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Governor Signs Bill to Expand Eligibility Requirements to Allow More Retired Law Enforcement Officers to Protect NJ Schools

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Ridgewood NJ, Governor Phil Murphy has signed legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25) to expand the categories of those who are eligible to serve as Class Three officers, a special class of retired-in-good-standing law enforcement officers who provide security at New Jersey’s schools and county colleges.

Bucco was the sponsor of the 2016 law that created class three officers, vastly expanding opportunities for local municipalities to increase school security.

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$111,000,000 Ridgewood School Budget Information

Questions about the 2019-2020 budget may be directed to [email protected]

The vote on the 2019-2020 school budget is Tuesday, April 16, during Spring Recess for the Ridgewood Public Schools. Any registered voter may vote by mail! Please consider doing so, especially if you are unable to get to the polls on School Election Day.

Public presentations
 on the 2019-2020 school budget have been planned, as follows:

Monday, March 18 at George Washington Middle School auditorium at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, March 19 at Benjamin Franklin Middle School auditorium at 7 p.m.

The latest 2019-2020 preliminary budget presentation may be found here.

Voter information
 on how to vote, voting by mail and more, may be found here.

Are you registered to vote? 
Tuesday, March 26 is the deadline to register to vote on the school budget on April 16. Registration forms may be found here.

Vote by mail: 
Download a vote-by-mail application here. The deadline is Tuesday, April 9 to apply by mail.

The Board presentation 
on the 2019-20 Preliminary Assumption Budget was given on February 11, 2019. The slide portion of the presentation may be viewed here.

Court issues opinion on Board of Education election dates
In February a judge ruled that board of education member terms may not be shortened. The full statement may be viewed here

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Reader comments on DOE School Ratings , “false news and schools in Ridgewood were obviously misrepresented in the survey.”

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” Of course you know exactly what Fishbein will say and do, announce it’s all due to “false news and schools in Ridgewood were obviously misrepresented in the survey.” That huge budget increase (look at Glen Rock’s whose scores are almost always well above us and the comparison in budget requests is a complete horror.) “

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Reader comments on college admissions scam , “why is this investigation happening now? It’s not like coaching people to get into schools is a new thing”

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“wealthy parents spread the wealth amongst various service providers (tutors, essay Writers, etc.) to send their kids to school where they’ll spend another $300k on a bachelors degree. Sounds like they are the losers. A better question is, why is this investigation happening now? It’s not like coaching people to get into schools is a new thing. Wouldn’t the same investigators be better used to catch Fentanyl distributors? Just a month ago billionaires were caught paying for sex (what a crime!) and now this. Who’s directing these investigations?”

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NJ Department of Education Grades Ridgewood Schools

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Ridgewood NJ, New Jersey’s latest school grades are out, giving parents in every community a snapshot of what the state thinks of their local schools.The state Department of Education on Tuesday released the new scores, which are graded on a scale of 0-100 and consider standardized test results, graduation rates and other factors. The ratings were established to comply with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which replaced the No Child Left Behind Act.

The system has been very controversial , with critics claiming the ranking system hardly reflects the quality of the education.  

Assemblywomen Holly Schepisi , “Trying to decipher the scoring system used in this new grading system by the State Department of Education. Some of the disturbing trends in the data include that school districts in which the state has made significant financial investments continue to see the lowest scores and in some local communities one grammar school may rank among the lowest while others in the same community are ranked incredibly high. We need to start looking at better and different ways to help our children succeed within our schools. Merely sending additional monies does not seem to be working.”

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Keeping Up With Ridgewood Schools

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Ridgewood NJ, The next Regular Public Meeting of the Ridgewood Board of Education will be held on Monday, March 25, 2019 at the Education Center, 49 Cottage Place, Floor 3 at 7:30 p.m. The meeting will be aired live on television, FiOS channel 33 and Optimum channel 77, and streamed via the “Link in Live” tab on the district website at www.ridgewood.k12.nj.us. Meeting webcasts are generally posted immediately to the district website.
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Ridgewood Schools 2019-2020 $111,646,751 Budget

2019-2020 PROPOSED PRELIMINARY BUDGET
The slide portion of the presentation — reflecting Board-approved financial revisions — may be viewed here.

Following a presentation and discussion, the Board approved a Resolution for adoption of the 2019-2020 Proposed Preliminary Budget for Submission to the Executive County Superintendent of Schools. as follows:

The General Fund Tax Levy is $96,014,943 for the ensuing School Year: (2019-2020).

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March 26 is the deadline for registering to vote in the 2019-20 $111 Million school budget Decision

Are you registered to vote?

Ridgewood NJ, Tuesday, March 26 is the deadline for registering to vote in the April 16, 2019 school election for the 2019-20 school budget.

PLEASE NOTE: The annual school election on Tuesday, April 16 falls during Spring Recess for the Ridgewood Public Schools. Schools will be closed but polls will be open from 6 a.m.- 8 p.m. Or, VOTE BY MAIL! It’s easy! Just send in the application form to the Bergen County Clerk by Tuesday, April 9.

Links to vote-by-mail applications and voter registration forms in various languages may be found on our voter page on the district website at https://www.ridgewood.k12.nj.us/…/distric…/voter_information.

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Ridgewood Schools Will See Big Jump in State Aid for 2020

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Ridgewood NJ, Governor Murphy today announced state school aid funding for his Fiscal Year 2020 budget proposal that provides record levels of support for New Jersey schools.

The Governor’s proposed budget would provide $15.4 billion to support schools, a record level for New Jersey education funding.

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Learn about the Proposed 2019-20 $111,000,000 Ridgewood School Budget

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Ridgewood NJ, Voters! Please come on Monday, March 18 to GWMS or Tuesday, March 19 to BFMS, to learn about the proposed 2019-20 $111,000,000 Ridgewood school budget.

Presentations will be at 7 p.m. The public vote on the budget is Tuesday, April 16. Questions on the budget can be sent to [email protected]