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KC June 27, 2014 at 07:23 pm
Good Luck grads!
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Ty Durden June 19, 2014 at 09:49 am
Skip to 34:25 to see her speech. Good Luck Judy
Tom Maras June 23, 2014 at 07:54 am
As one of the hardest working individuals on the Woodbridge BOE, Judy brought much to that board andRead More to the district. I believe things on that board would have been far worse, had it not been for her efforts and guidance. Stepping down in order to give her son an 'equal opportunity' to obtain a job with the District is exactly what a person with Judy's integrity would do. Kudos to her for doing so. Taking this opportunity, I say thank you Judy for your years of service Judy on the board. And, yes, I still believe in term limits! :-)
WC509 June 29, 2014 at 07:06 pm
She resigned from the BOE on June 12 and her son was approved by the BOE for a teaching positionRead More starting 9/1 on June 26 - AMAZING LOL....
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Wwe Tensai June 12, 2014 at 10:11 am
The school is entitled to some control over the learning environment in its building. Students areRead More to keep cell phones in purses or lockers during the day. If its out, teacher takes it,, it goes to the office and kiddo can get it at the end of the day. Not too difficult and the students learn that sometimes you have to follow someone else's rules. It won't kill you.
John Wayne June 16, 2014 at 07:09 pm
That depends on the school. Some schools are very lax and look the other way on to many issuesRead More including this one. Yes, The schools should get more involved what is going on during the school day. Once you allow this to happen for one group of kids you have to continue to do it for all the kids. You can't pick and choose who you want to call the police on. The police should always be called if something like this is going on during school hours. If it is happening after hours then the parents and the police should be involved. To many schools look the other way for only certain kids and it is not right. That is where the law suits come in.
Rick Ricky June 17, 2014 at 08:21 pm
Let me guess. Bridgewater/Raritan is listed as a top school by someone. Now you know why? All theseRead More top schools lie by not reporting the crap that goes on.
Paulus Chuikov June 6, 2014 at 03:44 pm
The demographics of Iselin have changed dramatically. There will be no baseball at JFK within 10Read More years. What a complete waste of money? Another example of not putting the money into dilapidated educational facilities. They should have built a cricket field instead, if anything. The administration should not ignore the fact that JFK will be predominantly Indian within 10 years. The 3 grade schools in Iselin each already have a 85% Indian population currently. Kennedy Park has both fields already. Nobody plays baseball and organized cricket is played every weekend. Change is coming folks, get your head out of the sand.
Paulus Chuikov June 6, 2014 at 08:17 am
Again, another example of pouring money into athletic fields over repairing a dilapidated schoolRead More building. Really short sighted goal and complete waste of money. The demographics in Iselin have significantly changed. There will be no baseball at JFK within 10 years, probably sooner. I'm quite not sure how they field teams at the present time. They should have built a cricket field instead, if anything.
NeverMind June 3, 2014 at 10:24 am
The deadline for the Slam Dunk the Junk was May 31st. Many other schools in the Township haveRead More already done this.
Marlboro Mann June 4, 2014 at 10:44 am
God bless the proliferation of tutoring centers. Our taxes pay teachers to show up at work and thenRead More they really teach when it comes to the after school jobs. BTW should I send in my Abbott check now or flush the cash down the toilet-Same Result.
Rick Ricky June 18, 2014 at 06:22 pm
No, This is a joke. Just because someone graduates college for who knows what doesn't mean they areRead More smarter than someone who did not attend college. A lot of useless degrees that jobs are hard to come by. Just because a poll taken shows jersey has 34.5 pct who has degrees doesn't mean they are smart. The polls taken and what and how they come up to determine what they do is ridiculous.
Outofcontrol June 27, 2014 at 12:17 pm
You could never tell by the politicians we elect...just take a look at our Governor. He has multipleRead More degrees but still stupid and arrogant.
