School Budget Confusion?

A colleague asked me today “How are you dealing with all this confusion around the school budget?” My response was that I’m not confused.  I’m crystal clear about what has happened, is happening and will keep on happening if nothing is done to correct the harm and

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Reflections of N’taaliyah Banks Before the Stockholm Trip

  N’taaliyah Banks, a high school senior, is one of the young ladies who recently participated in the Girls United For the Earth’s (GUFE) presentation in Stockholm, Sweden at the American Geophysical Union’s international Geoscience and Society conference. We are excited to share her reflections before the

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Testimony to Assembly Budget Committee

Testimony to Assembly Budget Committee Wednesday, March 27, 2019 Given by Rosie Grant, Executive Director Good Morning Assembly Budget Committee members. Thank you for this opportunity to speak. We are grateful to Governor Murphy for the $13 million increase in next year’s State aid. $10 million of

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Building a Community of Trust

Building a Community of Trust November 6, 2018 “Restorative practices (or restorative justice) is used to build a sense of school community and resolve conflict by repairing harm and restoring positive relationships.” Please click on the link to read more about creating a safe and healthy environment

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Paterson Regains Local Control

Paterson regained local control of its public schools today after 27 years! Kudos to everyone who got us there! Since the State of NJ took over the district in 1991, PEF has been on the frontline demanding accountability and advocating for a process by which local control

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Chronic Absenteeism and Suspension Issue 2016-2017 School Year

Every Student Succeed Act is the most recent version of federal education law replacing No Child Left Behind. The New Jersey Department of Education selected chronic absenteeism as its measure of school quality and student success for the ESSA accountability plan. Chronic Absenteeism is defined as being

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Chronic Absenteeism and Suspension Issue

  The State of New Jersey, Department of Education Performance Report Card defines an absence as being ‘not present’ and includes both excused and unexcused absences.  Looking at these numbers we noticed that suspensions and chronic absenteeism is correlated in some schools, while in others the numbers

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ESSA State Plans

NJDOE is Soliciting Comments on its Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Plan The NJ Department of Education has just released its draft Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Plan and is accepting public comments.  Even, having participated in the development of the plan, it will take me a

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Counselors Not Cops

At a time when thousands of communities are campaigning to remove police officers from schools, Paterson is sadly contemplating adding more.  The Dignity in Schools Campaign has developed Counselors Not Cops policy recommendations to end the Regular Presence of Law Enforcement in Schools. This set of policy

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PS 16 Ribbon Cutting

It was such a pleasure to be present at the School 16 ribbon cutting ceremony this week.  I am so excited about the teaching and learning that will happen in this state-of-the-art educational facility! PEF began advocating for school facilities in 1998 when the Supreme Courts ordered

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