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Parent April 7, 2014 at 06:40 am
Grow up and become an adult!
Edubb April 7, 2014 at 11:43 pm
The real news is if she's going to prom and what her dress looks like...
Mrgrumpass April 16, 2014 at 09:19 am
She will drop out and become a pol dancer!
factchecker April 17, 2014 at 07:08 pm
Because the others will languish in underfunded schools that most people won't care about. I wouldRead More much rather see reform in the public schools so that all children can thrive. Not trying to shortchange good students.
golfer April 18, 2014 at 01:38 am
So factchecker, you're in favor of lowering the common denominator for exceptional students, down toRead More the level of students from well-funded inner-city students, who have less-talented teachers, that simply indoctrinate the kids with WHAT to think, so they can pass a test! Boy, that really makes sense.
Brian Hurrel April 18, 2014 at 06:27 am
@golfer: Please provide proof of your contention that charter school teachers are superior to publicRead More school teachers. Some charter schools have yearly turnover rates approaching 50%. This hardly makes for a stable environment or any kind of continuity. Charters also pay less and many are so desperate for staff, due to their lack of protections, benefits, and in some cases deplorable working conditions, not to mention unqualified administrators, that they will hire anyone who comes in the door. There are good charter schools but there are just as many bad ones as well. Why do you think some of them get shut down? You then cast aspersions on the motives of public school supporters. Frankly you sound like a paid shill for reformists. Or a conspiracy theorist with you "indoctrination" nonsense. Save the insults next time any there's a chance you might be taken seriously.
Parent April 7, 2014 at 06:45 am
This one just pisses me off, no Social-get one or get out-. Good for the district. If you are aRead More legal and you pay tax, have a DL ect., then this should be an easy one. F-in liberal BS, lets not hurt anyones feelings.
John Santaella April 10, 2014 at 08:45 pm
Baaaaaa. Baaaaaa.
makemyday April 16, 2014 at 12:59 pm
As a citizen, I have to prove who I am, prove where I live, where I was born in order to get aRead More drivers license. Years ago, I had to prove my kids had their shots, show their SS# and birth certificate to register for school. So why don't foreigners have to prove they are here legally before they reap the benefits of our country? Just asking?
High school graduation. (Patch file photo)
Betty Boop March 13, 2014 at 09:34 pm
That is why most colleges award Merit Money based upon SAT scores.
Legion March 13, 2014 at 11:46 pm
If this is true my dog could probably be eligible if he went through the Brick school system.
Rick Ricky March 15, 2014 at 02:05 pm
Schools in general is nothing but fakes. Not even close to accurate. To many reasons to list. YouRead More have to many dishonest people involved in the outcome in changes that shouldn't be. Yes, schools play to make it look one way that is not even close to what it should be. They rig the outcome to make their school look good for certain students who they might have a connection with in some way. You can have students who rank higher in lower level classes that are not even close in comparison that has no business being 2 or 3 in a class.
SH Resident March 15, 2014 at 12:22 am
Hey Joe-90% tax rate existed with a number of signifigant loopholes that resulted in a nominal taxRead More rate in the mid 40s for the highest earners...stop getting your talking points from MSNBC and think for yourself. and even if you took every dollar from the top 10% of earners in this nation, we would still have a deficit...spending is the issue, not revenue....do you get that fact or does your hatred for the wealthy cloud your ability to digest reality...
Joe R March 15, 2014 at 08:51 am
Hey SH, in the 1950s, the top marginal tax rate was 91% and the effective tax rate was about 51%Read More after the loopholes. Oh, so we don't have loopholes today??!? Ha, ha, ha. The current top marginal tax rate is 39.6% but that's before all the loopholes. The effective tax rate is even lower than 39.6%. JFK eliminated many of the loopholes and reduced the top marginal tax rate to 74%. That works for me.
SH Resident March 15, 2014 at 07:02 pm
Joe-I will agree to raise the marginal tax rate to 50%...what programs other than defense do youRead More propose to cut? Exactly none is probably your answer...cutting defense and raising taxes does not get us to a balanced budget...we need to cut spending...you socialists never seem to get that point...and moreover, how about EVERYONE has some skin in the game and has to pay some income tax.... you will never want to cut spending on social programs because then how will you bribe low information voters to win elections?
