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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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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Paterson Education Fund 2015 Newsletter

To find out more about Our View: Paterson’s Time for Local Control, Creating Pathways to College and Careers, Falling OFF the “Fiscal Cliff: Is There a Way Back? and our Coming Events, please check out our Annual Newsletter! Click on the link below: PEF 2015 Newsletter

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MOTH Goes to Costa Rica!

On April 7, 2015, the young members of MOTH, Matter Observed Through Hombres, ventured out for five days on an adventure of a lifetime. Displaying courage and determination, MOTH traveled over five thousand miles to a remote location where nature still remains truly wild- the Osa Peninsula,

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No Child Left Behind and Testing

Jia Lee, a special education teacher from The Earth School in NYC, gave testimony before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on January 21st to discuss the impact of No Child Left Behind’s testing and accountability provisions on public school children.  Up for debate was

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