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Sumter & Wimberly Statement on the End of State Control of Paterson Public Schools

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Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter Credits: Assembly Democrats
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Credits: Office of Assemblyman Benjie E. Wimberly
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PATERSON, NJ- Assembly Majority Conference Leader Shavonda Sumter and Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly (Both D-Bergen/Passaic) issued the following statement regarding the New Jersey Board of Education vote to end state control of Paterson Public Schools:

Sumter: “Paterson Public School District has seen almost three decades of state control. What began as an effort to fix failing schools transpired into long decades of disappointments and more failures for our district.

“I applaud Paterson administrators and advocates for their perseverance and for the work they’ve done over the years. Their hard work is why we, Paterson, are able to say farewell to state control. This gives all stakeholders an opportunity to take a seat at the table and have their voices heard when making important decisions on the education of our students.

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“I thank the Governor for making Paterson one of the focal points of his early acts in office. Regaining the ability to make our own education decisions is vital to steering the direction our schools and students are headed in.”

Wimberly: “The teachers and administrators of Paterson Schools have spent the last twenty-six years educating the districts’ over 25,000 students while under state control. They have seen school funding decreased by $252 million, experienced numerous layoffs of staff and administration, and worked in school buildings rapidly deteriorating from age.

“They have stood steadfast and fought diligently against previous administrations to encourage the state to do the right thing by Paterson students.

“Today, because of their commitment, we can say we are no longer a ‘takeover’ district.  This is a much-needed win for the children and for the community.”

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The climbing rate of the act of suicide, including one in our very own backyard earlier this week, shows that we have to fight harder and collectively in reducing the stigma.

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New Jersey Blood Services Declares Blood Emergency

June 13, 2018

New Jersey Blood Services/New York Blood Center (NYBC) has declared a blood emergency. The organization is asking people across New York City, the Hudson Valley, Long Island and New Jersey to donate blood to help replenish the blood supply for hospitals throughout the area.

 

In order to maintain a safe blood supply, a seven-day inventory of all blood types must be continually ...

Wimberly Statement on Secretary Carson’s Proposal to Raise Rent on Low-income Housing

TRENTON, NJ – Assembly Housing and Community Development Chairman Benjie Wimberly made the following statement on U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson’s proposal to raise rent on low-income housing:

“Secretary Carson’s proposed plan to increase rent for those living on housing assistance is housing discrimination, plain and ...

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June 15, 2018

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Bloomfield Parents Protest Board of Education Decision to add Armed Guards to All Public Schools

BLOOMFIELD, NJ - Emotions ran high prior to and during tonight’s Board of Education meeting at Bloomfield High School.

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Senator Pou’s Statement on Hurricane Maria Evacuee Session

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PATERSON, NJ- Senator Nellie Pou (D-Paterson) released the following statement regarding the Hurricane Maria Evacuee session to be held on Monday, June 11, in Paterson:

 

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