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Category: Education

NJEA goes to bat for rich, safe Dems

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

booker norcross mailerThe New Jersey (Mis)Education Association (NJEA) claims to represent teachers, Save Jerseyans, but you and I know it’s really a glorified, giant liberal Democrat PAC. And by giant, I mean HUGE in terms of raw dollars spent.

They collect well over $130 million annually in union dues – Gov. Christie very correctly calls it the “slushfund” – and spend countless millions of the raw total on stuff with absolutely NO connection to representing and defending teachers.

Then there’s the regular PAC (see Exhibit A on the right) that spends big “voluntary” member money on millionaires like Cory Booker and union/political boss Donald Norcross, both of whom are running in relatively safe races. Some investment, right?

And then there’s the rest of it…

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Christie Wades into Sayreville Hazing Debacle

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The Governor also said he was “concerned” about the ongoing Ebola crisis amid concerns from legislators and experts during a press availability outside of the offices of the Dioceses of Trenton on Thursday afternoon:

Transcript:

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Traier Calls Out Best for Worst Behavior

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

John Traier (second from Left) - Photo Credit: PCRRO

John Traier (second from Left) – Photo Credit: PCRRO

Want to make a quick and easy buck, Save Jerseyans? Or thousands of them?

Buddy up to Paterson City schools superintendent Donnie Evans. He’s got the Midas touch.

We found out this week that he planned to elevate Passaic County Freeholder Theodore “TJ” Best to a new position: “director of climate, culture and external affairs.”

What’s that? And how much does it pay.

Good question. Apparently even Evans doesn’t know yet.

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The Math Behind Your Property Tax Bill

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

When more than 50% of New Jersey state aid is dedicated to 5% of our schools, Save Jerseyans, thanks largely to the New Jersey Supreme Court’s interference, then no one should be surprised when New Jersey’s property taxes are the highest in the nation. It’s simple math… something that they’re not doing a particularly good job of teaching in those 5%-districts! Or many of the rest of them, too, if we’re being honest.

School funding is one of our favorite topics at Save Jersey; if you’re a visual learner, here’s a particularly excellent explanatory video dropped by the Assembly GOP on Tuesday. It’s hard to ignore the problem when the numbers are staring right back at you…

Back to School (and Reality) in N.J.

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

school bus stopYes, your little ghouls and gobblins were back at school this morning, Save Jersey, ready for another year of ruining new expensive sneakers, learning bad words at recess and, of course, having their sweet little heads packed full of liberal mush courtesy of the Common Core standards.

But in between the endless annual bus stop photo ops and after-school homework grumbling, please don’t lose sight of an all-important fact: you’re paying out the ass for a substandard product

Assuming, of course, that you’re paying property taxes like I do.

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NJEA Endorses 9 Dems, 1 GOP’er

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

NJEA Menendez Mailer 1If this doesn’t tell you everything that you need to know, Save Jerseyans, than I’m not sure what will…

  • U.S. Senate: Cory Booker (D)
  • CD-1: Donald Norcross (D)
  • CD-2: Rep. Frank A. LoBiondo (R)
  • CD-3: Aimee Belgard (D)
  • CD-4: No endorsement
  • CD-5: Roy Cho (D)
  • CD-6: Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D)
  • CD-7: Pending
  • CD-8: Rep. Albio Sires (D)
  • CD-9: Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D)
  • CD-10: Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D)
  • CD-11: Mark Dunec (D)
  • CD-12: Bonnie Watson Coleman (D)

Christie viaja a México

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Us mexico borderGovernor Chris Christie leaves for Mexico on Wednesday, Save Jerseyans, undertaking a 3-day trip to described to the press as a “trade mission” but, if we’re being honest, is intended to double as yet another opportunity to showcase New Jersey’s Republican chief executive as an international name ahead of the GOP presidential primaries (the first debates, believe it or not, are likely on about one year away).

The ever-present specter of America’s immigration crisis will undoubtedly shadow the official proceedings…

Here’s a complete schedule:

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Christie Vetoes School Board Bracketing Bill

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) visits a Camden, NJ classroom in January 2014.

Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) visits a Camden, NJ classroom in January 2014.

