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Parent April 7, 2014 at 06:40 am
Grow up and become an adult!
Edubb April 7, 2014 at 11:43 pm
The real news is if she's going to prom and what her dress looks like...
Mrgrumpass April 16, 2014 at 09:19 am
She will drop out and become a pol dancer!
factchecker April 17, 2014 at 07:08 pm
Because the others will languish in underfunded schools that most people won't care about. I wouldRead More much rather see reform in the public schools so that all children can thrive. Not trying to shortchange good students.
golfer April 18, 2014 at 01:38 am
So factchecker, you're in favor of lowering the common denominator for exceptional students, down toRead More the level of students from well-funded inner-city students, who have less-talented teachers, that simply indoctrinate the kids with WHAT to think, so they can pass a test! Boy, that really makes sense.
Brian Hurrel April 18, 2014 at 06:27 am
@golfer: Please provide proof of your contention that charter school teachers are superior to publicRead More school teachers. Some charter schools have yearly turnover rates approaching 50%. This hardly makes for a stable environment or any kind of continuity. Charters also pay less and many are so desperate for staff, due to their lack of protections, benefits, and in some cases deplorable working conditions, not to mention unqualified administrators, that they will hire anyone who comes in the door. There are good charter schools but there are just as many bad ones as well. Why do you think some of them get shut down? You then cast aspersions on the motives of public school supporters. Frankly you sound like a paid shill for reformists. Or a conspiracy theorist with you "indoctrination" nonsense. Save the insults next time any there's a chance you might be taken seriously.
John Santaella April 10, 2014 at 08:45 pm
Baaaaaa. Baaaaaa.
makemyday April 16, 2014 at 12:59 pm
As a citizen, I have to prove who I am, prove where I live, where I was born in order to get aRead More drivers license. Years ago, I had to prove my kids had their shots, show their SS# and birth certificate to register for school. So why don't foreigners have to prove they are here legally before they reap the benefits of our country? Just asking?
Pad April 20, 2014 at 06:16 am
In order to collect ANY benefits or attend publicly funded schools people and their children shouldRead More have SS numbers and have applied for citizenship. I as a taxpayer am sick of supporting foreigners who work often under the table and send their earned underground job money to foreign countries. Many not all are here to milk the system. They now come here to suckle off the Lady In The Harbor's breast.
High school graduation. (Patch file photo)
Betty Boop March 13, 2014 at 09:34 pm
That is why most colleges award Merit Money based upon SAT scores.
Legion March 13, 2014 at 11:46 pm
If this is true my dog could probably be eligible if he went through the Brick school system.
Rick Ricky March 15, 2014 at 02:05 pm
Schools in general is nothing but fakes. Not even close to accurate. To many reasons to list. YouRead More have to many dishonest people involved in the outcome in changes that shouldn't be. Yes, schools play to make it look one way that is not even close to what it should be. They rig the outcome to make their school look good for certain students who they might have a connection with in some way. You can have students who rank higher in lower level classes that are not even close in comparison that has no business being 2 or 3 in a class.
SH Resident March 15, 2014 at 12:22 am
Hey Joe-90% tax rate existed with a number of signifigant loopholes that resulted in a nominal taxRead More rate in the mid 40s for the highest earners...stop getting your talking points from MSNBC and think for yourself. and even if you took every dollar from the top 10% of earners in this nation, we would still have a deficit...spending is the issue, not revenue....do you get that fact or does your hatred for the wealthy cloud your ability to digest reality...
Joe R March 15, 2014 at 08:51 am
Hey SH, in the 1950s, the top marginal tax rate was 91% and the effective tax rate was about 51%Read More after the loopholes. Oh, so we don't have loopholes today??!? Ha, ha, ha. The current top marginal tax rate is 39.6% but that's before all the loopholes. The effective tax rate is even lower than 39.6%. JFK eliminated many of the loopholes and reduced the top marginal tax rate to 74%. That works for me.
SH Resident March 15, 2014 at 07:02 pm
Joe-I will agree to raise the marginal tax rate to 50%...what programs other than defense do youRead More propose to cut? Exactly none is probably your answer...cutting defense and raising taxes does not get us to a balanced budget...we need to cut spending...you socialists never seem to get that point...and moreover, how about EVERYONE has some skin in the game and has to pay some income tax.... you will never want to cut spending on social programs because then how will you bribe low information voters to win elections?
