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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Testimony to Paterson City Council and School Board re: 2015-2016 School Budget

Testimony to Paterson City Council and School Board Joint Meeting Wednesday, March 11, 2015 Given by Rosie Grant, Executive Director The citizens of Paterson cannot afford a tax increase and neither can the Paterson Public Schools afford a $5M cut. Gov. Christie is breaking the law and

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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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2014 Educated Voter’s Guide

2014 Educated Voter’s Guide

Click the link below to learn more about the candidates running for School Board for the upcoming year. Educated Voter’s Guide Guía Educativa para los Votantes

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Pathways to College: Stay the Course

On September 27, 2014, PEF held a Youth Leadership Retreat titled “Pathways to College: Stay the Course”. All the presentations were planned and led by the youth who participate in PEF’s programs. The first presentation was done by E3 University whereby they shared what activities they did

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One-Year Deal for Newark’s School Chief Is Not a Vote of Confidence

Op-Ed: NJ Spotlight Superintendent Anderson’s single-year renewal is a signal to the community to refocus its energy and redouble its efforts I’ve been so dismayed watching the Newark school registration chaos. It breaks my heart that parents and children are being treated like second-class citizens, in order

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PEF activates students, parents, community members, and schools to adopt winning strategies for teaching and learning. PEF’s critical investments expand educators’ and families’ vision of what Paterson children can do.