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K Cole April 23, 2014 at 03:04 pm
Why is the school data coming from Wikipedia? It is not a valid reference source for any age schoolRead More research nor should it be used in a news reporting setting.
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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.
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GreenDragonPatriot April 23, 2014 at 12:33 pm
Joe, If your comment is aimed at me, I don’t believe that I mentioned whether I wasRead More Christian or not. As far as you know, I may be an atheist… I just wouldn’t be a whiner. What I would be is tolerant of those who believe in a Supreme Being. Tolerance is a two-way street, however, whenever a Christian or Jew for that matter stands up for their beliefs, they are called intolerant and the practice of their religion is brought into question. Frankly, that is nothing more than a big heaping pile of buffalo chips. You speak of violence. Nowhere in any of the posts did I see any reference to violence. This is another cheap shot to get those with differing opinions to back down. Not today! Here are some fine examples of the tolerance you speak of; it’s ok to have a Gay Pride parade, but if you wish to celebrate the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman – you’re intolerant. If you disagree with our dear leader Chairman Mao Bama, you’re a racist. If you disagree with infanticide in the form of abortion, you’ve declared war on women. All of these are big heaping piles of buffalo chips. Tolerance is allowing those who do not believe in a Supreme Being to omit the words “under God” from the Pledge. If we were as intolerant as you suggest, we would demand that every child whether religious or not say the Pledge in its entirety. As a point of interest, I have a problem with the Pledge of Allegiance; not with the words “under God,” but with the phrase “one nation.” The United States was never meant to be one nation, but rather a union of independent states each directing their own destiny by their own governance. It is the reason the 10th Amendment was written into the Constitution. The best part about is that the schools will now spend time discussing anti-bullying policies, just in case the identity of this kid is made known. This is time spent away from what they are there for; learning!
John Stanzione April 24, 2014 at 06:34 am
Please....enough already with this nonsense! Children have been reciting the Pledge of AllegianceRead More with 'under God' included since 1954! If atheists don't want their children to participate they can simply stand quietly while the Pledge is happening, or simply not recite 'under God' during it. It is time to stop catering to the minority on this issue.
concerned April 24, 2014 at 07:07 am
AMEN!!
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!
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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?
RC7730 March 3, 2014 at 08:26 am
Really? For an inch? The decisions this winter have been ridiculous. When the days of being able toRead More walk or drive on an inch of snow are out of the question we are doomed.
J.E. O'Brien March 3, 2014 at 09:01 am
why aren't they sanding / salting the roads for the commuters / school buses?
delabruck@gmail.com March 3, 2014 at 10:39 pm
These roads in howell very icy too dangerous for school buses.
SHU March 6, 2014 at 06:41 pm
Sir, I graduated from MD not too long ago. Top 10% in my class, played 3 sports all 4 years, and wasRead More accepted into 10 different colleges all with scholarships. I have a sibling at the school currently. Everyone is treated as an equal at MD. Maybe I am partial, however I definitely have to disagree with you for various reasons. 1- The child was kicked out of the school for bad behavior. The situation was obviously handled. Bullying is a horrible thing, however the school did their job. It is not the school's fault that our child was bullied. 2- YES, Mater Dei is a Christian environment lead by Fr. Jeff, who has been doing an excellent job rehabilitating the faith in the school.. mass on a regular basis and a new teen youth group for the community 3- YES, it is a PRIVATE SCHOOL.. in essence it is a business. A business requires money, that very money you speak of for scholarships In regard to sports, the players on the football team went on to do track, and basketball..as well as various other sports... which by the way also brings in money to the school. It is not just football players that MD recruits. There are several basketball and soccer players that have currently registered… also MD is looking to add new sports based on the requests of incoming students…. It is quite common for students to attend a school based on sports… look at CBA and RBC for instance 4-The school actually does turn children away if their grades are not up to par, and also if they have a troubled record .. there is a strict no bullying policy.. which I am sure you are familiar with due to your personal story Sir, please find me a school that has no drugs, and no kids that have problems.. I