Gov. Chris Christie speaks at a town hall meeting last week in Long Hill. (Photo: Jason Koestenblatt)
Roger Williams March 4, 2014 at 04:01 pm
What this article doesn't make clear is that every district in NJ (that doesn't participate inRead More Interdistrict Choice) got an additional $20 per student. Different districts have different percentage increases because they got less state aid to begin with. Hopatcong got $6234 per student in 2013-14, so their additional $20 a student works out to being a small percentage increase. Sparta got $1706 per student in 2013-14, so their additional $20 a student works out to being a larger percentage increase. In terms of the dollars that districts can use for education, the two districts got identical increases.
Roll Back Our Tax March 4, 2014 at 04:40 pm
It doesn't matter how much money Hopatcong schools get things will never change because $ doesn'tRead More buy you better schools. Oh wait! I forgot. It's for the children. Glad we got out of the dump.
Tammy March 4, 2014 at 08:51 pm
It doesn't matter because they will find a way to eat $19.90 of it for "administrativeRead More costs". The students will get nothing but I'm sure there is some new technical equipment that the offices can't possibly run without.
Kristin DiStefano February 28, 2014 at 06:29 am
Tom, I have no problem with cameras. And I believe in school choice. And as I said earlier, I don'tRead More have tenure as a private school teacher. Many of our ideas are not so different...
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Social issues in Morristown Blog March 2, 2014 at 10:18 am
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Emily February 14, 2014 at 11:57 am
Who wants to listen to that at 5:a.m. in the morning. I would have hung up. Not cute. Save your soRead More called talent for the school talent show.
anonymous February 15, 2014 at 01:13 am
I thought this was very funny. I even played it back for friends as we danced around the room. IRead More believe it is the quirky stuff in life that makes it all worth it. We all need a giggle every now and then and this passed dumb and went 180 degrees back to funny. If you want to see serious meet us in Washington DC March 16th 2014 for a mass protest against corruption when the mace and flashbangs start being thrown by police you will have a new respect for the little giggles in life. anonymous
Social issues in Morristown Blog March 2, 2014 at 10:19 am
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Rick Ricky February 13, 2014 at 09:52 am
Jim, Geez you are the one who can't be that ignorant yourself. You couldn't be more wrong and inRead More denial. Nothing jives with any of these tests. They compare SAT's and some schools average 1535 total and think that is good. I think that score is unacceptable. Just a little over what the state requires. The H.S. do little or just enough to get by. Just passing is good enough for them. You have schools who some considered top schools bragging how great they are getting average sat's at 1545. @Speedz..You are right on and I agree it is hard to figure out what makes sense versus real.
esther March 3, 2014 at 12:02 am
Here's what I measure when considering schools- and this applies directly to Montclair and allRead More districts- Has my child been taught to be an independent thinker, an active problem solver, willing to take on challenges, work as part of a team, and the confidence to work independently? Has my child met a teacher who has motivated him/her to be their best academic self and created a lifelong learner? That's how success is measured. Numbers/statistic can be tugged, pulled, hidden, adjusted, and manipulated. The cold hard facts that your child has the attributes previously listed above is the true measure. That's done here in Montclair and other districts in New Jersey and beyond- or at least it was true before the core curriculum standards and the broads invaded.
ED April 12, 2014 at 11:54 am
esther, You have a few things right. Numbers/Statistics can be tugged, pulled, hidden, adjusted andRead More manipulated. By Who? The same people who are running the schools and handing in these reports. Everything in NJ is corrupted.
B B February 4, 2014 at 08:37 am
Awesome job clearing the roads once again Hopatcong!!!!!!
BeachBum February 4, 2014 at 07:15 pm
Sleep in kiddies no school Wed and 2 hr delay Thursday - Noreaster for Sunday 2ft of snow possible
Hopatcong School Superintendent Cynthia Randina (left) with Dr. Tracey Severns of the NJDOE. (Photo/Hopatcong School District)
Emily January 25, 2014 at 08:19 am
That article said a whole bunch of nothing. Still no cure for what ails us. I understand ByramRead More Elementry is now a choice school.
