Education

May 7, 2021

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Members of the community demanded the Board of Education (BOE) conduct a thorough investigation into mistreatment allegations described in a letter from Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds Robert Kelley in Wednesday’s BOE meeting.  The letter refers to a “years-long pattern of ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ  – Frances Aboushi will be recommended as Principal of Bradford Elementary School at the May 5 Board of Education public meeting, officials announced. Aboushi, currently Assistant Principal at Glenfield Middle School, is expected to begin transitioning to her new role on May 6. An ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - Following a groundswell of support for an elected Board of Education in Montclair, Mayor Sean Spiller broke his silence on Thursday. He stated that he is in support of whichever method the residents decide is best. Spiller said, "I have the utmost confidence in the judgement of ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ – Sean Spiller, a former President-elect of the NJEA and current Mayor of Montclair, has responded to accusations made by an outgoing Montclair Board of Education member who accused Spiller of being motivated by “money, perks and power.” Sergio Gonzalez was appointed to the ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - In the wake of Mayor Sean Spiller's three new appointments to the Montclair Board of Education, calls for an elected Board become amplified. Outgoing BOE member Sergio Gonzalez echoed this sentiment during Monday night's BOE meeting, in a lengthy statement, in which he questions ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ – Montclair Mayor Sean M. Spiller today announced the appointment of Crystal Hopkins, Eric Scherzer, and Kathryn Weller-Demming to the Montclair Board of Education.    “I am proud to appoint three outstanding individuals to the Board of Education,” said Mayor Spiller. “Crystal, ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - As schools gear up for hybrid learning, members of the community urge administrators to turn a critical eye toward cultural insensitivity in the district.  The Superintendent’s Statement of Solidarity, released Friday, states, “the District and all of its staff stand in ...

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Students will still face a version of the mandatory exam in the fall. But questions on the details linger. Special to TAPinto.net. This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage.

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    MONTCLAIR, NJ - The number of potential staff reductions has gone from 53 to 28 positions in the 2021-22 school year budget, as of last night’s meeting between the Board of Education (BOE) and Board of School Estimate (BoSE).    In addition, there were approximately 30 other open ...

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EAST ORANGE/ORANGE, NJ — In January, TAP reported on the Essex County student and teacher winners of New Jersey Association of Gifted Children awards. Now, we are diving deeper into the story of Avien Abney, the winner of the Grades 3-5 NJAGC Distinguished Student Award for 2021. Avien Abney, ...

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Newark, NJ – On March 31, 2021, the Essex County Board of County Commissioners virtually held its 2021 Women’s History Month Celebration via Zoom teleconference. The ceremony commemorated the spirit and accomplishments of women everywhere and acknowledged the contributions of multiple esteemed ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - In their third meeting with the Board of Education (BOE), Board of School Estimate (BoSE) members questioned cuts to staff in the 2021-22 school year budget.    Employee salaries make up about 80 percent of the budget, including benefits. As of the previous meeting, the number ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - Educators express frustration with cuts to teaching positions in the new 2021-22 school year budget, citing negative effects on students’ academic experience.    As of now there are plans to cut 53 staff, including paraprofessionals. There are 30 other open positions that ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - Watchung Elementary School was selected to receive a $10,000 2020 Sustainable Jersey for Schools Grant, school officials announced.  Funded by the New Jersey Education Association. Drury Thorp, Watchung’s STEAM and environmental science teacher, Principal Patrick Krenn, and ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - The district’s preliminary budget for the 2021-22 school year sets aside $1.7 million for total required maintenance of school facilities, which includes mid-term range changes to facilities.  “Due to the pandemic, we have increased some of our money to plant operation and ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - On March 11, 2021, a settlement between the Teacher’s Union and Montclair Board of Education was reached. This settlement consists of a hybrid-learning model for students who attend school within the Montclair School District.   Although this settlement guarantees that ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair Public Schools will reopen on April 12 for in-person hybrid learning, school officials announced Friday. After a long dispute between the Board of Education and the Montclair Education Association (MEA) over whether or not staff would return to in-person learning, an ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Montclair Education Association (MEA) and Board of Education (BOE) agreed on the day of their lawsuit to open elementary schools on April 12 for in-person learning, according to multiple news outlets. Both sides have yet to release a public statement on the decision, and ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — New Jersey will expand COVID-19 vaccine eligibility later this month to millions more people including teachers, the homeless and clergy, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday. Educators have been among the groups lobbying for higher prioritization. As of March 15, K-12 educators and ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - Over the course of the pandemic, local learning communities have found creative ways to address young children’s social and emotional wellbeing.  “Kids need the social interaction more than they need the academic content they got from remote,” said Amy Dorr, Executive Director of ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - This week, as the Montclair Public School District announced implementation of a remote instruction monitoring program, parents began to raise concerns over privacy. The district announced the implementation of GoGuardian, which is a tool designed to enhance a teacher's ability ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - A class-action lawsuit has been filed in Federal Court against the Montclair School District after teachers and staff refused to return to in-person instruction, according to documents. Eight families filed last week, after retaining attorney Keri Donohue Avellini. Avellini is ...

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Gov. Announces Two Initiatives: Opportunity Meets Innovation Challenge Grants ($28.5 Million) and Hunger-Free Campus Grant Program ($1 Million) TRENTON – Gov. Phil Murphy and Secretary of Higher Education Dr. Brian Bridges announced that $29.5 million in federal funding will be available to New ...

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Officials Also Unveil $1.2 Billion Plan to Address Educational, Mental Health Needs of Students TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey education officials are asking the federal government to waive standardize testing for this school year, maintaining that it is more important to focus on instructional time ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - Parents continue to voice their frustration with the MEA over reopening schools, citing concerns of childrens’ mental health and academic performance. The Board of Ed remained silent on the matter during the Board meeting Wednesday.    The Board’s first ever Student ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - A new principal has been appointed to Edgemont Elementary School, officials. Upon the recommendation of Montclair Public Schools Superintendent Jonathan Ponds, the Montclair Board of Education appointed Briony Carr-Clemente as principal of Edgemont School at its February 17 ...

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MORRISTOWN, NJ — A 34-year-old Morristown resident who has been heavily involved in the Livingston Soccer Club over the last several years and most recently served as a volunteer coach at Livingston High School in the fall of 2020 has been arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Montclair School District and Montclair Education Association are slated to have their arguments heard in court on March 9. After the Montclair Board of Education filed a lawsuit against the Montclair Education Association (MEA), which represents nearly 1000 members, MEA ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - Students and faculty voiced opposition to the Board of Ed’s lawsuit against the Montclair Education Association (MEA) during Wednesday night’s virtual Board meeting.  “I feel unheard,” said Justin, a sophomore at Montclair High School, and continued to explain how he thinks the ...

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MAPLEWOOD/SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Even after teachers, staff, and students have already begun hybrid learning, and are due to return to classrooms next week, more than half of rooms inspected at Columbia High, Maplewood Middle, South Orange Middle, Seth Boyden and Marshall schools were deemed unfit for ...

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