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Monday, September 18, 2017

Introducing Dr. Dierdre Glenn Paul, School Board Candidate

Shall we talk?
I am Dr. Dierdre Glenn Paul. I am full professor at Montclair State University where I have worked for 24 years. I am a teacher educator; a published author of 4 books and multiple journal articles; and a former New York City public school teacher. I am result-oriented, as well.
Other facts about me include: I am a divorced, single mom who raised 2 adult children alone. I am a daughter, a breast cancer survivor, a homeowner, an active member of St. Cecilia’s, an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., and a tough and resourceful African American woman.

Most importantly, I am someone who cares deeply about education and children. I understand that, regardless of race, ethnicity or the amount of money you may have, there’s one thing that binds all parents/caregivers. We all love our children and want to see them do better in life than we have.

As a member of the Englewood School Board, I will be available to you to talk about any school-related concern you might have or meet with any group that is focused on improving the quality of education Englewood students receive. You will feel heard. And I will be responsive to your needs. In those instances where we disagree, I will be honest with you…sooner rather than later.
We all know that quality preschool and early literacy instruction set children on the path to academic success. In fact, they are the great equalizers. Even when the conditions for academic success aren’t present in children’s homes, quality preschool and early literacy instruction give them the boost needed to keep up with their classmates. So, I will fight to make our recently-approved preschool expansion work.

I have also spoken to several parents of children with special needs. In most instances, they are unhappy about the services their children are receiving. That’s the reason that I will be focused on making sure that this group of the most vulnerable students receive the accommodations that are legally required and will lead to successful learning opportunities for them.

Lastly, a failing school system is costly to taxpayers. It is common knowledge that a high-quality school system draws new residents to a town or city. Conversely, a failing school system does the opposite. Until we get our schools working effectively, downtown Englewood will continue to bleed ratables and young families will continue to flock to other towns with better school systems. As a result, there will be more and bigger tax hikes like the one received this year and more reductions in direct school aid.

The success or continued failure of our public schools impacts everyone and needs all of us working together. Thank you for your time. 

"Englewood voters, I am asking for your confidence and your vote on November 7th, Election Day." Dr. Dierdre Glenn Paul

Look for my name in Column 7 
on your Nov. 7th Election Ballot

Ed.D., Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY; M.Ed., Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY; M.Ed., Lehman College, City University of New York, Bronx, NY; BA, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
Read Alouds, Presentations, Workshops, Forums and Panel Discussions
Presenter, PARCC: An underfunded mandate. Testimony delivered before the NJ Assembly Budget and Appropriations Committee Hearing, Paterson, NJ, March 18, 2015.

Presenter, PARCC: An underfunded mandate. Testimony delivered before the NJ Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee Hearing, Paramus, NJ, March 10, 2015.
Coordinator with Pastor Jovan Davis, Lucy Walker, Alva Fogle, Sharon Bernstein on the inaugural READ OUT ENGLEWOOD Family Forum, September 12, 201
Facilitated Englewood Children’s Book Donation from Read to Know, September 2015

Participated in Planning of Englewood’s School Survival Summit, June 14, 2014

Read Aloud Presenter, with children at Bergen Family Center & Quarles Early Childhood Center

Presenter, Advancing Understandings about Managing the Achievement Dilemma. Delivered for Englewood, NJ Elementary School Teachers. Lincoln School, Englewood, NJ. March 7, 2005.
Presenter, Advancing Understandings about Managing the Achievement Dilemma. Delivered for Englewood, NJ Middle School Teachers. Janis Dismus Middle School, Englewood, NJ. March 7, 2005.

Presenter, The achievement gap: What is it and how can it be closed? Delivered to Englewood Board of Education Task Force on Affirmative Action, Englewood, NJ, January 13, 2005.

Keynote Speaker, Creating Enthusiasm for Summer Reading: A Parent/Caregivers’ Guide. First Baptist Church of Englewood, Englewood, NJ. June 2003.

Presenter, Developing a Home-School Partnership-The Parent’s Perspective. Passaic Community College. Paterson, NJ. June 2001.