guarantee that you will fail. Yes, I was a student at MD… believe me the harder drugs are both by the wealthier students.. and most of those students (lets face it).. do NOT attend MD. Sir, kids are kids… they are the same everywhere you go. I don't mean to bash you or your family, but if you are someone who truly wants to give your children a Catholic education, Mater Dei does just that. We are a tight-knit community that is growing. The experience is what you make of it. On another note, it is unfortunate that your child had a bad experience. I am truly sorry for that. We all want to see our kids and siblings have a safe, enjoyable experience. Aside from your story, I have to say that most other stories I hear of the school are positive ones. The reality is, Mater Dei gives children the opportunity to learn in a Catholic setting, in small classrooms, and with like minded people. They have a 100% college acceptance rate, and more scholarship money goes to Mater Dei graduates than any other private school in the area--- including RBC, which has 4x the amount of students It is what you make of it. Mater Dei is on its way up. And quite honestly, maybe if the community (the Saint Mary's parents) sent their children to Mater Dei, then we would not have to reach out to get students to attend. Recently, the school has gone through some really amazing changes and people see the opportunity and want to send their children. This is the reality. Just because one child wronged your child, I find it offensive for you to place all of these "inner city" children into this category. These kids work harder than most other children to be honest, and why do you care where they come from anyway? One particular student was just accepted into the college of his choice with an ACADEMIC scholarship. This may not have been made possible to him without Mater Dei, and the staff member that work tirelessly to make sure the students are on the right track. Again, I am very sorry for your experience. Regards
7ts April 8, 2014 at 01:04 pm
Sorry I don't buy it. I spent a lot of money on this school only to have my child have to takeRead More remedial courses in English and Math while at college. He was a straight A student in English and did well in Math while attending MD. What does that tell you? Check out the list of colleges these kids attend after graduating, a large portion go to Brookdale (hence the large number of scholarships community colleges tend to give out quite a few) ,number one for the cost, but secondly because they aren't ready for real college yet. I'm glad you had a good experience while there. But I stand by what I said many of these new recruits are disrespectful to their coaches. My son witnessed it first hand as a child came into a locker room late while the coach was speaking to the team, he proceeded to talk over the coach as if he weren't there. Others also talked backed to the coach when he gave them their training assignments as in "I ain't gonna do that, f*** that." Heard with his own ears. Were you there? The school needs money desperately, a few years back it was ready to close. The building needs major renovations and the curriculum needs to be changed to help those who need it. At the time my son left it was not unlike a Tiger Schulmanns where you get a black belt if you go to enough classes.
Bill April 8, 2014 at 05:22 pm
7ts. I w's enjoying the banter between an alum and father of an alum when I read your last statementRead More about Tiger Schulmanns. As the father of two TS students and a student myself, i am interested how you came about this position that is very different than my experience. I think that your point was that TS gives black belts to people that are incapable of defending themselves. I would suggest that you could find a better way to make a point about your sons education than a dated reference to a martial arts school that is no longer valid.
Sissy Strose February 27, 2014 at 10:39 am
Kudos to you, Jacqui, for your letter. I am not a parent but Billy was friends with my nephew. IRead More first saw him as an 8 year old boy and knew that my nephew remained friends with him and even went to Rutgers parties with him. This hits close to home and is very disturbing. Add to that the fact that RU is turning their backs on a former student, a human being, a young promising soul who they were more than happy to accept 3.5 years of tuition from, is disgusting. I live nearby (East Brunswick) and I am very frustrated at what seems to be apathy on the part RU and even students who "may" know what happened to this kid. Maybe the university could have sent out a note urging its students to come forward. Or assure them that their safety is extremely important. How about a condolence to the family? I bet it has occurred to them that the killer(s) could be RU students. I'm sure they don't want any parts of that. This is reminiscent of Penn State who thought it was more important to save face than to protect innocent children. this family deserves the help of RU and all of us in finding who did this to their beloved son. Stop thinking about your wallet RU! Do the right thing!
