A controversial resolution to approve the administration’s plan for a STEM high school next to Liberty Science Center was approved last night over the vociferous objections of the overwhelming majority of public speakers.
It’s hard to deny the initial allure of the mayor’s plan to build Liberty Science Center High School, a $45 million “state-of-the-art” facility that would “offer skill-centric science, technology, engineering, and math classes for 400 science-talented high school students in grades 9–12.”
Mayor Steven Fulop and his city council nemesis Councilman-at-Large Rolando Lavarro sparred yesterday over the mayor’s plan to fund the operation of a new “state-of-the-art” public high school adjacent to Liberty Science Center.
In an interview on CNN today, Gov. Phil Murphy said New Jersey will probably pause its reopening plans as Covid-19 cases begin to rise again in the state.
It took the Jersey City Board of Education five attempts to approve a budget for the 2021-22 school year. After spontaneous motions for funding arrangements outside the proposed budget failed, the board approved by a 5-4 vote the $827,401 budget presented by Superintendent of Schools Franklin Walker, which officials and activists say comes the closest to full funding the district has had in a decade.
The Jersey City Board of Education has until tomorrow to decide whether to approve a $681 million budget that fully funds the city’s public schools and raises the school tax levy by $103.7 million.
He was here for just 15 months but the impact Jeffrey Trzeciak had as director of the Jersey City Public Library will likely be felt far longer. That was the theme of an outpouring of plaudits from colleagues and patrons alike voiced at Tuesday night’s meeting of the JCPL Board of Trustees, marked by the director’s last official appearance.
As Jersey City Public School students hit the 100-day mark of attending classes remotely, many frustrated parents called into the virtual Board of Education meeting Thursday pleading for in-person schooling for their children. As long as the district’s plans are successful, teachers and students will be able to enter school buildings in April.
For all the fanfare surrounding Friday’s guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on how to reopen schools nationwide, New Jersey’s famous home rule still appears the prevailing guidance when it comes to public education in this state.
Education chief hears of need for special effort to get public education back on track.