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Fine Print: NJ’s New Details on Reopening Schools

New guidelines on mandatory face masks, with 10 exceptions

BY JOHN MOONEY , NJSpotlight

Title: “School Reopening Frequently Asked Questions”

Author: New Jersey Department of Education

When: Friday, Aug. 7, 2020

What it is: The Murphy administration on Friday released the latest guidance for the reopening of schools in the form of an FAQ (“frequently asked questions”). The guidelines include the latest rules on the mandatory use of face masks, conditions around social distancing in the classroom, and a range of other issues involved with opening schools.

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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.

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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.

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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 »

Murphy: Schools remain closed for academic year

New Jersey’s public schools will remain closed for the remainder of the academic year, Governor Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 briefing on Monday. Teachers will continue to instruct students remotely.

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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.

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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

Brookdale-Georgian Court agreement cuts cost of a bachelors degree by 75%

Georgian Court President Joseph R. Marbach, Ph.D. (left) and Brookdale President David Stout, Ph.D. (right)

A new agreement between Brookdale Community College and Georgian Court University enables students to receive a four year baccalaureate for less than the average cost of tuition for one year at a private college.

Local college students can receive an associates and a bachelors degree for a cost of less than $33,000 under the new 3 + 1 program offered by Brookdale and Georgian Court.  The average annual tuition at a four year private college was $34,790 in the 2017-2018 school year, according to StudentDebtRelief.us

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Posted: November 27th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Brookdale Community College, Education, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Brookdale-Georgian Court agreement cuts cost of a bachelors degree by 75%

Pezzullo Muses About the American Education System

Rich Pezzullo

By Rich Pezzullo

Tell me anything that took 12 years to accomplish in 1960 that takes that long today?  Hmm

Education of a useful productive adult human?  Politicians touting free college are trying to  make the case that now it should take 16 years of education to make a human productive, engaged, happy and, with a nod towards Maslow, capable of self-actualization.

“You say you want a revolution?”, try this on for size. Instead of creating an new economy for the realities of the 21st century, why don’t we create a new education system to feed the economy that has shown itself to be capable of taking every sort of labor input and creating jobs, products and services?

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Posted: September 27th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Education, Opinion | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Pezzullo Muses About the American Education System

Impreveduto: Now is the time to start preparing kindergartners for the first day of school

Freeholder Pat Impreveduto with students in Long Branch last year

Freeholder Deputy Director Pat Impreveduto, the liaison to the County Superintendent of Schools and a life long educator, is advising parents of children who will be attending kindergarten in September to start preparing their kids now, in early August. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: August 5th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Education, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Impreveduto: Now is the time to start preparing kindergartners for the first day of school