’s redid the entire first floor — from the floor to the ceiling and everything in between.”

Improvements include a new tile floor, sheet rock walls with a fresh coat of paint, new drop-ceiling tiles, new carpeting in offices, a set of new front doors and additional landscaping set off by masonry pavers, Eagles said.

The back patio sports new picnic tables, a grill and a new storage shed, he said.

About $100,000 in renovations to the club’s second-floor recreation and computer rooms were completed last month.… Read the rest

October 8, 2014

Changing N.J. Pension System To 401k Would Cost $42 Billion, Liberal Think Tanks Say

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

TRENTON — Shifting New Jersey’s public employee pension plan to a 401k system would cost $42 billion in the long run, two liberal think tanks claimed today.

In a joint report, New Jersey Policy Perspective and the Keystone Research Center — a Harrisburg, PA-based group — said New Jersey’s pension plan is similar in size and funding to Pennsylvania’s system.

In Pennsylvania, state actuaries, in response to a proposal by Gov. Tom Corbett, conducted an analysis of how much it would cost to shift to a 401k.

“What did actuaries in Pennsylvania estimate would be the transition cost? Forty-two billion,” the report’s author, Keystone Research Center Executive Director Stephen Herzenberg, said in a call with reporters. “So it’s no surprise that when Pennsylvania’s legislature got that eye-popping estimate in May and June of last year, that led Pennsylvania to back away from a switch to a defined contribution account.”

Herzenberg said the $42 billion would be borne by workers, retirees and taxpayers over three decades.… Read the rest

October 7, 2014

Assembly Leaders Lend Support To Teacher-training Proposals By NJEA

The follwing is an article from NJSpotlight.com, here is a link to the article:

Support creation of study panel, propose legislative and regulatory moves to enact reforms

A plan being pushed by the state’s teachers unions and its teachers colleges for rethinking how to train and retain teachers won some key backing yesterday from Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson).

The report by the Garden State Alliance for Strengthening Education — a consortium of teacher, supervisor and higher education groups — recommends creating a commission to review the state’s requirements for teacher preparation both in university and alternate settings, and also calls for steps to strengthen support systems for teachers once on the job.

The report, “Taking Back the Profession,” was released last weekend at an event led by the New Jersey Education Association, the New Jersey Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, and the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association.… Read the rest

October 7, 2014

NJ Education Officials Unveil Test Requirements For High-schoolers To Graduate

The follwing is an article from NJSpotlight.com, here is a link to the article:

While plan offers options in lieu of passing PARCC exams, critics say plan breaks promise to delay mandate

Ever since the Christie administration’s announcement two years ago that it would introduce new high-school testing, there have been questions about exactly what students would need to pass to graduate.

The state Department of Education yesterday started to answer that question with a transition plan for the next four years, offering a menu of options for students starting with the Class of 2016, who are now in their junior year.

The plan calls for requiring graduating students to pass at least one of the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests each in math and language arts, but also offers the option of letting students “substitute” a minimum score on the SAT or some other college entrance exam, as well as the option of going through an appeals process using a portfolio of student work.… Read the rest

October 1, 2014

NJ Education Officials Unveil Test Requirements For High-schoolers To Graduate

The follwing is an article from NJSpotlight.com, here is a link to the article:

While plan offers options in lieu of passing PARCC exams, critics say plan breaks promise to delay mandate

Ever since the Christie administration’s announcement two years ago that it would introduce new high-school testing, there have been questions about exactly what students would need to pass to graduate.

The state Department of Education yesterday started to answer that question with a transition plan for the next four years, offering a menu of options for students starting with the Class of 2016, who are now in their junior year.

Final Report of College and Career Readiness Task Force
The plan calls for requiring graduating students to pass at least one of the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests each in math and language arts, but also offers the option of letting students “substitute” a minimum score on the SAT or some other college entrance exam, as well as the option of going through an appeals process using a portfolio of student work.… Read the rest

September 16, 2014

EDITORIAL: A New Day For Asbury Schools

The Following is an editorial from the Asbury Park Press, here is a link to the aritcle:

Finally.

