Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Christie Administration Expands Educational Choice

Christie Administration Expands Educational Choice by Offering Over 6,000 Interdistrict Choice Seats in 107 School Districts
Deadline for Parents to Submit a Letter of Intent to Apply for 2013-14 School Year is November 2

Trenton, NJ - Furthering the Christie Administration's commitment to increasing and improving educational opportunities for children and families, the New Jersey Department of Education announced that more than 6,000 families will be able to select the public school option that best fits their children's needs in the 2013-2014 school year. This fall, with the addition of 40 newly participating districts, 2,787 additional seats are projected to be available through the Interdistrict Choice program

In total, the program, which allows students the option of attending a public school outside their district of residence at no cost to their parents, will offer 6,144 seats across 107 school districts. There are currently 3,357 students in the program in the 2012-2013 school year. The Interdistrict School Choice Program was first signed into law by Governor Christie on September 10, 2010. "The Interdistrict Public School Choice program empowers parents to make the best educational choices for their children allowing them the opportunity to attend a school that best fits their needs and providing them with the best chance for a successful future," Education Commissioner Chris Cerf said. "Additionally, this program also allows districts to maximize enrollment and more efficiently use space in their schools."

 Any student in the state is eligible to enroll in the Interdistrict Choice program, regardless of whether or not their home district is participating.

Transportation of up to 20 miles, or funds to pay for transportation, will be provided by the district of residence to a student going to a choice school. If the school is outside of the 20-mile radius, transportation will be the responsibility of the student, parents or guardians. Parents interested in applying for the Choice program can find more information on the NJDOE's Choice website at

Application forms must be returned to their home district by the November 2, 2012 deadline. Applications may also be obtained by contacting the choice school districts directly. District participation in the program is optional. The decision to apply to participate is made by the local board of education. The district then sends an application to the Department of Education for processing and review.

A list of schools and districts participating in the program can be found here: The choice school sets the number of openings per grade level. If there are more students requesting admission to the school than there are available openings, a lottery is held. Any school-age student who is a resident of New Jersey is eligible to take advantage of this program. Details on the program can be found here:

Monday, August 20, 2012

ARBITRARY & CAPRICIOUS: Capricious & Arbitrary

Was Arbitrary & Capricious Behavior Involved in Abolishing Paraprofessional Positions in the Englewood Public School District? 

This Act Establishes measures to provide employment stability for 
teaching paraprofessionals employed in school districts that receive federal funding under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. 

How are the children? How are the children? How are the.....

Friday, August 17, 2012

2nd Public Hearing In Blackwood, NJ

The Governor’s Education Funding Task Force will hold a second public hearing Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. in Civic Hall on the Camden Community College Blackwood Campus in Blackwood, NJ.  

All members of the public are welcome to attend.
The Education Funding Task Force was established by Executive Order of the Governor in March 2012 to examine those parts of the state’s School Funding Reform Act (SFRA) funding formula that may be susceptible to fraud or subject to outside manipulation in regard to participation in the federal Free and Reduced Price Lunch Program as a proxy for “at-risk” status and the municipal tax abatement programs.  The Executive Order may be found at

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Hello, From The Petri Dish!

Do you tire of being the subject of an experiment?

What can we do other than continue to grow and multiply?

Go to the Doctor!

Take your children to the Doctor.

Fill your prescriptions as far ahead as the plan allows.

Get a physical for yourself and all covered children.

Make sure everyone gets a renewal prescription on glasses.

Make that trip to the Dentist that we all put off to the last minute.

Check those braces and retainers!

You have a limited amount of time to use your medical benefits.

Use them now so that you will have more of a safety net for, "What IF."

Update all things medical.

Make sure that you and your children are okay for the long haul, before you leave the plantation.

Attention Everyone:
Unemployment cannot force you to open your own business.
"Independent Contractors" own their own businesses.
How many of you got help from Delta T in filling out your 1099.

Another thing, worker's compensation is paid by your employer.
You are one or the other. You are either an employee or you are an "independent contractor"
This re-classification is something that is in dispute all the way up
to the federal level as something that may very well be a violation
of your civil rights as a worker.

Read this report and keep the contents in mind when you
search for another job and collect unemployment.

Petri dish (or Petri plate or cell culture dish) is a shallow glass or plastic cylindrical lidded dish that biologists use to culture cells or small moss plants.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Is EPSD Really Firing ALL of the African American Employees?

Rumor is they are trying to cut down on that 

reported $23,000.00 a year per pupil cost by 

firing the rest of the African 

American employees in the district. 

Hello out there! 

Is there any truth to this rumor? 

A lot of people are worried. 

Oh, I forgot, that is your objective. 

Calm down Englewood residents. 

There is a process that must be followed 

when letting people go. 

Do not allow this board to 

rally you 

up in one of their made up 

causes or hissy fits. 

The fact remains that 

they are the only

ones who can fix the mess 

that they have made. 

They also know how to fix it. 

They want you warring with the state of New 

Jersey and with the Teacher's Union. 

I am not a big fan of the state, and I have a 

bone to pick with the Teacher's union, but I

have been watching this little scenario 


Our Board is a run away train.

Did Dr. Carlisle really fire 

Everyone and go off on a trip to the 

Dominican Republic? 

If there is any justice in

the world, 

He has been fired.

The Real Per Pupil Cost!

Remember this post when people complain about how much money is spent to educate the children of Englewood. This might even answer the question of why there is never enough paper, books, or even curriculum. The Board agendas are loaded down with Staff Development Workshops. I would like to see the fruit of those work sessions. At least a product is created at the end of curriculum workshops.

Voters and taxpayers should pay careful attention to what is included in the per student cost when determining the actual amount spent to educate children in their districts. The formula recently changed. Every district's per pupil cost is changing. Does this mean that the per pupil cost for Englewood will now be $30,000.00 per pupil?

"Specifically, the Department added the following expenditures to arrive at the total spending number: transportation, special revenues, pension and benefits paid by the state, facilities (including debt service), equipment, total food services, judgments against the school district, and tuition/costs for students sent out of district (except payments to Charter schools). Consistent with the decision to include tuition for students sent out of district, the associated students are added to the enrollment denominator."

Do you follow that when folks sue the school board that amount is added into the cost per student? No one is factoring this into the equation here in Englewood. We have been sued and lost many a litigation in the past 2 years. Is everyone paying attention now?

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Suggestion Box EPSD: Registration

Dr. Carlisle and Staff,

Please tell Englewood parents and parents new to Englewood where to register for school. They really do need to know.

Englewood Residents: Register your children for school year 2012 - 2013 at Grieco School.  ‎80 Durie Avenue across the street from Winton White Stadiium. The Registrar is a bit gruff. Do not allow her to deter you. Make sure you have all of your ID, several proofs of residence and the child's birth certificate, because they do not make it easy for you.

                            How are the children?

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Petition Closing: Preparing to take it to Trenton

Citizens 4 Public Education and Englewood 

Residents United Are a Force that Cannot and Will

Not Be Ignored. We Have Demanded

Accountability from the Englewood School Board

and Justice for Our Children. We Shall be Granted 

Our Redress! Englewood, Make No Mistake, the 

Struggle is Just Beginning! STAND

Become part of the solution. Bad things happen to 

children when good people do nothing but watch.

What good is that?

On Thursday, the Petition for a Forensic Audit on the Englewood Board of Education will officially close. Friday the electronic copy will be sent to the Comptroller and to Commissioner Cerf. The hard copy will be delivered in person to the School Ethics Commission.

Children all over the world are standing for themselves. Do not allow them to stand alone!

              How are the children?