Education


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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Should N.J. schools start later? What a state study found

TRENTON — New Jersey teenagers would likely benefit from later school start times, but the state shouldn’t force middle and high schools to shift their schedules because of the logistical nightmare that could ensue, a state report recommends. The state Department of Education on Tuesday released the final report from its Study Group on Later […]


Christie vs. S&P Over the FY2018 Budget

Chris Christie’s final budget is getting torched by the S&P this evening, Save Jerseyans. The Administration’s parting shot? Don’t blame us. We tried to fix it…. “The S&P report is just another example of how the cost of pensions and benefits is eating into the state’s revenue and, as a result, direct school aid,” opined […]

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O’Scanlon Tells Greenwald, Dems To “Man Up” On School Funding

Budget negotiations are ongoing under the dome, Save Jerseyans, and things got a little headed today when Democrat Majority Leader Lou Greenwald (D-Camden) inquired of acting Commissioner Kimberley Harrington why the Christie Administration hadn’t addressed the school funding crisis. “School funding has been a problem that Democrats have been unwilling to address for years,” said Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth), […]

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Opinion: Why I Support Betsy DeVos

Credit: Amanda Brown Dick Zimmer Shortly after Betsy DeVos was sworn into office as U.S. Secretary of Education, I was invited, as a trustee of Excellent Education for Everyone (E3), to meet with her at the Department of Education. I accepted the invitation with pleasure. When I posted a picture of myself with DeVos on […]


As Christie’s exit looms, 16 new charter schools want to open

TRENTON — In what could be the final opportunity to win approval from the Christie administration, 16 new charters schools are trying to open in New Jersey. The proposals come predominantly from North Jersey but also include plans for schools in Atlantic, Burlington and Ocean counties. The state must decide by July if it wants […]



Beck Rallies For Overtaxed, Underfunded Suburban School Districts at Newark Hearing

State Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11) is making school funding a central plank of her 2017 reelection campaign platform, Save Jerseyans, so she showed up with Monmouth County education leaders ready to fight at today’s public budget hearing conducted by the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee in Newark. “We have over 100 underfunded school districts that have seen significant […]

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Ciatterelli Answers Christie’s Challenge, Pitches School Funding Reform Plan

Chris Christie offered a largely symbolic challenge to the NJEA-controlled state legislature in this year’s budget address, but one Republican candidate to succeed him is taking it seriously. On Monday, Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli (R-Somerset) forwarded a letter addressed Governor Christie, Senate President Steve Sweeney, Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean and Assembly Minority […]

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OP-ED: Freedom of School Choice is a Chance at the American Dream

Ruthven Haneef Auguste Earlier this week I was in Trenton with other public charter school parents to meet with legislators, advocate for the opportunity to choose a school that best fits the needs of our children, and commit to a year of action supporting education equality for all. Whether you’re a charter, district, or private […]


OPINION: N.J. GOP Can’t ‘Out-Reasonable’ Democrats on School Funding (and Shouldn’t Try)

GOP Assembly Leader Jon Bramnick (R-Union) took up the cause of his ally, Chris Christie, earlier this week, writing to Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson) after Tuesday’s State Budge Address to implore the majority party to come up with a new school funding formula in the next 100 days. “The current system is unfair, unsustainable and too costly for families across […]

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NOT SO FAST: Egg Harbor Rejects Transgender Student Bathroom Policy

“Nay” is the answer, Save Jerseyans. The Egg Harbor Township Board of Education (down in Atlantic County) voted 5-4 on Tuesday against adopting a new bathroom-related policy for transgender students which would’ve allowed children to use whichever bathroom conformed to their “gender identity.” ShoreNewsToday.com has the full story. The move comes one week after the Trump […]

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