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    “How are the public schools?” It’s the question every young parent has to ask when deciding where to live. It overrides all the superficial stuff – the night clubs, the sushi spots, the prevalence of farmer’s markets. It’s a profound question that cuts to the essence of a community’s sustainability, the concrete way of asking the ultimate and ultimately unanswerable question, “Can I raise my children here?”

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    This is our continuing coverage of the Jersey City Board of Education elections, coming up on November 5. The four available BOE seats will be occupied by the highest vote-getters. Elected board members will work as advocates for children and families of the district, act as advisors to Superintendent Marcia Lyles and the schools’ administrators as well as serve as […]

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    In Statewide News: Prosecutor: Garden State Plaza Gunman Committed Suicide Inside Mall, Body Found: The body of a 20-year-old Teaneck man who walked into the Westfield Garden State Plaza mall in Paramus on Monday night and fired six shots, setting off a panicked frenzy and a six-hour manhunt, was found in a storage area inside the […]

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    In Statewide News: Christie Stops Short of Pledge to Finish Second Term: Chris Christie stopped short of promising to finish his second term as New Jersey governor, argued that President Barack Obama lied to Americans about health care insurance and claims fat jokes don’t bother him. – Bloomberg Texting at a Stoplight? NJ Bill Would […]

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    In Statewide News: Measure Would Help NJ Crime Victims: If you’re a crime victim in New Jersey, when you go to get a copy of the police report of your case, you will have to pay for it. One New Jersey lawmaker doesn’t think that’s right. – NJ 101.5 Student Test Scores Remain Steady, Despite […]

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    In Statewide News: Chris Christie Talks Leadership in Washington With CEOs at Wall St. Journal Event: If you want to run New Jersey or the United States or a Fortune 500 company, just take a look at the last four years in Trenton, Gov. Chris Christie told a friendly crowd of powerful business leaders today. […]

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  • 11/22/13--06:40: Friday Morning News Roundup
  • In Statewide News: NJ Unemployment Rate Declines: New Jersey’s unemployment rate has dropped a bit early this fall as more residents of the state have left the labor force, continuing a trend that has prevailed since summer. – NJ 101.5 With Deadline Looming, New Jersey Still Undecided on Extension for Canceled Health Insurance Policies: New […]

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    On Monday, February 10th, this year’s Jersey City Teacher of the Year luncheon was held at the Duncan Family Sky Room at Saint Peter’s University. In spite of the cold weather that has more than overstayed its welcome, the partially snow-covered roads, and slippery, icy sidewalks, guests came out to gather and celebrate the city’s public school educators who have gone the extra mile to facilitate their students’ growth and success.

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    Ten years ago the Garden Preschool Board members sat around a little table in tiny wooden chairs discussing our future. Our co-president had a grim announcement to make. “I just don’t know if we’re going to be open next fall,” she said. “We have almost NO applicants for next school year.” I remember thinking, HOW […]

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    It makes perfect sense that Kris Van Nest, creator and host of the web series Kids Teach Dad, earned a Master’s degree in Educational Technology. But his zest for learning started much earlier, in a simpler setting. “I grew up on a farm in Pennsylvania,” Van Nest tells the Jersey City Independent. “You’re building tree houses, and […]

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    A new kind of science experiment is going on at the Liberty Science Center (LSC) and it could impact local kids’ performance in the classroom. This school year, the Jersey City Public Schools will be working with LSC in the pilot of an elementary school STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) initiative. Every Friday or

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    Locals are celebrating Back to School season tomorrow, Sept. 21, with the I Love Jersey City Public Schools Back to School Festival. The inaugural festival will be held in Liberty State Park on Saturday to celebrate the beginning of the school year and showcase programs at the system’s 39 schools. At the event, parents and

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    Dr. Sue Henderson, the new head of New Jersey City University (NJCU)–and its first female president–was inaugurated last week with a jazz concert on Thursday and ceremony on Friday. Henderson, who has been serving as president at NJCU since August 2012, started her career as a mathematics teacher at Lithonia High School in Lithonia, Ga.

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    Hudson County Community College (HCCC) has expanded its online course offerings, school officials announced. The school recently expanded its online course catalog to include nearly 60 online and hybrid courses and also doubled the number of times students can begin online courses from four times a year to eight, says Jennifer Dudley, Dean of Non-Traditional

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    The Jersey City Board of Education elections are coming up fast on Nov. 5. Three of the seats up for grabs have three-year terms; these seats are currently held by Carol Lester, Angel Valentin and vice president Sterling Waterman. The other seat available is for a one-year term and is currently held by Gerald Lyons,

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    While Gov. Chris Christie has proclaimed his support of charter schools, a segment of New Jersey’s charter school community is waging a persistent battle over whether they are being supported enough. A group of charter schools in Jersey City has been in a legal battle with the state for the better part of two years,

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    Every year, Jersey City voters have the opportunity to elect three individuals to serve on the Jersey City Board of Education (JCBOE). Terms last for three years. The role of the nine member JCBOE is to set policy and oversee administration of Jersey City’s 40 public schools. According to the Hudson County Clerk’s Office there

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    Families in Jersey City have a diverse set of choices when it comes to high schools. In total, there are 19 high schools, comprised of eight local public, three local county, three public charter and five private schools. Some are open to all Jersey City eighth graders. Others require a student to apply and have

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    Note: This article was updated to include info about community feed back at these meetings on July 8 at 3:45. The Port Authority sent out the following update to last month’s press release about the upcoming weekend PATH closures on the 33rd Street line. After posting this press release many of our readers asked us

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    This is our continuing coverage of the Jersey City Board of Education elections, coming up on November 5. The four available BOE seats will be occupied by the highest vote-getters. Elected board members will work as advocates for children and families of the district, act as advisors to Superintendent Marcia Lyles and the schools’ administrators as well

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