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Dawn Urbanek June 10, 2014 at 09:58 pm
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-Ln-e-F9vYh9nRLb6XyR09Fcif5xxm8_niCzXRLlDAI/edit
Dawn Urbanek June 10, 2014 at 09:59 pm
It states: "“Capo’s TAs and Budget all passed, mostly on 4-3 votes. So they are inRead More good shape, fiscally for, now. There was clearly tension among the Board members, but I didn’t have a chance to talk with Clark to find out what might be the cause. The majority members blocked comments by the minority members using parliamentary maneuvers. It wasn’t pretty.” Source: Internal e-mail from CUSD Fiscal Expert to Orange County Department of Education https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-Ln-e-F9vYh9nRLb6XyR09Fcif5xxm8_niCzXRLlDAI/edit
Dawn Urbanek June 10, 2014 at 10:01 pm
We have to make people aware that our State is run by public employee Unions and we need court casesRead More like today which ruled that the California Teacher Tenure rules are unconstitutional so that we can change laws and vote people out of office who do not represent the interests of the public who pay the taxes.
NEW May 24, 2014 at 10:25 am
The girl's friend who stepped up and reported the truth did the right thing, and made all theRead More difference in the world. She could have remained quiet or lied as she was asked. The girl's ex-boyfriend may have believed her and acted out of genuine concern for her. The mother, however, asked the friend to lie. Why? Clearly that apple didn't fall far from the tree.
Hugh May 25, 2014 at 10:42 am
And here we have a perfect snapshot of the decline of American morals and civilization. Well doneRead More all. I especially appreciate the "victim's" mother.
Bob Vey June 21, 2014 at 09:10 am
The girl & her boyfriend (if he attends Drew U ) should be kicked out of school as well.
Bernhard Rosenberg May 20, 2014 at 03:50 am
RUTGERS DOES NOT CARE.
Wwe Tensai May 20, 2014 at 08:37 am
And neither do we. This is not the forum for your personal complaints. Did you read the articleRead More and watch the video? It's about Eric, not you. Congratulations Eric and all of the graduates. May you continue to work for your success and happiness.
Wwe Tensai May 20, 2014 at 08:41 am
And neither do we. For someone who claims to care about him as a former student, you are beingRead More quite rude and unprofessional using HIS article to complain about YOUR problems with Rutgers. It's about him, not you. There's a concept of time and place.
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anonymous May 15, 2014 at 03:32 pm
LOL grace that was a good one.
Fed up Local May 17, 2014 at 11:29 am
Don't smoke anything on school property. Seems like a no brainer to me.
Gordo K May 18, 2014 at 02:48 pm
Hmm ... it seems to me that "smoking" has been redefined. Is inhaling any kind of vaporRead More "smoking"?
Mac May 13, 2014 at 02:27 pm
voter morals: what's in it for me? - while one can't quantify zero return on investment, one can addRead More up what it costs to keep reelecting family members with single digit leadership: we can solve any problem with more money flowing my way
timverba May 14, 2014 at 08:00 pm
It would be nice to hear a speech from a former Secretary of State, an International Monetary FundRead More Managing Director, or a billionaire mayor. But if it were for my commencement, I would be asking what is the connection to the school. Was Ms Rice involved in some cooperative program between Stanford and Rutgers? Was Ms Lagarde offering Smith College graduates a block of fellowships with the IMF? As a member of the alumni, will the sound of Michael Bloomberg's voice reverberate through my wallet so that its contents should be spilled into a bursar's tin? Most of these speeches are not setting forth public policy like General George Marshall's Plan to Harvard in 1947 or a civic vision like President Johnson's Great Society to the University of Michigan in 1964. If they have no real connection to the school's community, why should the graduates have to suffer through a thirty minute speech that is half inaudible and half unconnected. I am not trying to diminish the great accomplishments of Rice, Lagarde, and Bloomberg. Just give them their honorary stripes and keep the line moving. Commencement speeches would be received much better if limited to the school's president, provost, or even a public health official at the school.
Wwe Tensai May 15, 2014 at 04:32 pm
Who really cares who's giving the speech? The parents? No. They are there because their kid justRead More graduated and they are so proud they could burst. The graduate? No. He or she is relieved and happy and wants to get out of there and have some fun before moving on with life. The public relations people? Yep. All this fuss for a one-line blurb in some recruitment brochure: " Recent commencement speakers have included former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, Queen Elizabeth II of England, and the Archangel Gabriel." It makes the school look more prestigious on paper. The administrators don't win any extra mojo for , say, awarding more scholarships.
