Sweeney, NJEA Square off in Ugly Brawl About School Funding

State Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester) In an ironic twist, the fate of school funding for next year may not hinge on the usual Democratic-Republican politics, but instead on what has become a nasty feud between New Jersey’s top Democrat and its dominant teachers union. State Senate President Steve Sweeney and the New Jersey Education […]

FACT CHECK: Democrats Scheme to Leave New Jersey’s Special Needs Children in the Lurch

Sweeney and Prieto’s $171 million school funding concord unveiled earlier this week represents an attempt at achieving peace between warring Democrat political factions, Save Jerseyans. Sweeney’s faction is challenging Prieto for the speakership. The NJEA is throwing mud at Sweeney. Somehow, the Senate President and Speaker hope, agreement will breed peace heading into the November election […]

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Beck: School Funding Should Be Fair and Transparent

By Senator Jennifer Beck The biggest issue facing our state is property taxes.  And the biggest impact on that issue is school taxes. Over the next several weeks, a new plan for school funding will be debated in Trenton. There aren’t a lot of details being provided on this plan or its methodology, but estimates […]

Lawmakers reach $171M deal on school funding

TRENTON — Top Democratic lawmakers who have been pushing competing plans to repair education funding in New Jersey said Wednesday they have agreed to a deal that would increase state funding by $125 million. Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester) and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson) said their plan that would add $100 million in new […]

Judge: lawsuit over taxpayer-funded union jobs may proceed

A lawsuit between a conservative group and the Jersey City teachers union will proceed after a judge denied the union’s bid to dismiss the suit on Friday. The legal spat focuses on “release time,” a provision in the union’s contract with the public-school district that allows two top union officials to devote all of their […]

District dishes out $150K settlement over selling booze at school

PERTH AMBOY — The city board of education has paid out $150,000 to settle a five-year-old lawsuit over the illegal selling of alcohol at an elementary school and another settlement could be in the works, court documents show. The whistleblower lawsuit was filed in June of 2012 by school secretary Susan Nieves accusing another secretary, […]

Op-Ed: Proposed A.C. Charter School is Desperately Needed

I am very excited to announce my support for The Frederick Douglass Charter School for Boys, a new school that our community desperately needs. If approved by the New Jersey Department of Education, this innovative educational institution would be the first single-gender charter school in the state and has plans to open in August 2018. […]

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At tonight’s debate, some GOP education funding straight talk is long overdue

I don’t know if you’re following this nonsensical school funding “debate” between Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, Save Jerseyans, but it’s rich. It really is! Prieto, aligned with the New Jersey (Mis)education Association, wants to spend an inordinate amount of tax dollars ($125 million) right away on education funding. Sweeney? He wants to […]

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“Moms” Slate Sweeps Neptune BOE Elections

New Jersey’s property tax battle is a local battle, Save Jerseyans, and tonight in Neptune, incumbents Dwayne Breeden and William Wells and their running mate Joann Valentine went down in an approximately 2-to-1 defeat to the “Moms for Neptune BOE” slate of Brady Connaughton, Dorothea Fernandez and Nicole Green. The victorious and creative trio carried 15 of 20 districts with branding […]

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