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Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Englewood Public School District Joins the War on the Impoverished!

Earlier this year, Harley Ungar, an EPSD Board Member made a recommendation that any child in need of urgent intervention, as determined by the STAR RENAISSANCE DIAGNOSTIC TOOL, will be mandated to attend summer school. The district decided without a formal resolution and on the recommendation of a Board Member that these children will  be retained if they do not attend this urgent intervention.

There are problems with this:

1. Recommendations come from the Superintendent, not a school Board Member. 

2. We have not had a Superintendent since July 1 of 2011. This was confirmed in a letter dated April 24, 2014 from the Executive County Superintendent. Even without that obvious problem, there are other issues that must be addressed. 

3. Transportation has not been arranged for the children mandated to attend summer school.

5. Parents who do not have cars and depend on the school bus to transport their children during the school year are being punished for their economic status, yet again.

4. STAR RENAISSANCE is not a STATE MANDATED TEST. 

5. The children must be taught basic skills by the classroom teacher and supported by parents at home. The TEST does not teach.

6. Is the child failing the test or is the school failing the child?

We have 7 school buses that sit in the parking lot of Liberty School. Why are these buses NOT being used to transport the children to school?

The Board is set to spend a million dollars on a maintenance shed (which they claim will not be used for maintenance). It is said that this shed/office building/maintenance garage will house the buses, yet these buses will not be used to transport children to a program mandated by the school district. What exactly will these buses be used to do? We have been asking this same question for over 2 years.

There is something inherently wrong in this type of logic. How does the construction of this shed which has 3 bathrooms (2 with outside access), an office, a break room and a bay for maintenance of vehicles improve student achievement? We have a problem with priorities here. At the same time that students at Quarles are slated to be moved into $200,000 trailers, and the Alternative School Students are in a substandard building that costs over $26,000 per month for 12 months out of the year, we are building a million dollar building to house buses. 

Where are the priorities in EPSD?

How are the children?

Saturday, June 21, 2014

WE DEMAND THAT NEW JERSEY INVESTS IN ITS PEOPLE


The War Against Poverty Coalition
Day of Action in Trenton

Thursday, June 26, 2014, 12:00 noon–1:00 p.m.
The State House
125 W State St., Trenton, NJ 08608

WE DID NOT CAUSE THE “BUDGET CRISIS”; WHY SHOULD WE PAY FOR IT?
WE DEMAND AN END TO CORPORATE WELFARE, WE DEMAND SHARED SACRIFICE, WE DEMAND THE REINSTATEMENT OF THE MILLIONAIRES TAX
WE DEMAND THAT NEW JERSEY INVESTS IN ITS PEOPLE:
  • Invest in Social Programs that help all who are struggling in today’s economy!
  • Invest in Public Education!
  • Invest in our Workforce!
Sponsored By:
  • War Against Poverty Coalition
  • People’s Organization for Progress (POP)
  • New Jersey Working Families
  • Industrial Union Council
  • NAACP, Newark Chapter
  • Newark Education Workers (NEW) Caucus
  • NOW-NJ
  • Central Jersey Coalition Against Endless War
  • CWA Local 1081

In Solidarity,
Newark Education Workers Caucus
(NEW Caucus)

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

We already have one Pond!

To our Business Administrator in training and our highly overpaid Operations Manager:


Our children should not have to walk through a pond as they go from one building to another. There are enough problems with the sharing of facilities as it is. Get the storm drains cleared so they will not be forced to walk through a pond every time it rains. It was too much of a detour to get into the North building from the visitor's parking lot.