Governor Chris Christie is sending S-387/A-1363 back to the state legislature. Had he signed the bill, it would have permitted two or more school board candidates to circulate join petition and bracket together.

Advocates say the legislation would bring much-needed voter attention to these important but oft-overlooked local contests.

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The Ongoing Fight Against Common Core in New Jersey

By Alyssa Lafage | The Save Jersey Blog

apple coreIn 2010, New Jersey joined 44 states and the District of Columbia in adopting Common Core. The previously untested educational standards were sold to state Governors by the Obama administration as a way to improve education across the country. According to the Department of Education, the standards for math and language arts are meant to, “provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them.” 

Yet an increasing number of parents and educators are finding fault with Common Core, and for good reason.

Common Core is one of the most far-reaching attempts to control education that the federal government has ever made. It entrusts federal bureaucrats and private organizations with the power to make decisions on what children should learn and when they should learn it. 

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Valerie Strauss: Consistent Education Elitist

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

obama toast“New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is consistent — at least when it comes to espousing total  indifference to what Newark residents want for their state-operated public school system.”

That’s how The Washington Post‘s Valerie Strauss began her latest snarky education post, Save Jerseyans, published on Friday; for those who don’t follow WashPo, Strauss is an Obama liberal archetype who railed against Mitt Romney’s educational reform proposals in 2012 but, like the President, sends her own children to private school.

Remember: there’s always one set of rules for them and another for the unwashed masses for whom they attempt to control every consequential life decision…

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Christie Will Review PARCC Tests

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

christie smiling town hallAs promised, Governor Chris Christie is addressing controversial Partnership for Assessment of Readiness of College and Careers (PARCC) testing, Save Jerseyans; the bad news is that he’s doing it to “ensure the effectiveness of the Core Curriculum Content Standards, including the Common Core State Standards.”

“This Administration is committed to the educational success of every child, no matter the zip code,” said Governor Christie in a Monday evening statement. “Since 2010 we’ve enacted a series of measures that implement rigorous standards, develop excellent educators, and use high quality student assessments to gauge the progress of student learning and the effectiveness of classroom instruction. Establishing this commission is just another step in ensuring we’re providing the best quality education possible to our students .”

You can read Governor Christie’s executive order here.

Don’t expect a solution any time in the near future. The 9-member commission will present a report to the Governor no later than December 31, 2014; a final report will be made public no later than July 31, 2015.

 

Guv Promises New PARCC Approach

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

testingBoth sides of the aisle have big problems with Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) testing, Save Jerseyans, so during an under-reported exchange at last week’s town hall meeting in Haddon Heights, Governor Chris Christie told a teacher participant that he’d pitch a fresh proposal to address those concerns in 7-10 days.

The stakes are growing as the landscape darkens. New Jersey is facing extreme fiscal pressure as another budget fails to meet basic obligations without borrowing, and the Republican 2016 prospect is hoping to roll out a new pension and benefits reform package soon, too, all while presidential speculation and Bridgegate rumors keep Trenton on edge and his Administration off-balance.

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Assembly Puts Brakes On Common Core

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

brakesIf I told you that the Democrat-dominated New Jersey Assembly voted 72-4 this week to slow down the pace of Common Core State Standards implementation, Save Jerseyans, you’d probably feel the urge to get your eyes checked. But that’s exactly what happened on Monday. Go figure….

The legislative effort spearheaded by Assemblywoman Mila Jasey (D-Essex) won a dozen primary sponsors and overwhelming bipartisan support; if it becomes law, the bill would establish a task force to review (not scrap) state participation in the controversial new Common Core standards and the equally controversial the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) testing.

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Post-CA Tenure Decision, Kyrillos Seeks Repeat in New Jersey

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Joe Kyrillos at 2012 RNC in Tampa, Florida

Joe Kyrillos at 2012 RNC in Tampa, Florida

Following an earth-shattering decision by the California state court striking down that state’s tenure law, state Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) says he’s reaching out to an advocacy group involved in the West Coast case to help accomplish the same result in New Jersey.

He’ll start by re-introducing S-2171, “The School Children First Act.”

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