JCPS Statement on Student Shot at PS #15

A student at Whitney M. Young, Jr. School #15 was shot in the leg yesterday after he left school. He returned to the school and school staff called 911. His injuries were not life-threatening.


Concordia Director Migdalia Viole’s Advice for Parents

If you don’t know about Concordia Learning Center (at St. Joseph’s School for the Blind,) it’s because you aren’t looking for a preschool in Jersey City. While all the Jersey City Public School PreK3 programs use the same curriculum (High Scope), Concordia’s reputation has parents lining up on the sidewalk overnight – this year for

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Choosing a Jersey City High School: A Roadmap for Parents and Students

Families in Jersey City have a diverse set of choices when it comes to high schools. In total, there are 19 high schools, comprised of eight local public, three local county, three public charter and five private schools.


Meet the Candidates for 2015 Jersey City Board of Education Election

Every year, Jersey City voters have the opportunity to elect three individuals to serve on the Jersey City Board of Education (JCBOE). Terms last for three years. The role of the nine member JCBOE is to set policy and oversee administration of Jersey City’s 40 public schools. According to the Hudson County Clerk’s Office there

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Board Hears Update on Status of Two State-Run School Districts

Posted with permission from NJ Spotlight. Jersey City gets more local control while Newark’s new superintendent is upbeat but outlines challenges ahead. A striking juxtaposition between two state-run school districts was apparent during yesterday’s monthly meeting of the State Board of Education. First to appear before the board was the new superintendent of Newark schools,

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The Jersey City Public Schools’ Substitute Teacher Shortage

Jersey City has an expensive and pervasive substitute teacher staffing problem. When Dr. Marcia Lyles was hired as the superintendent of Jersey City Public Schools (JCPS) in the fall of 2012, she inherited what was a deeply flawed in-house substitute teacher staffing process. To remedy the problem, Dr. Lyles oversaw the procurement of Source4Teachers, a

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Jersey City Charter Schools Claim They’re Being Shortchanged by State

Posted with permission from NJ Spotlight. While Gov. Chris Christie has proclaimed his support of charter schools, a segment of New Jersey’s charter school community is waging a persistent battle over whether they are being supported enough. A group of charter schools in Jersey City has been in a legal battle with the state for

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2014 Jersey City Board of Education: Eight Candidates Vying For Three Seats

November is almost here, and it’s time to do your civic duty and vote. This year’s General Election for Jersey City has US Senate and House of Representatives for 8th and 10th Congressional Districts seats, three Board of Education positions and the Hudson County Surrogate and Freeholders for Districts 1-5 and 8. There are also

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Outside The Sandbox — Searching for Preschool Options in Jersey City

Ten years ago the Garden Preschool Board members sat around a little table in tiny wooden chairs discussing our future. Our co-president had a grim announcement to make. “I just don’t know if we’re going to be open next fall,” she said. “We have almost NO applicants for next school year.” I remember thinking, HOW

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Jersey City Public Schools Pre-K Classroom Shortage Concerns

The Jersey City Public Schools (JCPS) will receive approximately $492 million of its budget (74%) from NJ state aid for the 2014-15 school year. The state intends this aid to be directed inside the classroom — to fund books, pencils, teachers’ salaries, and so on. Because of a shortage of classroom space throughout the city,

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Teacher of the Year Awarded: Joel Naatus PS 28

On Monday, February 10th, this year’s Jersey City Teacher of the Year luncheon was held at the Duncan Family Sky Room at Saint Peter’s University. In spite of the cold weather that has more than overstayed its welcome, the partially snow-covered roads, and slippery, icy sidewalks, guests came out to gather and celebrate the city’s public school educators who have gone the extra mile to facilitate their students’ growth and success.


Meet the Board of Education Candidates (Part Three): Jessica Daye, Carol Gabriel, Telissa Dowling

This is our continuing coverage of the Jersey City Board of Education elections, coming up on November 5. The four available BOE seats will be occupied by the highest vote-getters. Elected board members will work as advocates for children and families of the district, act as advisors to Superintendent Marcia Lyles and the schools’ administrators as well as serve as

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Meet the Board of Education Candidates (Part Two): Micheline Amy, Ellen Simon, Gina Verdibello

This is our continuing coverage of the Jersey City Board of Education elections, coming up on November 5. The four available BOE seats will be occupied by the highest vote-getters. Elected board members will work as advocates for children and families of the district, act as advisors to Superintendent Marcia Lyles and the schools’ administrators as well

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Meet the Board of Education Candidates: Carol Lester, Gerald Lyons, Lorenzo Richardson, Angel Valentin

The Jersey City Board of Education elections are coming up fast on Nov. 5. Three of the seats up for grabs have three-year terms; these seats are currently held by Carol Lester, Angel Valentin and vice president Sterling Waterman. The other seat available is for a one-year term and is currently held by Gerald Lyons,

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Voter Registration Deadline for Board of Education Elections Approaching

The voter registration deadline for the local Board of Education (BOE) election is coming up fast. Voters should register to vote by Tuesday, Oct. 15 so they can help decide who gets four seats on the BOE in the Nov. 5 elections. Three of the seats up for grabs have three-year terms; these seats are

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Local Kids Testing Immersive Science Education Program at LSC

A new kind of science experiment is going on at the Liberty Science Center (LSC) and it could impact local kids’ performance in the classroom. This school year, the Jersey City Public Schools will be working with LSC in the pilot of an elementary school STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) initiative. Every Friday or

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JC Board of Education Meeting Marks End of School Year With Praise For Students and Community Concerns

For the Jersey City Board of Education, last Thursday, June 20, marked the end of the 2012-2013 school year and the last Board meeting until the end of summer when the new school year begins. The meeting was held at the Martin Luther King Jr. School – PS 11, at 886 Bergen Avenue and started at about 6:20 pm.


Snyder High School Educator Named Hudson County Teacher of the Year

A Snyder High School teacher has been named Hudson County’s Teacher of the Year. Margaret “Meg” Freeman, who was named Jersey City’s 2013-14 Teacher of the Year on Feb. 20, was honored with the countywide title last Friday, April 12. Freeman, who teaches English at Snyder and serves as the school’s Language Arts Department Coordinator,

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Turnaround Plan for Jersey City School District’s ‘Priority’ and ‘Focus’ Schools

Jersey City School District’s “Priority” and “Focus” schools (sixteen in total) fall well below the state’s threshold defining “proficiency,” Gayle Griffin advised board of education members Thursday. Improving the quality of these schools is a part of Commissioner of Education Christopher Cerf’s ongoing statewide turnaround plan. And Gridfin, overseeing the effort, described its challenges.


Fulop Announces Education and Recreation Reform Plan, Local Teachers’ Union Endorsement

The fight over education reform in the city continues — as does the finger-pointing over which candidate looks more favorably on the privatization of the school system — with Ward E Councilman Steve Fulop’s announcement of his education and recreation platform. Fulop, who was instrumental in getting eight out of nine of the Board of

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