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New Jersey Charter Schools Association attacks First Amendment rights

Cross-posted at Marie Corfield. Promoted by Rosi.

Screen Shot 2015-01-11 at 11.17.09 AMWhen the facts aren’t on your side…

When you’re up against the wall…

When you’ve been caught with your hand in the cookie jar…

You take the cheap shot.

That’s what the New Jersey Charter Schools Association did last week when they filed ethics charges against Rutgers Professor Julia Sass Rubin who, along with doctoral student Mark Weber (aka. Jersey Jazzman) published this study on the segregationist practices of the state’s charter schools which concludes what we already knew (from JJ’s post):

New Jersey’s charter schools do not serve nearly as many children in economic disadvantage, who have special education needs, or who are English language learners as their host districts’ schools.

Here’s the crux of the NJCSA’s complaint:

Bonnie Watson Coleman & Donald Payne Jr.: On the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Today is the anniversary of one of the most important pieces of legislation in the country’s history, signed this day in 1964 by LBJ. One that never would have happened without the determination and labor of millions of people – most of whose names history didn’t note – for education, voting rights, the workplace and in the everyday realm of getting around in the places where people live. Among those who helped move a president were college students who stood up for what’s right so others could sit down, and even the children of Birmingham, Alabama, who showed determination, leadership, and bravery.

The only two statements that arrived in our inbox were both from African Americans, from Bonnie Watson Coleman who if elected will become the first black woman New Jersey has ever sent to Congress, and from Rep. Donald Payne Jr.

It’s a shame nobody else took notice of the significance of the day. And that it looks like only NJ black leaders with their eyes on national history did. I hope somebody proves that wrong. And if I see other statements – or you do – I’ll update. Till then, Bonnie and Rep. Payne own this post:  

The SL Editorial Board Strikes Again

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It is hard to wrap my mind around the levels of hypocrisy demonstrated in the latest Star Ledge editorial.

In support of Assemblyman Burzichelli's bill to ban fee based extracurricular activities in public schools, the Star Ledger board starts with sympathy for the families paying these fees, “With shrinking average incomes and stubborn unemployment, how much can these families be expected to spend?” 

Well, gee, these are the same people the SL editorial board told to go vote for Christie, the Governor who gave many districts an increase of $1.00 in state aid last year while requiring expensive new teacher evaluation systems and preparing for high tech, high stakes standardized tests. It seems to me the SL should have thought about this before November 5th.


Dr. King, Gov. Christie, and Segregation

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It’s amazing to think that if Dr. King’s life had not come to a tragic end, he might have still been with us today. Yesterday would have been his 82nd birthday. No doubt he would not be silent.

Recently, I was talking with a pastor who marched with Dr. King. He told us that when he heard Gov. Christie’s rhetoric on local rights to ban certain people from their community, it sounded a lot like the states rights rhetoric of Southern politicians who resisted the Civil Rights Movement:

“I’ve always believed municipalities should be able to make their own decisions on affordable housing, without being micromanaged and second-guessed from Trenton.”

– Chris Christie, on abolishing the independent Council on Affordable Housing and placing it under his direct control (which we at Fair Share Housing are currently challenging in court).

“Let the poll tax be repealed, if it should be, at the proper place. We have not yet come to the state of affairs in Georgia where we need the advice of those who would occupy the position of the carpetbagger and the scalawag of the days of Reconstruction to tell us how to handle our internal affairs.”

– Sen. Richard Russell of Georgia, opposing federal legislation on voting rights.

Newark Discrimination Part 2

A person knows when a nerve has been hit when the person finds themselves being “twittered” with certain followers.  Now I can add Cory Booker, the Mayor of Newark to my list.  How thrilling!  How wonderful!  How- mmmm!

So let’s continue with the De facto segregation in Newark- Newark public schools are under State control.  NJ State has de facto segregation occurring in Newark.  You would think that the State would want to do something about that, wouldn’t you?

However we are talking about the state where its governor appeared to want to follow in the same footsteps of what the Governors of PA and NY had tried to do by limiting/removing any proof of legitimate Native Americans from existing in the state.  However, NY and PA failed miserably to accomplish that attempt and NJ will soon be joining them.

So because our Governor appears to have no qualms about removing two legitimate tribes from the annuals of NJ history and replacing them with apparent usurpers, of course NJ wouldn’t want to address the apparent de facto segregation of Newark Schools.

What amazes me is that none of the liberal progressive people reading this diary seem in any way perturbed by such a revelation.  If this were the 60s or 70s, there would have been such a cry of outrage that it would have shaken the walls of congress.

But there is no reaction!  Nothing!  De Nada! Have New Jersey’s die hard liberals become politically correct rather than morally and ethically correct?  Any one with an ounce of brains understands that when being “politically correct”,that the masses suffer in the end!  

We Have De facto Segregagtion In Newark and everyone is blithely going about their business worrying about an election.

Yes, the election is very important, depending upon which side you are on and who is your candidate of choice.

But there are thousands of children trapped in segregated schools run by the State and no one is screaming for an investigation?  

I have a serious problem with the conservatives, liberals, and moderates in NJ.  I am a die hard democrat but I find the fact that there is segregation being allowed to exist in NJ and not one politician and/or liberal is asking for a federal investigation kind of makes you wonder just what has the democratic party turned into in NJ?

This isn’t a false statement being made.  Most of the African American students in Newark are attending failing schools, while the Hispanic and Portuguese are attending better schools. That’s segregation folks- You know, keeping the “blacks” down so other groups can improve?

Unfortunately, there is very little that the current Mayor can do about this as Newark has no control over their schools and this falls under the purview of the State.

However, I would suggest that Booker grow a pair of “you know what” and blaze a new trail.  One where he gets before microphones and says “that the State of NJ has established de facto segregation within  Newark and it must be addressed at the federal level!”  That takes a certain amount of guts and courage.

That takes a Mayor who loves his city and its citizens more than he loves having a political career.  It takes someone who truly believes in the “civil rights” of people to take a stand.

It may take the people of Newark, themselves, to stop the de facto segregation because it is very obvious that its elected officials appear to care more about their political futures than the future of Newark’s children.  But that wouldn’t be the first time that parents have to rally to protect the civil rights of their children in Newark- It’s happened before and it will  probably have to happen again.

By the way, segregation helps to guarantee the continuation of gangs!  Just thought you’d like that tidbit.  Another thought.  If the State of NJ is receiving Federal funds for integration of its city schools and it is receiving funds for Newark- that is a serious problem because the Federal funds are not being spent correctly.

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