Presenter, What Does the Bush Education Plan Really Mean for Black Parents? Kente Cultural Center. New London, CT. February 2001.

Presenter, Multicultural education/Anti-bias curriculum. White Plains Child Day Care Association Inc. White Plains, NY. November 1999.

Presenter, Literacy Development and Long Distance Parenting. Bergen County Jail. July 1999.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Politicians, Stop Throwing Our Children Under The Bus

This is what happens when politicians interfere in the workings of the Public Schools. You know who you are. Politicians and those who keep you in office, who have been meddling with no experience in education or know how since the sixties, should stand down. The downturn in the District came with you. So stop it.
It is time to let the professionals do the jobs they were hired to do. Those of us who have been watching since the late 1960s know that you have high expectations for some and NO EXPECTATIONS for others. The un-certified staff and all the rest fall on your shoulders. You Politicians created the GAP that has made a focus school of our high school. Your "Outsource" tactics have added to the crippling of the District.
Have a retreat. Give the Superintendent some viable goals and objectives for the School District, making student achievement of all students priority. Stop stacking the deck like the Trumpish Mayor has done with the Democratic Municipal Committee. Leave the Superintendent alone and let him succeed or fail. Stop being Trumpish Huttles, both of you. If he does not achieve the goals, then let him go. Your con man minion should stand down in his attempts to run the District. In the last 15 years, he and his buds have run it into the ground. You know it. We know it.
This is also what happens when School Board Members operate as an employment agency for friends and relatives. When School Board Members have been in control for nearly 15 years and run the schools, the blame rests on them and the ones who put them in place and keep them there. They and you are the ones responsible. It is all part of the dumbing down of the District. Our children can learn, but it seems that you can't.
When few have faith that ALL children can learn, strange and sometimes illegal shit goes on to make the District look good. Englewood is suffering from a serious identity crisis. (Teach the children in front of you and stop favoring the ones you import into our failing school system.) This is embarrassing in so many ways. It is also infuriating, because the real culprits are sitting pretty without a single blemish. The Board of Education is not innocent in this. They and the Politicians who pretend they take no part and are autonomous are the Custodians of failure. How many of their children are sitting in Saturday classes? Supporters of the Board leaders are not innocent in this. You know who you are and it is time to back the F off of our Public School district. Any child who has not done what is required should be retained. Any child... Any adult responsible should be dismissed. It is as simple as that ...
And how are the children?.....The headline says it........Stop throwing our children under the bus!…/…/nj_high_school_screwed_up_and_now_home

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Are Public Schools Across the US in Crisis?

House Bill 610 has been introduced.
This bill will effectively start the school voucher system to be used by children grades K-12 and starts the defunding process of public schools.

In addition the bill will eliminate the Elementary and Education Act of 1965, which is the nation's educational law and provides equal opportunity in education.

ESSA is a comprehensive program that covers programs for struggling learners,

AP classes,

ESL classes,

classes for minorities such as Native Americans,

Rural Education,

Education for the Homeless,

School Safety (Gun-Free schools),

Monitoring and Compliance and Federal Accountability Programs.

The Bill also abolishes the Nutritional Act of 2012 (No Hungry Kids Act) which provides nutritional standards in school breakfast and lunch. For our most vulnerable, this may be the ONLY nutritious food they have in a day.

The bill has no wording whatsoever protecting special needs kids, no mention of IDEA and FAPE.

Some things ESSA does for Children with Disabilities
-Ensures access to the general education curriculum.
-Ensures access to accommodations on assessments.
-Ensures concepts of Universal Design for Learning
-Includes provisions that require local education agencies to provide evidence-based
interventions in schools with consistently underperforming subgroups.
-Requires states in Title I plans to address how they will improve conditions for learning, including reducing incidents of bullying and harassment in schools, overuse of discipline practices and reduce the use of adverse behavioral interventions (such as restraints and seclusion).

Please call your representative and ask him/her to vote NO on House Bill 610 (HR 610) introduced by three Republican reps.

