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Clay Thomas April 24, 2014 at 07:01 pm
You don't need clean streets and sidewalks when your high school is rated in the top twenty NewRead More Jersey high schools! Oh wait, you mean HHS is NOT one of New Jersey's top twenty high schools? How could that be? With enrollment down to around 600, class size should be optimal. Where is the promised progress? I guess we'll have to wait for the NJ Monthly and NJDOE rankings to see if we beat Camden, or even Newark! It's sad for the kids who work really hard to do well.
Patricia Coldplayer April 24, 2014 at 08:27 pm
Bergen Tech represent!
KrisTee April 25, 2014 at 12:15 am
Do you know what is sad? Of those top twenty high schools for NJ only one made it in the top 100 ofRead More the country. That was Elizabeth High School, a high school with a dismal budget and mediocre conditions from a high crime and low income city. How did they do it??? The teachers and principal care and do their jobs. Just goes to say one thing, high BOE taxes do not equate to a good school system. Wayne BOE has a lot of explaining to do if they attempt to raise taxes again for some lame reason as to comply with the state core curriculum, they have the money, they just have to spend it wisely.
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BellairBerdan April 24, 2014 at 08:05 pm
The word doesn't need to go away. It just needs to leave a government which is not supposed toRead More support any particular religion. Silent, since your position is because the majority wants it, think of this. Islam is the fastest growing religion in the USA and the largest religion in the world. Will you be OK if the majority becomes Muslim and changes the word to Allah because the majority wants it? Or will your position then be that government shouldn't be involved?
SILENT WOLF April 24, 2014 at 08:42 pm
BellairBerdan , You are wrong ,the largest religion in the world is not Islam .There areRead More approximately 2.1 billion christian to your 1.5 billion Islam.. I wouldn't betray my beliefs and wouldn't care what you had in your pledge , mine would remain the same . Sorry I was imposing you were Islamic ,not true right ...?
Spooner April 24, 2014 at 10:33 pm
UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT, Argued and Submitted December 4,Read More 2007—San Francisco, California Filed March 11, 2010 We are called upon to decide whether the teacher-led recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, by students in public schools constitutes an establishment of religion prohibited by the United States Constitution. We hold it does not; the Pledge is constitutional. The Pledge of Allegiance serves to unite our vast nation through the proud recitation of some of the ideals upon which our Republic was founded and for which we continue to strive: one Nation under God—the Founding Fathers’ belief that the people of this nation are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; indivisible—although we have individual states, they are united in one Republic; with liberty —the government cannot take away the people’s inalienable rights; and justice for all—everyone in America is entitled to “equal justice under the law” (as is inscribed above the main entrance to our Supreme Court). Millions of people daily recite these words when pledging allegiance to the United States of America:I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
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!
golfer April 24, 2014 at 07:47 pm
Brian Hurrel wants proof. There is a terrific book called "Children of the Core." HeRead More wants proof, but I guarantee he won't read this book.
WMS826 April 24, 2014 at 09:46 pm
Proof is all over Brian, just open your eyes. Educators come out of college where they areRead More brainwashed into socialism and political correctness. They are part of this war on our culture and traditions and unfortunately they have our children for seven hours a day. I should have a choice with my tax money on where to apply it for education of my children. If many people opt out of the public system and all but one or two schools in a town remain open and used who cares. The kids still have a school to attend whose parents choose to use for them. We'd fire a bunch of teachers who could then get jobs in the private schools without the pensions and bennies, you guys are here to educate people right, it is not about the money at all..or is it. Save a ton of money, bust the unions, smaller class sizes...choice for parents...what is wrong with that plan.
WMS826 April 24, 2014 at 09:52 pm
Andy Schmidt ...progressive is code word for communism, has been for years. So is the wordRead More "action" . We are at the very beginning of this "fundamental transformation of America "as your man Obama puts it. Please tell me what that means coming from a man who is a known communist and endorsed by the communist party in every election he is in. It all starts with the children...that is how any regime does it.
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk April 22, 2014 at 04:12 pm
Marie, why are you conditioned to think that someone that needs pay more taxes because they have aRead More larger house? Why do you think that is fair? Why do you think that if someone spends money keeping their house nice, they need to be penalized with higher taxes? Shouldn't someone should be allowed to keep their house nice? So according to you, it is fair if I buy a house and let the paint go and let the place degenerate and I can have my taxes lowered. you are brilliant.
John Santaella April 22, 2014 at 04:16 pm
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk it doesn't work that way. Ask your town assessor about that.
Marie Intili April 22, 2014 at 05:49 pm
I didnt say you have to pay more taxes if you have a bigger house! Or a nicer house...you areRead More taking my words out of context! A two family home that is zoned for two families should only have two families living in it! Not 10 families! Thats all I said...I said nothing about letting your paint go or getting penelized with a higher tax because of size.....only what its zoned for!
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.
Social issues in Morristown Blog March 2, 2014 at 10:18 am
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Bob Roberts April 21, 2014 at 10:30 am
Don't stop at snow days; replace the entire mess with online learning.
Bob Roberts April 21, 2014 at 10:37 am
@ Kristin DiStefano - Your grammar is atrocious and have you heard of paragraphs? P.S. you are aRead More teacher, not a counselor - stay in your own lane. That is the biggest problem with the façade that is today's "teaching profession". Today's schools are nothing but codependent social engineering facilities.
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
OSHA