Saturday, May 12, 2012
Some parents in New Jersey weren't happy with one of the questions on the NJASK test.
Saturday, May 12, 2012
The NJ ASK standardized testing is designed to test the general knowledge of state kindergarten through eighth grade students, but this year for some third graders, it also tested their ability to keep a secret. According to the Asbury Park Press, students in New Jersey reported to their parents that they were asked to reveal a secret in an essay portion of the test, and reveal why the secret was hard to keep. New Jersey Department of Education Spokesman Justin Barra confirmed with the Asbury Park Press that the "secret" question was on the test, but was not a part of the students' scores. But some parents, including Richard Goldberg of Marlboro, whose 9-year-old twins told him about it, said he thinks the question was inappropriate. …
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Obama's appointee to the National Council on DisAbility, Ari Ne'eman spoke to the Bloomfield community about what it means to be “different” in an America built on equality and "justice for all.”
When autism advocate Ari Ne'eman, Barack Obama's appointee to the National Council on DisAbility, recently spoke in Essex County, the discussion was not about autism, per se, but about civil rights. Specifically, Ne'eman discussed how the role of the disabled person relates to history and human rights, and what it means to be “different” in an America built on the tenents of equality and "justice for all.” “Nobody should have to pretend to be something that they’re not, as a means of being included in their own society,” he said in an one-hour speech at Bloomfield High School last month. “We are taught at a very young age that to be ‘different’ is to be ‘wrong.’ [For those who are different] that’s a horrendous way of living.” Ne’eman, …
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
However board will not rescind earlier vote; may face action by some in the community.
In the month since the Millburn Board of Education voted to move school board elections from April to November, ending the public vote on the school budget, the issue has become one of the most heated in recent history. Residents have talked with each other and with board members – both for and against the move. They’ve brought it up at subsequent meetings, hoping for a reversal. There have been letters to the editor and lots of questions asked. And several representatives of We Love Millburn, recently told board that the law itself creates a conflict of interest for board members who stand to benefit by extending their terms and it also violates their rights as property owners who pay taxes to support the budget. They have said if the …