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NJ School Reopening: What’s Next as Plans Are Made to Open Classrooms

Lawmakers, unions and activists are weighing in as schools work out details

By JOHN MOONEY , NJSpotlight

The back-and-forth continued this week over what New Jersey schools will look like in a month, with districts up against an August deadline to devise their reopening plans and others not shy about weighing in on what those plans should look like.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: July 31st, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, Education, New Jersey | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

New COVID-19 Concern for NJ Schools: Will Teachers Return to Classrooms?

Freeholder Pat Impreveduto with students in Long Branch

By John Mooney, NJSpotlight

A great deal has been said about reopening New Jersey schools in the fall while ensuring that children remain healthy and safe. But worries are also surfacing about what going back will mean for teachers — and even whether enough of them will be willing to return to the classroom.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: July 10th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, Education, New Jersey | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on New COVID-19 Concern for NJ Schools: Will Teachers Return to Classrooms?

Opinion | Racial insensitivity exists everywhere, we are not immune

Jada Tulloch and Luke Farrell, Middletown High School North seniors. Photo courtesy of Luke Ferrell

By Luke Ferrell

Middletown, it’s time that we have a conversation about race. Merriam-Webster defines a conversation as “an oral exchange of sentiments, observations, opinions, or ideas”. Let’s “exchange” ways to make our community a better place without “exchanging” hate or negativity. I’d like to explain why even the “fifth safest city in America to raise a child” (SafeWise, 2016) cannot be excluded from hearing stories of overcoming racial adversity.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: June 7th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Education, Middletown, Monmouth County News, Opinion, Race | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

Middletown North Valedictorian Expresses Contradictory Views Of Her Educational Experience

Jada Tulloch, the 2020 valedictorian of Middletown High School North, said she “had a great experience in Middletown public schools” and that she “wouldn’t have it any other way” in an interview with Sophia Haber Brock of Sophia Directs published on May 24.


Jada Tulloch, the 2020 valedictorian of Middletown High School North, caused quite a stir in the Monmouth County, NJ community this week with an angry and inflammatory video posted on Instagram alleging racial discrimination throughout her education.
Read the rest of this entry » Posted: June 5th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Education, Middletown, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 18 Comments »

Murphy Cuts School Funding by $336 Million

Governor Phil Murphy announced school funding cuts in the amounts of $336 million due to the pandemic related revenue shortfall, northjersey.com reports.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: May 30th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, Education, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

COVID-19 layoffs are coming for N.J. teachers. How bad will it get?

The coronavirus pandemic has already upended teachers’ lives, banishing them from their classrooms to teach students from home.

Now, as a grueling school year nears its end, some New Jersey teachers are receiving a cruel reward: A pink slip, courtesy of the crushing economic weight of the crisis.

Facing a Friday deadline to notify those teachers who won’t be brought back next year, many districts have already told non-tenured educators they won’t be offered a contract for the fall until schools know just how badly their finances will be hurt by COVID-19, said Richard Bozza, executive director of t… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 15th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, Education, New Jersey | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

Impreveduto calls for COVID-19 appropriate high school graduation ceremonies

2006 Secaucus High School Yearbook

Monmouth County Freeholder Patrick Impreveduto, a retired high school educator, is calling upon Governor Phil Murphy to allow New Jersey’s high schools to commemorate the accomplishments of their graduating seniors with modified commencement ceremonies.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: May 12th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, Education, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

Murphy to Announce Today Whether Schools Will Be Closed Through End of Year

While thousands of students are still without necessary technology for remote instruction, education officials say there are ways to close the gaps

By John Mooney, NJSpotlight

Gov. Phil Murphy is expected to announce today whether schools will remain closed and on remote instruction for the rest of the school year, with most bets that he will call it for the year.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: May 4th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, Education, New Jersey | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Murphy to Announce Today Whether Schools Will Be Closed Through End of Year

N.J. schools closed through at least May 15, Murphy says

New Jersey schools will be closed through at least May 15 because of the coronavirus pandemic, with the state’s 1.4 million students continuing to learn from home, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Thursday.

Murphy initially ordered all schools in the Garden State— public and private, including pre-K and college — to close March 18 for at least two weeks. He later extended that closure to April 17, saying he would not reopen schools until medical experts tell him it’s safe.

Now, his unprecedented order will last at least four more weeks.“Let me be perfectly clear: There is nobody who wants to open the sc… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 16th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, Education, New Jersey | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on N.J. schools closed through at least May 15, Murphy says

Smith announces $24 million for CD-4 colleges and career institutes

Colleges and career institutes in New Jersey’s 4th Congressional District will receive $24 million in emergency COVID-19 funding from the CARES Act, the $2 trillion stimulus bill to help communities devastated by the coronavirus pandemic  signed by President Trump on March 27, according to an announcement from Congressman Chris Smith.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: April 13th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, COVID-19, Education, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Smith announces $24 million for CD-4 colleges and career institutes