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Moore's Tavern April 23, 2014 at 09:58 am
Hello John K. That quote would be meaningful if the Board of Education paid for aircraft too butRead More since they spend nearly $70mm of taxpayer money annually only on the school system, it is quite irrelevant. What is relevant is how paying higher taxes for increased healthcare costs improves classroom education. Would you have any quotes to address that? Or would putting teachers into the Obamacare exchange result in cost savings locally to overburdened taxpayers?
Cindi April 23, 2014 at 10:35 am
I appreciate this column and the information you've taken the time to write. Thanks, Mr. Pugh!
Townie April 23, 2014 at 12:29 pm
Mr. Brandon, what exactly will the $1M being raised do to "keep the schools the best they canRead More be"? If no money is raised, what program or activity is lost? Please be specific with how this money will be spent and why those investments deliver results. Thanks.
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John Santaella April 24, 2014 at 01:29 am
The Pilgrims left England because of religious persecution but they did not come here, they went toRead More Holland were there was tolerance. But, lo and behold, the Dutch also had tolerance for Jews and the Pilgrims could not tolerate that. Then they came over here. And, if you recall they burned 'witches' at the stake. Wonderful tolerant Pilgrims. If you believe Pilgrims came here to avoid persecution I'll bet you believe George Washington chopped down a cherry tree.
John Santaella April 24, 2014 at 01:31 am
God is shaking her head at all this intolerance. I'll bet she's on Prozac right now
Tom Abbott April 24, 2014 at 01:57 am
Though not certain, it seems you are conflating the Pilgrims and the Puritans who were distinctRead More groups. If you are referring to the Salem witch trials that would be the Puritans. I don't recall any references to Pilgrims either burning witches or leaving Holland because of the Jews. I'm curious whether you have sources for that.
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!
Lulu's Mom April 23, 2014 at 04:48 pm
Global Warming is not settled nor accepted by all scientists.
WMS826 April 23, 2014 at 08:12 pm
Political correctness is used by liberals to further their own socialist/ communist agenda and notRead More teach things accurately. Teaching children that America is bad, that the USA flag is offensive, that religion is a myth, that social justice is real and should be administered. Talking about white privilege and lies about our founding fathers and the birth of our country. Text books have been re written to be inclusive at the expense of accuracy. The classroom is being used to further teachers political agendas while less and less time is focused on the basics. P/C is liberal brainwashing anywhere it is. Chicago is a perfect example of a failed society under liberals.
Brian Hurrel April 23, 2014 at 08:44 pm
Please provide a specific example of teaching children that America is bad, that the USA flag isRead More offensive, that religion is a myth, that social justice is real and should be administered, white privilege and lies about our founding fathers and the birth of our country. School. Curriculum. Texts used. Specific quotes from the lesson.
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?
Pete April 16, 2014 at 10:43 pm
@MTPS Revenue Committee: Are you really serious?????? Just what kind of management co you callRead More this?
Townie April 17, 2014 at 06:41 am
Even the mafia doesn't threaten children. Put this down as "we tried everything" rightRead More before the necessary tax increase language. If you didn't give teachers a nickel of increase, putting them in a similar position as the majority of people paying their salaries, they would be fine. Our BOE just doesn't seem interested in doing anything significant in controlling salaries..which will always be the largest expense. Everything else is a distraction from the real issue.
Townie April 17, 2014 at 06:45 am
By the way...I know they have a contract. I'm referring to the next one...
jerseytomato February 26, 2014 at 07:55 am
I completely misread Jen's post. So, for the record, I stand corrected and regret doing so.Read More Sheila, unfortunately, I don't have children, and am able to freely make vacation plans. As for our education system, I'm afraid it's appalling, but I pay my tax dollars in support, none the less.
Parent March 5, 2014 at 12:42 pm
Stop the constant testing! Let the teachers teach and maybe the kids will learn. Private school getsRead More it done in less time, get education back to what it was.
Parent March 5, 2014 at 12:42 pm
Stop the constant testing! Let the teachers teach and maybe the kids will learn. Private school getsRead More it done in less time, get education back to what it was.
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.