Kristin DiStefano February 28, 2014 at 06:29 am
Tom, I have no problem with cameras. And I believe in school choice. And as I said earlier, I don'tRead More have tenure as a private school teacher. Many of our ideas are not so different...
Social issues in Morristown Blog March 2, 2014 at 10:18 am
http://socialissuesinmotown.blogspot.com/ please visit our blog on illegal immigration!
Social issues in Morristown Blog March 2, 2014 at 10:18 am
http://socialissuesinmotown.blogspot.com/ please visit our blog on illegal immigration!
Emily February 14, 2014 at 11:57 am
Who wants to listen to that at 5:a.m. in the morning. I would have hung up. Not cute. Save your soRead More called talent for the school talent show.
anonymous February 15, 2014 at 01:13 am
I thought this was very funny. I even played it back for friends as we danced around the room. IRead More believe it is the quirky stuff in life that makes it all worth it. We all need a giggle every now and then and this passed dumb and went 180 degrees back to funny. If you want to see serious meet us in Washington DC March 16th 2014 for a mass protest against corruption when the mace and flashbangs start being thrown by police you will have a new respect for the little giggles in life. anonymous
Social issues in Morristown Blog March 2, 2014 at 10:19 am
http://socialissuesinmotown.blogspot.com/ please visit our blog on illegal immigration!
Rick Ricky February 13, 2014 at 09:52 am
Jim, Geez you are the one who can't be that ignorant yourself. You couldn't be more wrong and inRead More denial. Nothing jives with any of these tests. They compare SAT's and some schools average 1535 total and think that is good. I think that score is unacceptable. Just a little over what the state requires. The H.S. do little or just enough to get by. Just passing is good enough for them. You have schools who some considered top schools bragging how great they are getting average sat's at 1545. @Speedz..You are right on and I agree it is hard to figure out what makes sense versus real.
esther March 3, 2014 at 12:02 am
Here's what I measure when considering schools- and this applies directly to Montclair and allRead More districts- Has my child been taught to be an independent thinker, an active problem solver, willing to take on challenges, work as part of a team, and the confidence to work independently? Has my child met a teacher who has motivated him/her to be their best academic self and created a lifelong learner? That's how success is measured. Numbers/statistic can be tugged, pulled, hidden, adjusted, and manipulated. The cold hard facts that your child has the attributes previously listed above is the true measure. That's done here in Montclair and other districts in New Jersey and beyond- or at least it was true before the core curriculum standards and the broads invaded.
ED April 12, 2014 at 11:54 am
esther, You have a few things right. Numbers/Statistics can be tugged, pulled, hidden, adjusted andRead More manipulated. By Who? The same people who are running the schools and handing in these reports. Everything in NJ is corrupted.
Saddle Brook High School. File photo.
Larry Liberty January 23, 2014 at 12:21 pm
Too bad the cowards at the Fair Lawn BoE won't do the same. Too many of them have aspirations forRead More "higher" office.
A screenshot from the Fair Lawn Schools app.
Luis Ariel Lopez Wei January 24, 2014 at 03:58 pm
Gee, that's great... When are they going to start letting student utilize their smart technology inRead More class... We're in the 21st century...
Deleted because of harassment January 24, 2014 at 05:01 pm
what he said /|\
Snow in Fair Lawn. File photo.
Jim Leggate (Editor) January 21, 2014 at 09:09 pm
Mich- you're right, thanks for pointing it out.
95Crash January 22, 2014 at 12:19 am
What is BSI kindergarten?
Larry Liberty January 23, 2014 at 12:23 pm
The schools should still be closed in Fair Lawn. After all, aside from the county and state roadsRead More ALL of ours are still WHITE and have snow and ice on the surface.
Snow in Fair Lawn. File photo.
Michael Rosenberg January 21, 2014 at 06:50 am
Changed to regular early release times. See the website if you are unsure of times.Read More www.fairlawnschools.org.
FLMOM January 21, 2014 at 07:21 am
12:25 for the HS
Superintendent Bruce Watson. File photo.
Irving Schlatter January 21, 2014 at 07:56 am
The people on the Board apparently haven't pinched themselves to realize that Fair Lawn cannotRead More sustain this budget any longer. Champagne wishes and Caviar dreams with middle class folks! 50x100 lots paying 10k in taxes!
