QSAC Stars in Trenton: Will we ever return to local control?

Yesterday I attended the Joint committee on Public Schools meeting.  Here are a few things I thought noteworthy. Senator Rice asked some very pointed questions about QSAC.  He wanted to know: the implementation process, how many districts had been evaluated, how many were in each level of monitoring

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Will we ever have local control? Twenty years and counting QSAC

On Tuesday, October 5, the Joint Committee on the Public Schools will hold a hearing on state takover. Our legislators want to know how the NJ QSAC law is working. We can tell you- not very well. Ever since the first QSAC evaluation was delivered in a

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Where’s the Data? How do we have “data-based” accountability with insufficient data?

Governor Christie said this week that NJ should “promote innovative and effective teaching by valuing student achievement over seniority” and “demand accountability and results for New Jersey’s children with data-supported (teacher) evaluations.” The problem is that we don’t have this data! It’s the same data we couldn’t

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12 things you can do to help Paterson schools: Our children need you!

Twelve Things You Can Do to Change Paterson Public Schools Making change in Paterson is NOT a spectator sport!  We need everyone’s help to move forward. Here are 12 things you can do to make change. 1. Take action, don’t just grumble. Legislators, school board members and newspapers can’t

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Looking a gift horse in the mouth: Zuckerberg’s millions for Newark schools

Two different reporters called me yesterday about Zuckerberg’s $100 million gift to Newark schools. They asked if private dollars can substitue for public dollars in our schools. It is clear that they don’t understand how much money it takes to run our schools. Or how fickle donors

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School Construction Update:The SDA says keeping waiting patiently

I don’t know about you, but I’m frustrated and angry about the state of New Jersey school construction. Twelve years ago in 1998, the NJ Supreme Court ordered the state to build new schools in the Abbott districts [now SDA districts] to replace old, dilapidated schools. At that

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Excess Surplus at the School Board and College Bound Students

We’ve promised to follow the Paterson School Board meetings. Here’s some highlights from September 15th’s meeting. The meeting was called to order at 7:18 with six members present. The final three were present by 7:40 pm. Some of you have asked why we are giving you the

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What you can learn on October 2 at PEF’s community leaders conversation: Building Brighter Futures

If you’ve ever wished that you could hear something good about Paterson students and their teachers, here is your chance. Is it worth investing a Saturday? You bet. Come hear from innovative Paterson science teachers and their student interns. They know how to turn middle school kids

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Help Create Brighter Futures! PEF Leadership Conference October 2

If we want our children to achieve, we can’t just leave it to our schools.  We, each and every one of us, have to find a way to help the children. And here’s a way to begin. Plan to join PEF’s Leadership Conversation on October 2 at

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Myths About Returning to Local Control: Twenty years and counting

Myth # 1.  Paterson schools were better in 1991 than they are now. Were our test scores better? Yes.  But the level of educational performance they were testing at the high school level was about our current 4th grade curriculum. Consider that in 1991, only students who

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