Dawn Kelly February 27, 2014 at 04:55 pm
It is not just one parent who is upset with Rutgers University's inaction in the wake of Billy'sRead More McCaw's murder. I am also a parent of a senior at Rutgers and my daughter has been a close friend of Billy's since the very first day of their freshman year. I am shocked and disturbed by Rutgers lack of concern and compassion for a student of theirs. I have called Rutgers President Barchi and have sent emails to him, all of which have been ignored. My daughter returned home immediately after hearing about the violent murder of her dear friend. She was looking to us, as her parents, for guidance and assurances that she would be safe returning to campus to finish her senior year. She was also looking for support in dealing with the unexplainable death. We could not give her those assurances since Rutgers has simply decided to ignore the entire situation. This has left so many of Billy's friends and classmates to deal with their feelings of loss, pain, anger, frustration and sadness all on their own. Rutgers was my daughter's "dream school" and her 4 years there are now ending in a nightmare. An abusive basketball coach at the University made national news but the murder of a student on campus is ignored. I live in south Jersey, 90 minutes from the University and not one news station or newspaper has covered the story. Relatives in north Jersey have also not heard anything about Billy's murder. How can this be? Isn't Rutgers a New Jersey state university? Wouldn't it be helpful to the investigation if more people in the area knew about it, perhaps offering tips or clues? I can't even get the President of the University or anyone on his staff to acknowledge my phone call or emails. The entire situation is tragic. My thoughts and prayers are with Billy and his family
Sissy Strose February 28, 2014 at 11:49 am
If Billy had won a gold medal at Soch or an Oscar or donated money to RU, I am assured they wouldRead More have acknowledged his death, former student or not. Kean U., Hillsborough HS and his Tennessee HS have all made public statements and sent condolences to his family. We're not asking for RU to accept blame; it isn't their fault. We'd like to see some compassion, some support, some validation of this kid who loved this school so much and died just yards from it's soil. Be there for your students, this is terrifying! We don't know what happened that night. We aren't asking for a guarantor or goat. Just some words from the pink elephant in the room.
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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.
Joseph Mahmah February 18, 2014 at 12:03 pm
delayed lol... what a joke. Eatontown you need to get it together. why every time there is a 90 minRead More delay you never send the school bus to pick my daughter up? its becoming the normal procedure every time there is a delay there is no bus
Bob English February 18, 2014 at 12:28 pm
Joseph...If you have not already, call your daughters school or the board office.
J.E. O'Brien February 18, 2014 at 03:40 pm
the roads are icy and snow on top then melt into each other makes more ice and no sand/ salt thrownRead More on the interior roads. very dangerous. I don't know how NJ can expect people to send their kids into school when the towns do not make it safe. It makes no sense. There are many new drivers on the road and they should take their time and other motorists should have patience. Should be that way even in the best of conditions people.
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.
Sarah Elmore- Sambucini December 9, 2013 at 02:19 pm
Middletown Middle Schools should most defiantly be added!
George Murphy December 11, 2013 at 10:34 pm
I was surprised to see that Burlington County was well represented in the "Violent"Read More category, but not so much so in the bullying incidents. I did hear once from a colleague / substitute teacher who worked in Easthampton that the students there often exhibited some very questionable behavior. By the way, isn't that the district where one of the teachers, who was a regular substitute in the district, had a gender change. HE was a "he" in June; but, SHE returned in September to work, as though nothing ever happened. Now, is it any wonder as to why our children subscribe to anti-cultural behavior in their respective schools?
George Murphy December 11, 2013 at 10:50 pm
Sarah - I worked there for a year in one of the middle schools and actually found the climate to beRead More more than satisfactory. This happens in every school district at some point in its history. Again, the culture that surrounds these children is to blame, here. As long as there have been kids, there has been bullying in our world. Everyone wants to win, and some will stop at nothing to reach that mark. I took one of the sixth graders aside, who was bullying another sixth grader, and I reasoned with him man-to-man. We did not go through the usual bogus protocol ritualistic crud that public schools (via the progressives) seem to want to shove down our throats - to little or no avail! Age-old procedure: Create the problems so that we can create never-ending, superfluous solutions. Solutions that are not solutions, but give the "appearance" of a solution. Remember the Little Rascals' fire engine that was powered by a mule? To get this stubborn animal to move, the kids would have a carrot suspended on a fishing pole. To move they would move the carrot out to the front of the mule; and to stop, they would reel it back. So you see, the mule always had the "appearance" of the veggie, but it would never ever fall into his mouth. Think about it!!