Roll Back Our Tax January 27, 2014 at 02:31 pm
What are you getting for the money?... http://www.state.nj.us/education/pr/2013/37/372240030.pdf ..Read More "This school's academic performance lags in comparison to schools across the state. Additionally, its academic performance significantly lags in comparison to its peers. This school's college and career readiness lags in comparison to schools across the state. Additionally, its college and career readiness significantly lags in comparison to its peers. This school's graduation and post-secondary performance lags in comparison to schools across the state. Additionally, its graduation and post-secondary readiness significantly lags in comparison to its peers". See a lot of lagging and little college preparedness.
Michele Guttenberger January 29, 2014 at 01:21 am
Why don't we have a academic testing standard to evaluate people who perform academic testingRead More standards. If the evaluation renders poor results then let's eliminate this group altogether. With the academic testing standard suits out of the picture, we can make up any rating number we like and report this number every year. Then we can pat ourselves on the back for achieving these high ratings year after year. This method will raise the perception of academic standards for Hopatcong at 1/10th of the cost and accomplish the same job in academic effectiveness. :)
Connor Cooper, recipient of the 2013 Junior Olympic Athlete of the Year Boys 9/10 Jump award. (Photo/Sandi King)
Tammy January 22, 2014 at 09:47 pm
Congratulations Connor--Hopatcong is proud of you!!!!!
ocean111 January 23, 2014 at 06:23 am
Great job Connor, I know it takes hard work and a lot of practice
Afro Maniac January 23, 2014 at 09:41 am
Test him I heard he was with A-rod the week before . JK congrats I know him he is a great allRead More around athlete .
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ocean111 January 23, 2014 at 06:21 am
Way to go Erin, keep up the great work.
Frank forkman January 23, 2014 at 06:36 am
This Little Lady has made the Dean's List many many times before also . Must be that 2% milk ...Read More Keep on Keepin on young Lady .
Joe Moyer January 23, 2014 at 09:53 pm
Very Proud of our Baby! Congrats again Erin. She has made the Dean's List EVERY Semester!
Picture of the snow late Tuesday at Laurie Road in Landing. (Photo/Patch reader)
Clay Thomas January 22, 2014 at 08:20 am
With all the weather related Delayed Openings, Early Dismissals, Snow Days, Teacher In-Service days,Read More etc., I can't imagine there'll be any improvement in our State testing results. There could easily be a decline. I think the State should either postpone the testing dates or even skip testing for this year (not likely).
Alex C February 17, 2014 at 12:15 pm
I don't want NJ to be a full on right to work. I am actually against full on right to work as I seeRead More it as meddling in private business, which I am just as opposed too as I am public sector unions. I believe it should be right to work for the public sector. That's it. Also, I am educated enough in economics and history to know that unions alone did not lead to better working conditions in the U.S., and that if you eliminated all unions tomorrow, we would not return to the dangerous factories, and long hours, because we are at a point culturally that would never allow that. The unions have by and large outlived their usefulness. But again, whatever a private company wants to do is literally their business. My only issue is with public sector unions.
Phil Brooks February 18, 2014 at 01:32 pm
Alex, No, we won't return to the days of Triangle Shirtwaist as there are myriad OHSA rules to takeRead More care of that. But, eliminate collective bargaining and other agreed upon contractual terms and we will definitely take a step back. Sorry, but I feel big business alone won't take care of their employees, as it's profits first. They need a checks and balances system that unions provide. // Public sector unions? I see your point but, as there are so many people doing the same jobs (are you going to negotiate with every teacher, policeman, fireman and DPW worker individually?), collective bargaining is probably the way to go. But there should be provisions in place as to where every dollar of dues goes and you can check off where (or not) you want your dues money to go. How does that sound?
Liberty February 19, 2014 at 09:44 am
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Hopatcong High's Class of 2013, returning to answer questions about the outside world for 2014 seniors. (photo/Hopatcong School District)
Eyeballs January 16, 2014 at 05:06 pm
really? "roll" model? thanks for demonstrating your intelligence... the results don'tRead More lie... camden ranks higher... the loser citizens of hopatcong could care less... thank you... now go do your homework...
ocean111 January 16, 2014 at 06:25 pm
Eyeballs move to Camden, if you are not already there, and keep your comments to yourself.Read More Apparently at one time you were " a loser citizen" or why would you take the time to follow everything that happens here. get a life, already please....
Jessica January 17, 2014 at 07:44 am
Eyeballs the phrase is couldn't care less. Could care less means that us "loser citizens"Read More actually do care. Guess you never did your homework either.