NEWARK - Standing in front of historic Weequahic High School, South Ward Councilman and Newark Mayoral candidate Ras Baraka on Friday denounced the proposed public school reorganization plan as out of touch and a violation of the will of the community.
"It is interesting how folks are saying that this is about choice because it's about anything but choice," Baraka said. "We are creasting a program here in the city of Newark that is pitting charter school parents versus traditional public school parents. All of us are victimized by this plan."
Baraka was reacting to proposals by the Newark Schools Superintendent's Office that surfaced this week, which reportedly include the shutting-down or alteration of dozens of schools throughout the city in an attempt to reform and realign the Newark Public Schools System. Part of those plans includes the replacement of public schools with charter schools.Read More >
Gov. Chris Christie talks a good tough guy game, but when it comes to relations with the press, he has nothing on the late Harold Hoffman.
There’s a trio of bills right now that would KO the dangerous street game called Knockout, legislation that unfortunately for one ink stained wretch wasn’t around when Hoffman was governor.
Published reports say the corpulent Hoffman flattened the reporter with one blow.
A clean kayo.
And decidedly less clean than this week’s Winners and Losers…Read More >
TRENTON – The disturbing trend of assaults known as “knockout’’ games continues to spur lawmakers to introduce measures to combat it.
Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr. has introduced a bill to criminalize the recording or distribution of such assaults, in which someone attempts to knock a victim out with one punch or kick.Read More >
A plan by the Newark Schools Superintendent to close Weequahic High School and alter other Newark public schools and replace them with charter schools has some residents hopping mad.
The issue has landed in the middle of a fast intensifying mayor's race where South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka has the double edge of serving as the principal of Central High School.
According to documents obtained by PolitickerNJ.com, in addition to Weequahic, the Newton School is also slated for closure, and Shabazz and West Side will get buzzed.
Candidates in the mayor's race fret about process and the lack of parental involvement, while perennial students of Newark history worry about the shuttering of Weequahic, the alma mater of celebrated novelist Philip Roth.Read More >
TRENTON – Trenton Democratic legislators cheered the news that the agency in charge of overseeing repairs at the state’s most run-down schools will have new leadership.
But whether new leadership at the Schools Development Authority will mean progress for the dilapidated structure known as Trenton Central High School remains to be seen, they said.Read More >
Assembly Speaker-elect Vincent Prieto (D-32) on Friday announced Steve Gardner will serve as the Assembly Majority Office’s executive director, Mary Alice Messenger as Chief of Staff to the Speaker in Trenton and Cosmo Cirillo as a senior advisor to the Speaker.
The moves are effective when the Assembly reorganizes on Jan. 14.Read More >
The numbers are in the north.
It’s an undeniable truth any New Jersey politician or gubernatorial hopeful will have to contend with if someone south of the state’s North-South divide throws their hat in the ring for the governor’s seat following Gov. Chris Christie’s departure (whenever that may be).
Nowhere is the divide more exemplified in New Jersey than within the state’s Democratic Party.
South Jersey, although unified and in control of the largest voting bloc in the state Legislature, lacks the sheer volume the north holds when it comes to casting ballots. The roadblock means future hopefuls will have to navigate carefully if they hope to grab onto the seat a South Jersey pol hasn’t held in nearly two decades.Read More >
Zhifei Li, the owner of an antique business in China, pleaded guilty today to organizing an illegal wildlife smuggling conspiracy in which 30 rhinoceros horns and numerous objects made from rhino horn and elephant ivory worth more than $4.5 million were smuggled from the United States to China.Read More >
Christie on bridge controversy: ‘I know you guys are obsessed with this, I’m not’ TRENTON – There’s “no doubt” in Gov. Chris Christie’s mind that the controversy over lane closures on the George Washington Bridge is being used by New Jersey Democrats as partisan game. “Inside the Statehouse there’s...
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By Christopher Durkin Many New Jersey lawmakers have fought to make it easier to vote. And there has been considerable progress in terms of voter access and information. Voter registration has been made easier, with forms available online that... Read More >
"I know you guys are obsessed with this. I'm not." - Gov. Chris Christie on the George Washington Bridge story.- PolitickerNJ.com
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