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Citizen of America April 24, 2014 at 09:39 am
Schools in blue states are excellent because citizens here take education seriously. As a result, weRead More fund schools accordingly through taxes. If you want low taxes, move to a dumb dumb red state where the education is atrocious and the citizens ignorant.
Patricia Rivera April 24, 2014 at 06:09 pm
We addressed rezoning last year in a big way. We let our Mayor and elected officials know thatRead More ‘we the people’ of Wayne do not want hi density housing. But where exactly does that leave us? We are still awaiting final COAH mandates. Mayor Vergano told us succinctly that Company’s are not moving to Wayne and Wayne does not give tax breaks to businesses. In the same breath we were advised that Businesses want to move to areas where their employees can ‘live, work and play.’ So now, here we are with a newly expanded Economic Development Council to try and draw ‘ratables’ to Wayne. How exactly do we do this? The Board of Education is finalizing their budget. Once again, annually actually, there is another increase looming. The Council will begin working on their budget and I heard it from a Council member there will be another township increase and the County is sure to follow suit. I ask again, how do we entice businesses to move to Wayne? There is no economic incentive to the business nor to the employees. BAE has stated they are leaving Wayne because their employees cannot afford to live here. Our ever increasing taxes are making our community less and less affordable and our home values lower. The Mayor may just be right, businesses, ratables, just may not come to Wayne. If Businesses want to be in communities where there employees can live, work and play and Wayne is not affordable then Mayor Vergano is 100% correct. How then do we reverse this trend? We must stop the ever increasing taxes in this town. Other towns have done it, so too we must. We need to let the Board of Ed and the Township Council hear our objections to yet another annual increase. I have lived in Wayne for 19 years and my taxes have gone up every single year. We need not to accept even a little increase from the Board of Ed or the Town. We need to come out and be heard. Voice your objection to any tax increase. As our taxes continue to rise, and our home values continue to flounder, we are less likely to draw commercial ratables to Wayne. What then, HiDensity housing? Rezoning? The Board of Ed will be hearing public comments tonight and over the next few days. Let your voices be heard.
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.
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SILENT WOLF April 24, 2014 at 05:25 pm
BellairBerdan it's still the majority that still want it in .
Madeleine April 24, 2014 at 05:46 pm
Separation of church and state. Period. Even if the supposed "majority" want it in, anyRead More reference to God should not be in a public place (including the Congress, the Supreme Court....virtually the entire government). Eliminating the "under God" part in the Pledge of Allegiance is a start towards an America based on the founding principle: freedom for people to live the way they want to live (as long as he or she does not infringe on the rights of another person). Religion is a private affair, not a public one.
SILENT WOLF April 24, 2014 at 07:07 pm
Madeleine I question if you are indeed a christian or just an imposter.You are so adamant about thisRead More God issue , wanting the word God to go away..It's a personal issue isn't it . You can argue with the majority , but you won't win ....I've heard your side and you heard mine . What else are you wanting to change with this country the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. since this won't change.
Lori Anne April 24, 2014 at 03:08 pm
Lisa, it sounds like those are issues that the school needs to address. It's not a reason to stopRead More testing altogether or have parents pull their students out of the test. The CC standards should solve some of the issues that you raised by making sure that if you're in 5th grade, you can read at a 5th grade level. Schools have always had standards, this isn't anything new. It just means that kids across the US should be getting the same education so they can compete in the outside world when they graduate.
Doubleclick April 24, 2014 at 03:33 pm
Fair point, Pete, but if Stevie Wonder could read the newspaper he'd still wonder who might be ableRead More to make the right nudges to the right people to get the CC assessments leaked. Cummings? Hard to say but should be in the conversation at least.
Pete Mock April 24, 2014 at 03:39 pm
Lori, NJ already has standards in place that address issues like that, and the Common Core comesRead More with a new level of testing in the PARCC that goes beyond anything we've had before. Students and teachers will be judged by the results of the PARCC and it will do nothing to inform what goes on the classroom. CC will do nothing to assure that a 5th grader is reading on the 5th grade level. It may indeed help assure that kids across the nation have similar standards, but I don't see that as a convincing reason to adopt the CC standards, esp since NJ standards are high compared to other states.
steve jones April 15, 2014 at 06:13 pm
I remember not so long ago when this mayor ran for office. Scads of my well to do privilegedRead More friends in town (the country club and tennis club crowds) were in a total uproar. He's going to destroy the town. He's an idiot. I am not getting involved anymore. I'm selling my house tomorrow. Etc., etc. Not one moved or sold their house. The guy seems to be doing an admirable job. And personally I see none of the shameless PC grandstanding of Jerry Fried. But none of my friends who ranted and raved for weeks and months even seem to rememer all the predictions of certain financial gloom and doom. Not one.
Michael Kinzig April 16, 2014 at 06:51 pm
So one PC er rave s about your good black mayor?? Montclair will soon be Newark light. ... Just youRead More wait and see.... Liberalism is a disease that will kill many hosts before it is seen for the Ill ness that it is. And, you will deserve it. Fools .
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!
Andy Schmidt April 24, 2014 at 05:36 pm
WMS826 >>take my tax portion to the school system and apply it to a catholic or private schoolRead More of my choice << Humans form societies so that we combine our different strengths and end up with something more than the sum of the pieces. By members giving up a share of their own possessions, they are supporting even the weakest members and in return get to benefit from whatever unique other talents THOSE can contribute. Maybe Gutenberg wasn't a great deer hunter, but he figured out how to print books. The whole point of taxes is that we all contribute a certain portion of income for the COMMON good. You don't get to pick that "YOUR" property tax only fixes YOUR roads. That "YOUR" state tax only builds bridges YOUR plan to travel over, that "YOUR" federal income tax only pays for medical research in illnesses YOU suffer from on that particular day - or YOUR taxes go to YOUR private school. In "this great nation" you DO have the option to move to a smaller house to afford private school tuition, or to move yourself from the mail room to the executive floor of your business. But those are not entitlements you earn by being a fellow taxpayer, those are individual perks you earn based on your personal achievements. Personal responsibility - not just where it's convenient for you!
Andy Schmidt April 24, 2014 at 05:51 pm
WMS826 - of course, it is an indictment of the American education system that so many folks in thisRead More country cannot distinguish "society" from "socialism", "community" from "communism" - or don't know the definition of "liberal". I personal consider myself a political "republican", an individual "liberal", a fiscal "conservative" and a social "progressive" -- so you take your pick what label you want to attach to me that best fits your personal agenda.
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.
jfc March 29, 2014 at 01:20 pm
For uncertain reasons some people catch the stomach bug all the time and others never do. In myRead More household I'm the first one to start and end with it. Nobody else comes down with it.
esther April 1, 2014 at 10:12 pm
The school was practically empty Thursday and Friday- my question- why did the superintendent spinRead More that all was back to normal Friday when that wasn't so? Monday and Tuesday had attendance almost back to normal- Friday was a ghost town as was Thursday. Spin, spin, spin.
Patti April 1, 2014 at 11:36 pm
@Esther - Because Montclair is "Purrfect" ( A bunch of phonies) haha
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?
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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
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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.