BART FRAENKEL May 9, 2014 at 07:55 am
MaverickMom, I think you have it half right. What this shows is that there's ignorance from bothRead More sides--liberals and democrats as well as republicans and right wing nuts. There are rational and reasonable people on both sides as well; those are the ones who are willing to listen to an opposing point of view and agree to disagree. The problem is there aren't enough of them and they don't create a public buzz that draws headlines.
Peter May 9, 2014 at 02:29 pm
Students have the right to protest or speak on their views. Professors don't have the right toRead More speak for the students or to force students into their way of thinking. That is not just un-American it is a form of bullying that is unacceptable. I have seen this in my own college days and have seen it with both my children's experiences. Good for the students for making their views known, BAD for the professors to act with intolerance and bully students. BTW the name calling "wing nuts' - just make the point of the right on liberal intolerance.
Bernie May 9, 2014 at 11:55 pm
95 % of the protesters were underclassmen that aren't even involved with the graduation exercise ??Read More The other 5% were professors that should be fired . These are the profs that are misleading our future leaders ? God save us .
Spooner May 7, 2014 at 10:56 pm
Proud, how's the posting contest going?
Brandy the Dog May 8, 2014 at 06:34 am
Very well Leader Spooner, I have attracted several candidates for the Redstocking Coilition.
Marie May 8, 2014 at 07:37 am
The people condemning Condi Rice, for the most part, won't hear a WORD against any of their patronRead More saints - like Obama or the Clintons- hypocrites to the enth degree.
Joe R May 7, 2014 at 12:40 pm
"Throwing money at the problem won't fix it." Sounds like pure Sean Hannity BS. Tell thatRead More to the elite private schools that throw tons of money at their schools and at their students. Some of these elite private schools have tuitions of $36,000 and above (where Christie's kids go). These schools have class sizes of 12 pupils or less, fabulous campuses and facilities and a plethora of programs and courses. They have massive amounts of money to work with and they can be picky about who is enrolled in their schools. Even with all the advantages and the restrictiveness of these elite private schools, they do no better than the public schools of our wealthy NJ suburbs.
Joe R May 7, 2014 at 01:26 pm
This lie that our schools are failing is repeated over and over to the point that it has becomeRead More unquestioned given wisdom. Of course many of our schools have serious problems, the schools in the very poor and very fragmented urban areas that are dealing with massive joblessness, homelessness, violence and high crime rates. Amongst the wealthy industrialized nations, the US has the highest child poverty rate of about 23%. The schools in the urban areas are dealing with tremendous societal problems, the schools aren't failing, they are doing an heroic job trying to help kids who live in devastated urban areas like Camden. The suburban schools pefrom just as well if not better than some of the high performing nations.
Steve May 8, 2014 at 12:16 am
by Linda Moore, TheGuardian.com Friday 15 February 2013 10.17 EST A new book has attracted muchRead More interest in the Washington DC, especially on Capitol Hill, Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn From Educational Change in Finland?. The book arrives after Finland scored first in science and second in reading and math on the standardized test administered by the Program for International Student Assessment. Conducted among industrialized nations every three years, American students finished 25th in math, 17th in science and 12th in reading on the latest PISA assessment. Obviously, in our global economy, this nation's international educational attainment is discouraging for our future prospects. Some of Finland's students' outcomes should be especially interesting to US policy makers. Fully 93% of Finns graduate from high school – 17.5 points higher than American students. And 66% of Finns are accepted to college, a higher rate than the US and every European nation. Strikingly, the achievement gap between the weakest and strongest students academically is the smallest in the world. What might really interest some politicians is that Finland spends about 30% less per student to achieve these far-superior educational outcomes. For those who argue that a much smaller, less diverse country like Finland can't easily be compared to the US, there is an inconvenient fact: Finland performs much better educationally when compared to similar Scandinavian nations with similar demographics. Plainly, something is right in the "Land of a thousand lakes". Fortunately, US education policy is evolving in the face of our relative global underperformance. Federal policy continues to move away from the rigid certainties of the Bush-era No Child Left Behind legislation. The NCLB law set a hopelessly unrealistic target for 100% student proficiency in every school by 2014. It's clear that won't be achieved. Additionally, President Obama's Race to the Top program provides federal incentives for states to reform their public education offerings. These education reforms include lifting caps on the number of public charter schools, innovative policies to turn around failing schools, and improving teacher and principal effectiveness. As an educator who opened one of the first public charter schools in Washington DC in 1998, — at the height of the crisis of our unreformed public education system — I've always had a different take on reform than the NCLB dogma. I could see that the predominantly disadvantaged students whom the status quo was failing would need more than standardized tests to ensure school success. Our educational program invests in children early, to prepare them for the next step in their academic careers and beyond, into the world of work. We want them to gain the following: an understanding of how to use technology to enhance learning; an appreciation for, and facility in, the arts; scientific curiosity; an appreciation and knowledge of their cultures and those of others; and the capacity to think critically. Our students — 69% of whom are economically disadvantaged — can perform at the highest-level academically. Traditional standardized tests fail to adequately assess our academically rich program. Yet our scholars outperform their traditional public school peers by 16% points, and charter peers by nine points. We're not in Finland yet, but we are making progress. http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/why-are-finlands-schools-successful-49859555/?all
factchecker May 7, 2014 at 03:30 pm
Spooner: That was in response to someone else saying the protesters were "IslamicRead More militants" which I took offense to. I think you and I agree.