PLEASE copy and paste, don't just share. That limits it to friends we have in common. Thank you.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

The Candidate Speaks

Just in case  you missed the Candidate's forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters  Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Presented here are the Opening and Closing Statements of EPSD School Board Candidate Bill Feinstein....I was impressed

Good evening, I would like to thank the League of Women Voters for hosting this debate and for all of you for coming out tonight.

William (Bill) Feinstein 

I was raised in Englewood and proud alumni of the Englewood Public Schools.  I am running for the Englewood School Board so that we may continue the positive direction that our district has been moving and to ensure EVERY child is receiving the BEST well rounded education possible.

Over the last year the district has introduced a number of positive initiatives. 
  • The implementation of new technology, including Genesis which provides direct access for parents and students to get up to date educational data including homework assignments, lesson plans and grades. 
  • The district has established Partnerships with local colleges & universities giving our students the opportunity to earn up to 30 college credits by the time they graduate Dwight Morrow High School. 
  • The curriculum has been revamped, providing consistency and a smooth transition from one grade to the other and the soon to be introduced APP called the Footsteps2brillance that will be available early next year and free for every city resident to help parents give their children a head start before even entering school.
  • There have also been policies implemented to provide more checks and balances related to financial controls, resulting in over a million dollars in savings to the district. 
  • Test scores have always been and must continue to be a focus.  During last month’s Board of Education meeting the superintendent presented the results of the 2015-2016 PARCC. While the scores are still not where they need to be, the district is showing positive signs with year over year improvement.   We must continue to evaluate our current programs to ensure each is providing the required and necessary results.  
As a board member and policy maker my number one priority will be to ensure we are Providing EVERY child with the BEST education to prepare them for success.    
While doing that, we must also balance the interests of all stakeholders including, Our Students & Parents, our Teachers & Administrators and The Englewood Taxpayer.  I look forward to your questions and to discuss the future of the Englewood Public Schools.

Thank You.

Closing Statement

Devry Pazant, Bill Feinstein, Jeff  Carter
Again, thank you to the league for sponsoring this event, I’d like to thank my fellow candidates and thank the audience for attending and your questions tonight.
On Tuesday November 8th, the voters of Englewood will need to make a very important decision. Who will the next three school board trustees be?

If you believe we must continue in the positive direction we have seen over the last year? Your only choice is Pazant , Carter, Feinstein.

If you support a strong Englewood Public School system that includes operating with integrity, accountability and transparency?

Your only choice is Pazant, Carter, Feinstein.

If you believe that school board members must be properly trained and attend all training required under the law?
Your only choice is Pazant, Carter, Feinstein.

If you believe that ALL kids’ education matters? 
Your only choice is Pazant, Carter, Feinstein.

As you enter the voting booth, ask yourself this question. If you have a winning horse in the race, would you choose to change jockeys? If your answer is no
Then Your only choice on November 8th is Pazant, Carter, Feinstein.

I respectfully ask for your vote to support myself, Mr. Pazant and Mr. Carter.
Ballot positions 3,4,5 on Tuesday November 8th.

Thank you

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

All Mothers Matter, But All Mothers Do Not Know Best!

All Mothers Matter,
All Mothers do not always know best......
Did you forget that you pushed for Outsourcing?

Did you conveniently forget that over 109 people lost
their jobs, 32 of whom had promises of employment signed
by the Superintendent and the Board of Education?
Did you even check the addresses of houses where
you left off your blue and white signs paid for by the same
people who financed "Outsourcing"?
Does it bother you at all that you are leaving signs in the yards
of people that you got fired?

You are asking the same families that your actions tore apart to put "you" on the Board of Education.
At least 2 of the "Mothers who know best" worked very hard getting the Secretaries and Paraprofessionals fired.
I was told to my face that, "the secretaries and Paraprofessionals are a group of unmarried women with children who have the nerve to be in a Union." That quote was uttered by one of your sponsors.
I was right there watching you with my camera and videotape.

Englewood Residents. how much more "Outsourcing" can this District swallow?
Do you have your questions ready for meet the Candidates?

Vote like you remember .............