FL4LIFE January 21, 2014 at 10:25 am
i think there are definitely ways to save money and reduce budget. i think the main problem is theRead More salaries and multiple positions added in the administration. when i was a kid in elementary school which was about 20 years ago, we had a principal and that was it. now every school has a principal, a vice principal, sometimes a dean to discipline children (dont see why the vice principal cant take care of that) multiple guidance councilors. then we pay all of them six figure salaries. i think we have to either reduce the positions and give them more responsibilities to justify the massive salaries or keep the positions and reduce the salaries. also i think teachers have a tough job and deserve to be paid for it, however our system only rewards time and not ability. considering the days off (spring breaks, winter breaks holiday breaks, summer time) i think a should make 40-75k depending on ability. with summer school or coaching or running a club a good teacher can make 75k plus an extra 10k which most people would consider a great salary. however we have teachers making over 100k not because of ability or effort but because they have been there for so long.
Michael Agosta January 21, 2014 at 10:40 am
This is a great resource to see what everyone earns off the Fair Lawn taxpayer's back.Read More http://www.nj.com/news/bythenumbers/
Alex C February 17, 2014 at 12:15 pm
I don't want NJ to be a full on right to work. I am actually against full on right to work as I seeRead More it as meddling in private business, which I am just as opposed too as I am public sector unions. I believe it should be right to work for the public sector. That's it. Also, I am educated enough in economics and history to know that unions alone did not lead to better working conditions in the U.S., and that if you eliminated all unions tomorrow, we would not return to the dangerous factories, and long hours, because we are at a point culturally that would never allow that. The unions have by and large outlived their usefulness. But again, whatever a private company wants to do is literally their business. My only issue is with public sector unions.
Phil Brooks February 18, 2014 at 01:32 pm
Alex, No, we won't return to the days of Triangle Shirtwaist as there are myriad OHSA rules to takeRead More care of that. But, eliminate collective bargaining and other agreed upon contractual terms and we will definitely take a step back. Sorry, but I feel big business alone won't take care of their employees, as it's profits first. They need a checks and balances system that unions provide. // Public sector unions? I see your point but, as there are so many people doing the same jobs (are you going to negotiate with every teacher, policeman, fireman and DPW worker individually?), collective bargaining is probably the way to go. But there should be provisions in place as to where every dollar of dues goes and you can check off where (or not) you want your dues money to go. How does that sound?
Liberty February 19, 2014 at 09:44 am
Fair Lawn High School. File photo.
Deleted because of harassment January 21, 2014 at 08:51 pm
The administration is not the real problem. And you don't have a clue as to what goes on in aRead More special needs classroom or the nature of the students in it. You want to defend a supposed educator that responds to a student with a brain injury with a profanity and a threat? Go ahead...you've already dug yourself a hole with siding with someone not competent enough to control himself while pigeonholing students as if they were a room full of thugs and not being taught by one who acted like one.
jim January 22, 2014 at 08:39 am
haha, clearly you do not know what goes on in the "special needs" classrooms. there areRead More different types of learning disabilities and more severe cases, some that flhs arent equipped to handle but they wont admit it because they get extra funding for them. i dont call them thugs but some students do not have special needs and/or metal issues, they just have severe behavioral issues and it is a FACT that those students are grouped in with special needs children and that doesnt benefit either of them (it actually hurts them). im not defending anyone, i said the teach was wrong to behave like that. people like you will complain and make a huge deal out of a 10 sec video clip and demand this teacher gets fired, but that does not fix the real problem. i like how you claim i dont know what im talking about when its clear you have no clue. i work with special needs children out of school and have seen the classrooms they are put in. i work with a kid who has severe autism and he is in a classroom with a few kids with slight ADD and a bunch of trouble makers, the teachers are too busy babysitting the troublemakers to give him the attention he needs. the child i work with gets nothing out of being in the class. go sit in on a class or get some first hand knowledge before you start typing.