Last week, the divided Asbury Park Board of Education finally accomplished something that it had been unwilling or unable to do for months: reach a consensus on a new school superintendent.

Board members unanimously voted to appoint Lamont Repollet, principal of Carteret High School for the past eight years, as its permanent superintendent. That is major news, given the fiasco of the past year, in which a narrow board majority twice attempted to install Gregory Allen in the position, only to have it overturned by state monitor Carol Morris, who argued the process for choosing him was flawed.

This time, Morris, approved the board’s selection, citing Repollet’s “proven record of success” as well as the process by which it arrived at its choice. “I think he’s a very good fit for Asbury Park,” Morris said.… Read the rest

July 13, 2014

Teachers, Union Reps Blast ‘Flawed’ Teacher Evaluation System

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

TRENTON — Some 40 teachers, parents, union representatives and other education officials told four members of the New Jersey State Board of Education that the state’s new teacher evaluation system is fundamentally flawed and should be changed or put on hold until it can be fixed.

Identified by their “get it right!” stickers, members of the New Jersey Education Association, the state’s largest teacher union, dominated the speakers testifying at an afternoon hearing that followed Wednesday’s monthly meeting of the state board.

“I stand before you today asking you to change these regulations and delay the use of test scores in this evaluation system going forward,” NJEA president Wendell Steinhauer said. “It is unfair to teachers and students to make high-stakes decisions based on a new test, one that has not had a state-wide field test.”

The testimony followed a meeting highlighted by a presentation from Department of Education Chief Academic Officer Tracey Severns, who defended the state’s push to roll out the new computer-based test to measure student mastery of material as well as to evaluate teacher effectiveness.… Read the rest

July 12, 2014

NJ State Board Of Education Adopts New Curriculum Standards

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

TRENTON — The New Jersey State Board of Education approved new curriculum standards for seven subject areas and preschool teaching and learning today at its monthly meeting in Trenton.

The board approved new state guidelines for social studies, world languages, visual and performing arts, health and physical education and science. The standards outline the knowledge and skills students should acquire in grades K-12.

In addition, the board reaffirmed its commitment to the Common Core State Standards for language arts and math. These standards, first adopted in 2010, have been adopted by almost 40 states.

Before the vote, Tracey Severns, the education department’s chief academic officer, gave an impassioned defense of the standards and the tests that will measure them. The tests, called the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness of College and Careers, or PARCC, are computerized tests that will replace the NJASK and the HSPA tests next spring.… Read the rest

July 11, 2014

State BOE Meeting Mirrors Statehouse Concerns About Teacher Evaluations

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

Quiet meeting in July listens to more than three-dozen educators concerned about new statewide testing system

As the stop-and-start drama continues in the Statehouse, the State Board of Education just a mile away got an earful yesterday about the New Jersey’s new teacher evaluation system.

The board ostensibly was hosting public testimony on some nominal changes to administrative code, but from more than three dozen speakers, the prevailing theme was the precarious state of the evaluation system rolled out in earnest this year.

Individual teachers spoke to the challenges of being evaluated by a system in which administrators — and teachers themselves — have barely any training.

Advocates from several of the big education groups, including the state’s largest teachers union, once again asked for the state to slow down.

“I ask why the rush to put this process into place, when we don’t even know how many procedural issues there are,” said Wendell Steinhauer, president of the New Jersey Education Association.… Read the rest

July 10, 2014

Analysis: Christie’s Options Limited When It Comes To Plans For PARCC Testing

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

The governor has hinted publicly at a compromise on new PARCC tests, but what will he do and when will he do it?

When Gov. Chris Christie made a comment last month at one of his town-hall-style meetings about a compromise concerning the new PARCC exams, he sparked off a guessing game.

What would the governor propose for the controversial rollout of the online national tests? How would that fit with the Legislature’s apparent intent to press a long review — and delay — on the impact of the new tests? And when would Christie actually come forward with his compromise?

At stake is an important measurement of how thousands of teachers and hundreds of schools will be judged next year with the advent of the online Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers tests, which are tied to the Common Core State Standards.… Read the rest

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