Brandy the Dog May 8, 2014 at 07:01 am
The mistress of bait and switch howls with regularity @factcheck.
Spooner May 8, 2014 at 11:17 am
Star(*)...sounds like your at a lost for words?
Joe R May 3, 2014 at 11:25 am
I see the usual right wing fascists displaying their vicious brand of ignorance and pride in knowRead More nothingness. Bravo, well done.
Mike McQueen May 3, 2014 at 05:33 pm
I see the left wing misogynist, homophobic sexual perverts are displaying their hate for women andRead More the less fortunate. So JoeR its OK for the white elitists at Princeton University to cover up sexual assault? You should be ashamed of yourself!
Rick Ricky May 8, 2014 at 06:34 pm
Princeton University is no better than all the other colleges who try to hide what is going on withRead More their school on their campus. They have a great reputation to hold up. Princeton is not all cracked up to be. It is all just that they want everyone to think they are to keep up their reputation. They love foreigners and bump out American kids who are just as good as the foreigners that they pick.
Winning pasta bridge held 650 pounds.
Vic Trolla May 2, 2014 at 10:09 am
Now that's innovative thinking! Kudos to Scott!
RdgwdGRock May 2, 2014 at 10:59 am
"Ronzoni Fettuccini and Elmers White Glue" Product placement campaign. How much did theRead More school and/or teacher receive for this?
Brian N May 4, 2014 at 10:38 pm
Pretty cool
Nearly 50 Rutgers students opposed to commencement speaker Condoleezza Rice stormed into Old Queens around 12:30pm yesterday, demanding a meeting with University President Robert Barchi, who was not in his office.  Photo by Charlie Kratovil
Rick April 30, 2014 at 02:32 pm
If Condi was a Democrat these protestors wouldn't even show up .
Gordo K May 1, 2014 at 03:07 pm
Hey hey! Ho ho! Azzhole students gotta go! Teach 'em some manners. Throw the ignoramuses out ofRead More school. Trying to make themselves "relevant"? Spoiled brats screaming "look at me! notice me!".
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JasperRam May 15, 2014 at 05:48 pm
yeah. my grandfather used to say it all the time.
David May 15, 2014 at 07:14 pm
I still see commercials for volunteering for big brothers & big sisters. I presume this lawRead More should also ban that since one may be a villain. Parents need to be aware of what is going on with there children. If they are going above the line, block their child's facebook.
