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Reader suggests it is time for a Larger Board of Education

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” I would love a candidate who thought he or she was a representative for the public and not a rubber stamp for the administration. People don’t run because it means a campaign and some monetary expenditures. I think we need a 7 member Board. I believe we have the smallest board for a District our size. A larger Board might mean some diversity of opinion and each board member would not be liaison to so many committees . Same laison, same opinions, same outcomes. “

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Back to School Shopping? Update Your Emergency Kit Too!

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Ridgewood NJ, It’s that time of year when we head to the stores to pick up those shiny new back to school supplies to get ready for the new school year. As Tropical Storm Dorian heads towards Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands we are also reminded that it’s still hurricane season.

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Drivers in New Jersey MUST stop for pedestrians in a marked crosswalks

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Ridgewood NJ, from the NJ Transit Police , whether you’re a parent, caregiver or student yourself, knowing this law can help to make pedestrian travel safer and save you from fines and points this new school year.

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College Board Backs off plan for SAT student ‘Adversity Score’ or Race Score

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Ridgewood NJ, College Board today announced updates and improvements to Landscape™, previously called the Environmental Context Dashboard. The resource will no longer display a single “score” combining high school and neighborhood information.

College Board is also sharing new details on how Landscape works, including a [Opens in New Window]comprehensive description of the data, methodology, and appropriate usage guidelines that participating colleges must follow. Beginning next year, schools, students, and families will be able to see the same information about high schools and neighborhoods that colleges see.

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Ridgewood Celebrates 125 Years : Cottage Place added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.

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Ridgewood NJ, This year Ridgewood, NJ is celebrating its 125th anniversary! To commemorate the occasion, the Village of Ridgewood is holding a series of events to highlight various moments from the past, and to look forward to our future. On this page we will be posting your favorite memories and experiences. Watch this space for announcements, trivia, and stories about the village’s past, present, and future. 

The building at 49 Cottage Place, was built in 1894 and remains a symbol of Ridgewood’s beginnings. As a result of a growing population accelerated by nearby railroads, Ridgewood needed a newer and larger schoolhouse. The first vote, overwhelmingly positive, called for a wooden building. Town wives convinced their husbands that wood would be unsafe, and the town found enough money to build the current structure, known today as the Education Center. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.

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NJEA PAC Endorses 59 Candidates in Legislative Contests Including Some Republicans

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Ridgewood NJ, The New Jersey Educations Association’s 125-member political action committee (NJEA PAC) voted to endorse 59 candidates for election to the New Jersey General Assembly in the upcoming November election.

“NJEA members have seen the profound impact that political decisions have on their lives and on the lives of their students,” said NJEA President Marie Blistan. “NJEA members have always been active participants in the political process, because we care about our profession and our students. As the burden of Ch. 78 and the lack of job justice for educational support professionals (ESP) make clear, it is more important than ever that we elect candidates who share our priorities and values.”

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Heightened Security at Bergen County Schools

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HARRINGTON PARK NJ, the Harrington Park is staring off the school year by installing bullet-proof doors throughout the schools district. The district has purchased more than 50 of the 150-pound steel doors at a cost of $2500 each.

The district explains that when you turn the lock of the door, 12 steel bars are engaged. This is an added feature to the thick steel construction and bullet-resistant glass.

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Ridgewood Board of Education Public Meeting tonight August 26th, 2019 5:00 PM

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Ridgewood NJ, the Ridgewood Board of Education Public Meeting   will be tonight August 26, 2019 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Education Center, 49 Cottage Place .

At all regular meetings, two opportunities are provided for citizens to make comments. The public comment periods will be scheduled after presentations. or just prior to the end of the meeting, whichever occurs first. The first opportunity may be limited by the presiding officer . in order for the Board to continue with its scheduled agenda. The second opportunity will occur at the discretion of the presiding officer taking into consideration a break point in the agenda.

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A Message from the Ridgewood Superintendent of Schools

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“Summer is quickly coming to an end and the opening day of school, September 3, is nearly here.  We have all been working hard to ensure that our buildings and programs are ready for the first day of school.

Most importantly, on the instructional front our teachers and administrators have been busy writing new curriculum and improving existing curriculum at all grade levels. We have revised K-5 level curricula in English Language Arts, Social Studies and Health. At the Middle School level, we have revised our 6-8 Math, and Band and Orchestra programs. Finally, at Ridgewood High School we have revised 22 courses in the areas of Business, World Languages, Math, Fine and Applied Arts, and Wellness. We also have our new staff in place and are providing them with a four-day orientation so they are ready to go when students arrive.

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Italian American Group Galvanizes Widespread Opposition to NEA Resolution to Eliminate Columbus Day

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Ridgewood NJ, The Italian American ONE VOICE Coalition (“IAOVC”), a nationwide coalition of anti-bias activists, has assembled a Task Force, comprised of a wide array of Italian American organizations, to demand that the National Education Association (“NEA”) overturn its Resolution, passed at the NEA National Convention last month, to eliminate Columbus Day.

“As a former teacher and Italian American I am outraged that the NEA launched this attack on Columbus Day, using their pulpit to poison the minds of children with the overblown, false, non-factual narrative about the history of Columbus,” stated Dr. Manny Alfano, Founder and President of IAOVC. “This is not only an attack on Italian Americans it is an attack against all Western culture, using Columbus as a figurehead. This is Anti-Italian and Anti-American.”

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