Weekend News Roundup & Open Thread for Dec. 3-4, 2011
December 4, 2011Uncategorized
Christie lies out-of-state for Romney. (PolitiFact)
Star-Ledger likes the Christie plan of backing away from ‘the war on drugs’ and incarceration, in favor of treatment.
Multimillion dollar runoff basin project to start next month.
APP finds NJ hasn’t done its homework on charters, and it’s time for the state to reassess its positions
In the 14 years NJ’s had charters, it still cannot (or will not) evaluate their effectiveness, and cannot demonstrate that expanding them is a benefit. That suggests Christie’s contention that ‘school choice’ is the answer to improving urban ed is political philosophy, not sound research. Vouchers? Failed to achieve sustained success, and open the door to privatization and parochialization & decreased accountability. Before signing off on vouchers, the Legislature should require the Dept. of Ed to provide assessment of how and where vouchers have worked. And it should be noted many better-performing charters have fewer special needs students, fewer kids not proficient in English, and fewer low-income kids. Is that the case in NJ? State either doesn’t know, or won’t release that info.
Tom Moran talks to a school superintendent who wants to end tenure
But of course it’s more complicated than that.
Many NJ school board members have not complied with law requiring background checks
Roughly 1/3 have not. Have yours?
Can Reporters Count?
Any minute now Christie will condemn the kids at the voucher rally, right? Right?
Campaign season is back in full swing in Bergen County. (Charlie Stile)
The composition of Bergen County law enforcement could become a hot topic in coming weeks, with the expected release of a report commissioned by County Exec Kathleen Donovan, but behind-the-scenes maneuvering began months ago.
Sweet story of the day
23-year-old combat vet gets an official welcome home in Cherry Hill after 9 months in Iraq – that is, after a few days R & R in AC.
Bonus story: Elizabeth girl will be able to receive bone marrow transplant from Salvadoran sister (Bob Braun)
Christie added just over $1B more to NJ’s debt, but his admin is borrowing money at a slower rate than governors before him.
NJ towns turn to staff cuts and higher fees.
Jobs & Taxes #2: Christie vetoes suburban school aid, then complains about it.
NJ loses 40% of 4-yr college students.
Assemblyman Gary Schaer demands probe of Port Authority’s toll-hike discrepancy.
House Agriculture Committee to subpoena Jon Corzine: Vote was unanimous to compel his testimony at a hearing next week.
What will he say?
Christie Whitman backs effort to put a bipartisan ticket on the presidential ballot.
Whitman quits the Republican Party.
Veterans Recall December 7, 1941
A war story from Frank Lautenberg, one of only 3 WWII veterans remaining in Congress.