Join us Saturday on another planet!

Where you you be on Saturday, October 15? We’ll be at Planet 301 at the City Center Mall as part of Paterson Public Schools’ Parent and Community Awareness Day.  It’s a day packed with interesting opportunities to hear about what’s new in the Paterson Public Schools.  Meet

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So many people to thank!

I’m sending a big shout out to all the wonderful people and groups who have responded to the needs of the children of Napier Academy/School 4. Thank you all so much. I know that some of you don’t want recognition so I won’t list your names. But

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After the fall

Dread and fear. I felt them over the past two weeks as the flooding Passaic River drowned my city. No matter how prepared you think you are, the question niggles, Have I done everything I can to prepare? Inevitably, no.  There is  always something overlooked. For me personally, it was

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Meeting the challenges with grace

Earthquake, flood and 9/11. You can either assume disaster and curse or try to find the grace in the challenge. I’m searching for grace. Grace is in the quiet things.  A chance to read my granddaugter a new book.  To make a favorite dish for my son-in-law. To

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Twenty years and counting

We’ve past a milestone that I hoped we’d never see. August 7 was the 20th anniversary of state takeover of the Paterson Public Schools.  Will we ever return?  We could. NJ QSAC [Quality Single Accountability Continuum] finally provided the roadmap. Our state superintendents, yes several, and our Board of

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Save Our Schools!

 Linda and I had an exhilarating experience at the Save Our Schools March in Washington DC this Saturday!  5,000 people gathered at the Ellipse Park behind the White House and rallied for more resources for public schools. Rally speakers included Diane Ravitch, Jonathan Kozol, Pedro Noguera and

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A picture worth 1,000 words

I received this four color, four page glossy brochure in Friday’s mail.  Did you?   The leadership of this organization is traveling the state asserting its concern for urban kids. But I wonder… What does this picture say to you? Sure doesn’t look like my granddaughter or most

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Public Schools Should Go Away

“Public schools should go away.” I’ve always thought that such charges were just rhetorical, part of the rant in debate. But no, Monday’s Star Ledger features a Bob Braun column that turns my blood cold.  “Public schools should go away,” emails Teri Adams of the Independence Hall

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It’s Just Paterson-So Why Care?

In Friday’s Herald News, Assistant Editorial Page Editor Bruce Lowry vents his displeasure with recent events in Paterson, culminating with call by the investigators for the State Attorney General’s Office to investigate Councilman Benjy Wimberly. See the article here. Lowry says it won’t matter. I respectfully disagree.  What

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