Peace, love and criticism

I’m guilty. No, I haven’t posted crosshairs on anyone.  But I have used intemperate language to describe policies and people with whom I disagree. It’s so easy to fall into the pattern of sarcasm and vitriol. And look what it gets us. A dead child. A public

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Ready, set, go! Costa Rica here we come!

The countdown isn’t over for 8 young Paterson women.  The New Year’s Eve ball may have dropped, but they are still counting the days until they leave for the rain forests of Costa Rica’s Osa peninsula on January 13. This will be the third group of young women that PEF has

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Children Left Behind: US ranks at the bottom

The papers all dutifully reported that the US students ranked last in science literacy and only in the middle of the 24 nations in math literacy. Gov. Christie and lots of other politicians decried our education performance. It’s fashionable to  find we have a crisis. And their answers are

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Don’t pop the cork, local control still distant

The newly released QSAC [Quality Single Accountability Contiuum] scores suggest that Paterson Public Schools will regain governance, personnel and operations.  But don’t pop that celebratory cork yet. Acting Commissioner Hendrick’s letter doesn’t give a firm timeline for next steps.  It does say that a confirming decision will depend upon

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Suburban Allies? We can only hope.

Gov. Christie moves to limit superintendent salaries and the suburbs fight back. Could this be the issue that brings the cities and the suburbs together? Listening to the suburban superintendents and school board members at a public hearing last week gives me hope that city/suburb education coalitions

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Are we ready for change? Dr. Evans forum raises rigor & questions

More choice. Academic rigor. New school configurations. School/teacher reward plans. I listened to Dr. Evans at Thursday night’ forum with hope and dread. Hope: Because the strategic plan and this year’s targets are bold and doable. Dread: Because the foes of change in Paterson have defeated every

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