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Plan to Squash Public Discourse of Ridgewood Board of Education Policy Falls Apart

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Ridgewood NJ, The home of Ms. Jeanne Thiesen is on the market in Ridgewood this morning, Open House today at 385 Colonial Road.  Looks like her plan to rally the troops and squash the voices of anyone who objected to the BOE’s shenaningans has failed.

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New Jersey Ranks 14th in the 2019’s States with the Most Student Debt

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Ridgewood NJ, With several candidates for the 2020 presidential election proposing the cancellation or refinancing of America’s massive student debt load, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2019’s States with the Most and Least Student Debt as well as accompanying videos.

To determine the states that are friendliest toward student-loan debtors, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 12 key metrics. The data set ranges from average student debt to unemployment rate among the population aged 25 to 34 to share of students with past-due loan balances.   

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Ridgewood Lacrosse Star Jackie Wolak Named National Player of Year

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Ridgewood NJ, Jackie Wolak of Ridgewood named National Lacrosse player of the year. The Notre Dame-bound senior scored 79 goals to go with 42 assists, 135 draw controls, 50 caused turnovers and 106 ground balls. She finished her career, which included two seasons at Saddle River Day , with 492 points and as the New Jersey Player of the Year.

Ridgewood finished ranked No. 6 in the Mid-Atlantic region and No. 11 nationally, according to the Nike/US Lacrosse rankings.

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Eighth grade students from Benjamin Franklin Middle school competed in the Bergen County Brain Busters Competition

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Ridgewood NJ, Eighth grade students from Benjamin Franklin Middle school competed recently in the Bergen County Brain Busters Competition. There were 32 teams competing from 16 middles schools. Second place winners were the BFMS student team of Alex Khalitov, Ryan Cho, Ethan Holden and Tommy Clark. Also participating in the competition were Joonho Oh, Kevin Shen, Sarah Jeong and Zerlina Huang. The student advisor is BFMS Math Teacher Courtney Pfeiffer.

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Special Education Litigation Could Impact Ridgewood Schools

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Ridgewood NJ, The Federal Department of Education has ordered New Jersey to revise their special education due process system within three months.  This comes on the heels of complaints that the system in New Jersey for special education cases takes too long, costs too much money, is biased with some feeling it is biased towards school district and others saying it is biased towards families.

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Ridgewood Takes State Baseball Title!

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Ridgewood NJ,  Ridgewood, one of most successful High Schools in a variety of sports earned its very first-ever state baseball title. The Maroons baseball team won the first state championship in program history by defeating Eastern Regional, 2-1,in the NJSIAA Group 4 final at Veterans Park in Hamilton on Saturday, June 8, 2019.

Senior Sam Favieri started the scoring with an RBI sac fly and finished the game by pitching a perfect seventh inning, for the  Maroons . Both Maroon runs scored on sacrifice flies. Favieri drove in David Kleiman, who led off the game with a single. Then later in the drama-filled sixth inning
Anthony Stephan drove in pinch runner Dan Boucher toad the go a head run. Boucher ran for catcher Brian Skettini, who rolled an infield single between the mound and first, then went first-to-third on the pitcher’s throwing error.

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Ridgewood Board of Education will hold its next Regular Public Meeting on Monday, June 3, 2019

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Ridgewood NJ, The Ridgewood Board of Education will hold its next Regular Public Meeting on Monday, June 3, 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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NJ’s teachers’ pension fund (TPAF) will be bankrupt by 2029

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Ridgewood NJ, according to Garden State Initiative the NJ’s teachers’ pension fund (TPAF) will be bankrupt by 2029 & Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS) by 2034.

There is a current unfunded liability of $41 billion in the TPAF & PERS pension funds for teachers and state employees that will rise to $51 billion in 2023.

This is unsustainable for New Jersey taxpayers who are facing a fiscal cliff of tax increases to pay for public employee pensions. Reform is needed. Now.