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Reader says,”The very fact that students presumably got a break on their grades by merely buying a ticket is horrible”

“How did May 22 determine that “there was no selling of grades”? Did they actually check with the students in that class or the teacher him/herself? Many above responses were in the line of “So what?” and stating this was a common practice in the schools. The very fact that students presumably got a break on their grades by merely buying a ticket is horrible. The whole concept is totally wrong but if you are actually doing these kind of things regularly–and as above writers stated “The student accomplished a learning experience for which they should get raises in their grades because they did something educational”–without a sign in and sign out sheet, how can anyone know they were actually there? After reading this column it is easy to see how those who were rich enough could see no wrong in buying their child’s way into college. It started young by “buying grades” in earlier school situations. I do admit that many students have bought their way into many schools by their parents buying a building or making a huge contribution to the school in which entrance is desired. I see no way to stop this but paying someone to “get the student into the school” was obviously set up by someone who wanted to pocket the money rather than having it go directly to the schools. Where our son went to school the Chairman of the board was the head of a huge corporation and had 5 children–4 of whom went to that school but the 5th was turned down as the school felt she would be unable to keep up with the requirements. Where is that honesty today? “

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Fallout Continues from Ridgewood Schools Extra Credit Purchase Scandal

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RIDGEWOOD NJ , just weeks after a nationwide college admissions scandal rocked some of the country , a Ridgewood  mom has stepped forward to claim a local teacher offered extra credit points to students for money.

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Ridgewood Board of Education Meets Monday, April 29, 2019 49 Cottage Place 7:30 p.m.

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Ridgewood NJ, The Ridgewood Board of Education will hold its next Regular Public Meeting on Monday, April 29, 2019. The Board meets at the Education Center, 49 Cottage Place, Floor 3 at 7:30 p.m.

The public is welcome to attend the meeting, or to watch from home on Fios channel 33 or Optimum channel 77. Meetings are also streamed via the “BOE Webcast” tab on the district website at www.ridgewood.k12.nj.us.

Meeting webcasts are immediately available on the district website.

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Reader asks , “Has identity politics come to this, where being a boy is now a special needs category? “

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” Has identity politics come to this, where being a boy is now a special needs category? Yes classroom learning seems better suited to the female temperament and the disproportionate success of girls in K-12 proves that out. I was one of those boys who hated school, cut classes, treated it as a joke. I grew out of it. Most do. Let’s not dumb the system down any further to coddle to boys. “

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Reader says , “There’s too much talk about diversity and inclusion and less about discipline and competence”

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The rankings measure how well the competition does, as well as Ridgewood school district. Without proper analysis, one can’t assume the drop in Ridgewood rankings is due to declining quality. It could just be other schools started to deliver better performance than before.

I am concerned about indoctrination in the school system though. There’s too much talk about diversity and inclusion and less about discipline and competence.

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Reader says , “I will vote NO not only because I am not convinced it is being allocated and spent wisely but also because I see some suspicious people with ties to past controversial VC who are pushing a YES”

” I will vote NO not only because I am not convinced it is being allocated and spent wisely but also because is see some suspicious people with ties to past controversial VC who are pushing a YES in local FB pages and doing it very actively. They have their personal reasons for this which do not resonate with mine.
Somebody last night recommended a YES vote so that our property values remain high. If this is correct then we are living in a bubble which will burst with sh!t all over the place. “

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Ridgewood School Board Faces “No Confidence” Vote Over $111 Million Budget

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Ridgewood NJ, The countdown to the School Election is underway! Next Tuesday, April 16, Ridgewood voters will cast their ballots on next year’s school budget. Schools will be closed for Spring Recess but the polls will be open from 6 a.m.-8 p.m.

This the school board that puts their own interests above that of the students or the taxpayers , using taxpayer money to circumvent the community by extending their terms till 2020 .

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Five Ridgewood High School students acceptanced to the 2019 All State Orchestra

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Ridgewood NJ ,Congratulations to the following Ridgewood High School orchestra students for their acceptance to the 2019 All State Orchestra:

All State High School Orchestra:
Isabel Lee, violin (9)
Ryan Rhew, violin (11)
Eric Baw, violin (9)
Ashley Kim, violin (9)
Daniel Son, viola (11)

All State Intermediate Orchestra:
David Mo, violin (9)

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RHS Student in Finals in Adolescent Immunization Awareness Contest

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Ridgewood NJ, A Ridgewood High School student’s video is a finalist in an annual contest by Potect Me With 3+ . The contest is designed to help encourage adolescent immunization awareness.

Nicole Kye’s entry is a 30 second public service announcement encourages people to get a vaccine against human papillomavirus. Kye created the video and entered it into the Protect Me With 3+ contest.

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Resolution for Adoption of the $111,000,000 2019-2020 Ridgewood School Budget for Submission to the Executive County Superintendent of Schools

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Ridgewood NJ, Approval: Resolution for Adoption of the 2019-2020 Budget for Submission to the Executive County Superintendent of Schools The Ridgewood Board of Education, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, approves the following resolution: BE IT RESOLVED, that the Ridgewood Board of Education approves the 2019-2020 school district budget, as follows, for submission to the Executive County Superintendent of Schools: Dr. Fishbein Budget Tax Levy General Fund $107,043,634 $96,014,943 Special Revenue Fund $ 1,467,567 $ 0 Debt Service Fund $ 3,138,550 $ 2,869,732 Total Budget $111,649,751 $98,884,675

The district has proposed programs and services in addition to the Core Curriculum Content Standards adopted by the State Board of Education. Information on this budget and the programs and services it provides is available from the school district.

There should be raised for the General Fund Tax Levy $96,014,943 for the ensuing School Year: (2019-2020). The General Fund includes $300,000 which is to be withdrawn from Emergency Reserve. CAPITAL RESERVE STATEMENT OF PURPOSE Included in budget line 620, Budgeted Withdrawal from Capital Reserve – Excess Cost & Other Capital Projects, is $1,300,000 for the following construction projects: • Renovation of Four Bathrooms at BFMS and GWMS • Replacement of Stadium Turf Field at RHS • Districtwide Parking Lot Paving • Repairs to the BFMS Track Pole Vault & Javelin Areas