Members of the Montclair Board of Education and attorney Mark Tabakin, who has been investigating the leak of the planned assessments for students in the Montclair school district, met with the Montclair Township Council on December 10 in a closed session. The meeting prompted local education activists to address the council in the public comment section of the council meeting, in which many of them accused the school board of issuing subpoenas to residents opposed to the assessments to squelch dissent.
Resident Luis Delgado cited the debate over the reforms that has caused so much controversy over the past year and how it had been healthy for the township, but said that recent reports of the board’s investigation left him concerned about a lack of common sense in the direction its investigation is taking.
With a winter weather advisory, which will bring 3 – 5 inches of snow, in effect until later this afternoon, school closings and early dismissals are beginning to be called. Check back often, as we will continue to update this list:
I read an articlerecently about a remarkable young man named Quai Jefferson. He attends St. Joseph Regional of Montvale, where he is a senior wide receiver (on the state’s number one ranked football team) and the starting shooting guard on the basketball team. Not only a star athlete, he also excels in his studies with a 3.5 GPA. After school, he cares for his mother who has Multiple Sclerosis and keeps his household humming. He empties her catheter bag, re-dresses the bandages on her bed sores, cooks dinner (pork chops, rice and green beans on the evening the reporter was visiting), cuts her meat up into tiny pieces and settles her into bed. In his spare time (insert throat clearing) he pays the bills, buys groceries, clips coupons and completes his homework, sometimes working until two in the morning before, finally, curling up in bed. At 7:15am, his day starts all over again. Oh yeah, and he’s seventeen years old. Really? Really.
Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) is an annual program dedicated to inspiring K-12 students to take interest in computer science. Code.org is producing CSEdWeek for the first time this year, held in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906).
According to Code.org, every student in China learns computer programming. In the U.S., less than 5 percent do. Code is considered the “new literacy”:
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