Bernhard Rosenberg May 19, 2014 at 08:04 am
THERE SHOULD BE BOUNDARIES. Bernhard Rosenberg 7:03 AM EDT  ERIC LEGRAND WAS ONE OFRead More MY STUDENTS IN PUBLIC SPEAKING AT RUTGERS. CONGRATULATIOS TO ALL OF YOU. DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG SPEAKS OUT. THE TEACHER WHO CARES. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlhvPRkS9a8&fea... While teaching many of the star female basketball athletes at Rutgers Public Speaking, class which meets once a week, I was sent a communication from the Rutgers President's office stating I should be understanding regarding their absences due to being in the finals. This occurred during the Imus controversy. Showing compassion for these students, I did not penalize them for their absences. When recently told at a meeting that I had to give my students 20%A's, 20% C's and D's, and the remaining grades B's, I refused. A student should get the grade they deserve. I started teaching at Rutgers in 1990 and I believe because I refused the departments instructions on grading I was not rehired. IN my opinion I was bullied and harassed by members of the communications dept. Not only are students bullied but so are teachers, especially non tenured adjuncts as I was. Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg
David J. Showalter April 28, 2014 at 11:52 am
I find this very intetesting because I played football for Rutgers University over ten years ago andRead More I have never even received an invitation back to watch a game. Not once have I gotten a phone call, letter, or email extending any gratitude for my time as an athlete on the banks of the Raritan. If she wants support from former athletes then extend an invitation or a sideline pass at least once per season.
Mike McQueen April 28, 2014 at 09:18 pm
The reason no is supporting Rutgers is because the team stinks! There needs to be an investigationRead More into how this PUBLIC school can waste so much money on paying coaches and to support their mediocre sports programs while cutting programs and dumbing down the education program. You cannot justify million dollar salaries for public school sports coaches!
Paulus Chuikov April 23, 2014 at 04:31 pm
There has to be some strange formula used to generate this list. I grew up in Elizabeth, lived thereRead More for 26 years, and there is absolutely no way that they can make any list. That school has always been divided by the Bloods and the Crips, a distinct factor that certainly was not taken into account. Don't believe the hype!
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Lee Brewer May 30, 2014 at 09:08 am
Hi Billy - you are soooo right. Good comment - The "Under God" addition gave conservativeRead More Protestants (Amish, Mennonites, Assembly of God, Southern Baptists, Yankee Baptists etc.) the ability to say the pledge while continuing to honor the proper place of God in their hearts.
Joe R May 31, 2014 at 10:24 am
@Mike McQueen: You must be living in some bubble or time warp. 401ks are a total rip off, people didRead More have their 401ks wiped out during the great recession or any severe dip in the stock market, not to mention all the fees. Here's some excerpts from a 2010 Forbes article: Calling these workplace mainstays a “retirement plan” ought to be a crime. [snip] In my opinion, which I have shared with the SEC, it ought to be illegal to call a 401k plan a “retirement plan” and those parties who promoted them as retirement plans should be held accountable. [snip] The catastrophic failure of 401k defined contribution plans and the resulting crisis was foreseen and preventable, resulting from inadequate regulatory oversight and unchecked industry greed. There is still time to help the Baby Boomers recover and save younger workers from this nightmare. However unless we acknowledge the mistakes of the past and make appropriate changes we cannot restore the dream of a secure retirement for America’s workers. Join with me in calling for an investigation into the causes of the spectacular failure of 401ks, the cruelest hoax ever played upon the nation’s workers.
Joe R May 31, 2014 at 10:27 am
Link to the article about the 401K rip off:Read More http://www.forbes.com/sites/edwardsiedle/2010/10/07/401ks-americas-biggest-investment-fraud-was-foreseen-and-preventable/ "In my opinion, which I have shared with the SEC, it ought to be illegal to call a 401k plan a “retirement plan” and those parties who promoted them as retirement plans should be held accountable." Edward Siedle
Robert Johns April 15, 2014 at 03:46 pm
Why dont you tell us who got the contract and what their relationship is with the Township or BOE?Read More Or NOT.
OFFICIAL BUSINESS April 15, 2014 at 06:32 pm
@Robert Johns, you should no who got the contract? Didn't you say you support HBR.
Robert Johns April 16, 2014 at 08:54 am
You cast doubt over the awarding of a contract by the Township and BOE and you even said a familyRead More member of someone may have gotten it. Any proof? Do you even know who got the contract? I surely don't nor do I care because I have no reason not to trust the Township or the BOE without any evidence to the contrary. Care to provide any evidence?
Pam Chesky April 12, 2014 at 09:25 am
Can't afford school librarians in elementary and middle school, but we will have state of the artRead More athletic facilities. Way to go Woodbridgr!
Paulus Chuikov April 13, 2014 at 08:33 am
They love those pristine athletic fields. Meanwhile walk into WHS and look at the marvelous paintRead More peeling from the walls. One would think Mac was built like an adonis for all the money he pours into school athletics.
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