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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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    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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    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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    The Jersey City Library's Main Branch, located at 472 Jersey Ave., will reopen on Monday, May 1. The Main Library will resume its regular operating schedule: 9 am to 8 pm Monday through Thursday and 9 am to 5 pm on Saturdays. The Biblioteca Criolla, Bonetti Children’s Room, New Jersey Room and the Lending and Literacy Departments, will once again be open to the public. The Reference Department and Federal Documents Department will remain closed as those areas continue to undergo renovations.