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Democracy for Paterson? Meh…

Like a father reluctant to hand over the keys to his 17-year-old, ACTING Education Commissioner Chris Cerf says the people of Paterson just aren’t ready to run their own schools yet:

The state’s top education official brushed aside an ambitious proposal from the school board Monday that sought to end state control of the district by the fall.

Acting Education Commissioner Christopher Cerf said the city should manage its own schools, but such a rapid transition would not be in the best interest of the district’s students.

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Under state control, the board can act only as an advisory body to the superintendent.

Board member Jonathan Hodges expressed concern about low scores reflecting poorly on the board when the state is ultimately in control of the schools.

Cerf acknowledged the state’s failure, saying “the state did not effectively discharge its duty to the children of Paterson.” [emphasis mine]

Got that? Cerf says the state has done a poor job of running Paterson’s schools, but he still doesn’t want to give up control. Apparently, there are ambitious new plans for the city’s schools under the Christie administration.

Well, how’s that going?

The Canadians are coming!! The Canadians are coming!!

How did this slip through the cracks?

In a political move that received little if any attention by the American news media, the United States and Canada entered into a military agreement on February 14, 2008, allowing the armed forces from one nation to support the armed forces of the other nation during a domestic civil emergency, even one that does not involve a cross-border crisis, according to a police commander involved in homeland security planning and implementation.

A warning from Nutley Police Dept’s (and 21 year Navy vet) Lt. Steven Rodgers:

“This is a military plan that’s designed to bypass the Posse Comitatus Act that traditionally prohibited the US military from operating within the borders of the United States. Not only will American soldiers be deployed at the discretion of whomever is sitting in the Oval Office, but foreign soldiers will also be deployed in American cities.”

This new agreement  is designed to be in place for emergencies, but our government has a history of manufacturing “emergencies” as an excuse to use military force. This looks like a very bad idea. Any experts want to chime in?