Proposed Charter Schools-Why Paterson?

The Math & Culture Charter School I had the opportunity to view the applications for the two proposed charter schools: The Math & Culture Charter School and Noble Preparatory Charter School.  The lead founder and qualifying founder are both from North Haledon (makes you wonder “Why Paterson?”).

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Update: State Promises to Fund the Formula

Great news today! Thanks to the tireless efforts of those who advocated, the NJ Department of Education will run the school funding formula.  Read on… From the Education Law Center: In an April 7 letter to the NJ Supreme Court,  the Attorney General has advised that the

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Fund the Formula Testimony

Hi, I wanted to share a copy of my testimony to the NJ Legislature this week.  Please log on to (http://lis.njleg.state.nj.us/15budget/default.asp) and register for an opportunity to testify for the Department of Education to run the school funding formula.  I’d be happy to help you write your

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Budget Priority Setting Meeting

I was at the Budget Priority Setting meeting this Wednesday and the recommended priorities were in fact, all credible suggestions.  They included interventions for failing students, science labs, adequate technology, college prep services and many others.  It’s unfortunate that the Board has to choose among things that

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School Performance Reports Presentation at NJ DOE

On February 12th I attended the State Board of Education meeting to listen to the commissioner’s reports on school performance and core curriculum content standards.  The presenters were very knowledgeable in their fields and presented the information in an easy to follow fashion.  Below are the highlights

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Celebrating 30 years of PEF & Irene Sterling

I’m so excited to celebrate PEF’s 30th Anniversary along with an opportunity to honor Irene for her dedicated service to Paterson children.   We wouldn’t be here without Irene’s stellar leadership. I thank her for the vision to start this organization and the work to effectively build

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Rosie’s Hello Message

Welcome to the 2013/14 school year!  I love new beginnings.  When I was in school I remember my 4th grade teacher telling me that everybody starts the new school year with an “A”.  What a great way to set us on our educational journey! I wish all

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Gamechanging decisions require consensus

Changing the school board election from April to November will make a dramatic shift in who runs for school board and how much it will cost a candidate to run.  Moving to a November election will essentially give control of the school board to the county chair

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Exploring charters for Paterson

PEF has observed Paterson charter schools over the years as a viable option for Paterson families, but hardly a cure all. Charters will never serve all of our students. Now, we have two new charter school applications on a fast track for Paterson.  Both come from charter

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