Jeff January 22, 2014 at 05:33 pm
Jim - sadly you are highly inaccurate in your description. First of all, if you work with specialRead More needs kids, then you know that each has an IEP that, by law, must be followed followed by all those involved in the child's education. If they don't, then the person is at risk for both disciplinary and legal action. I am assuming that you have a special education certification based upon your stated work experience, so you can appreciate that there is a spectrum of needs that define special education. In no case should a person who has over 2 decades of experience be allowed to behave as he did no matter how much the student pushed him. As to your comment that the students are lumped together, that is the fault of the school and they do bear a great deal of responsibility for not providing the accommodations needed to properly educate the student. In fact, there is a great deal of fault here - school administration and the teacher both. But as someone who is quite familiar with this matter, a teacher who is in over his or her head has only to pick up the intercom and call for help, or send the student to the office before losing control of himself and the classroom.
Fair Lawn Board of Education President Michael Rosenberg. File photo.
choopalapina December 20, 2013 at 02:53 pm
Jim , then we agree on the fact that Specials in his category need to be in their own educationalRead More facility for their benefit... secondary to that is I'm glad to see you acknowledged the need for this teacher to maintain controls of the incorrigibles
jim December 20, 2013 at 03:17 pm
i dont agree with separate facilities. they should be in the same facilities but it should be doneRead More right. fair lawn has enough special education children to put them in thier own class and not mix a couple of them in a history class with kids that have behavioral issues. in classes like math English science and history it probably hinders a lot of students because the class is moving too slow for some and too fast for others. but i think it could be beneficial for both if they are in the same school and participate in some elective type classes, clubs, and activities together. i dont condone what the teacher did but its understandable why he did. the school sticks all the kids with behavioral issues in one class with a couple kids with real special needs, it must be nearly impossible to get anything done without raising your voice once in awhile
Ezra P. December 20, 2013 at 05:36 pm
I will only comment on special education. I think most of you who are advocating for separateRead More classrooms - have never taken a look at the law - with regards to least restrictive environment and integration. If the kid can handle the course academically and under normal conditions function in a main stream classroom - then keeping him separated is against federal laws. Does he need an aid in the classroom - I do not know the particulars. There are a number of special education classrooms in the boro - most of them are in the mainstream schools - so that whenever possible the students can integrate with the rest of the kids - with the eventual goal of integration.
The Fair Lawn Board of Education meets in Edison School. File photo.
Michael Agosta December 21, 2013 at 12:20 pm
It's very unprofessional for an elected official to post rhetoric on blogs. Mr Rosenberg, stopRead More making a mockery of the Christian holiday.
Deleted because of harassment December 21, 2013 at 01:11 pm
What Mr. Rosenberg said was appropriate in response to the event. Some of the comments here borderRead More on those of children pretending to be adults. Including the profoundly ignorant who know nothing of the process involved in the district's education progams but pretend to be speaking out of something other than their butts. I hope that the response to what happened is open and public and leads to the recognition that covering up transgressions does nothing to improve the educational system - either for teachers or those that ultimately are supposed to be served by it. No one lackig discipline can teach others to have discipline, or lacking respect for others can be an example of how to be respectful. As a parent, I remain unsurprised that this came out, and hopeful that there can be a positive solution to deal with it in the future and improve the school district.
The Gman December 22, 2013 at 07:47 am
Deleted..........Well said.......
Fair Lawn High School. File photo.
George Murphy December 29, 2013 at 03:05 am
Pubic School Systems: Oh, am I glad to be away from them, entirely!
George Murphy December 29, 2013 at 03:10 am
FLMOM - You do not have the total facts. With an approach like that it is no wonder why these kidsRead More sit where they are. I think we need to bring back corporal punishment. This kid said something to incite the problem, obviously. The teacher is in charge of the classroom, and, is responsible for its proper management, period!!!!!!!!!!!! Now, on the flip side, any teacher who violates the ethics code - regardless, must be shown the door!
Michelle Rowe January 9, 2014 at 08:22 am
Can't seem to find out any additional information about this - is it being pushed under another rugRead More - again?
Thomas Edison School could be reopened as a full school or kindergarten center. File photo.
Martine N. December 16, 2013 at 10:01 am
This is GREAT news! I would like to thank those "newcomers" to the board, Jeff Klein andRead More Mark Spindel, who really made this their #1 priority (as they said they would in their campaigns). I know that Mr. Klein specifically has brought up this topic at numerous board meetings. Prior to Mr. Klein and Mr. Spindel's election the current board (with the exception of a few) pretty much decided that since the idea of full day kindergarten had failed once it was never going to work. This is why sometimes we need a little change!
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