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Re: Segregation in the Jersey City Public Schools
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hero69 wrote:
i agree that segregation is bad....but if white, elitist parents make sure that their children get the grades to get into elite programs whose fault is that, especially in public schools.just look at the elite nyc public high schools (mostly white, asian based on test scores)

if poor parents are not going to make sure that their chlldren study so that they are competitive and can get into good programs, then they should shut up.

i am all for affirmative action, but even in colleges, all students have to perform (unless, of course, you are a good sports player who performs on the field)


That's why we have the option of private school education - discrimination against struggling families doesn't mean their kids should be regarded and treated as second class citizens - it's discrimination anyway you look at it.

A public education should never discriminate - the private education can discriminate via socioeconomic means; school fees

Posted on: Today 2:01
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Re: Segregation in the Jersey City Public Schools
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i agree that segregation is bad....but if white, elitist parents make sure that their children get the grades to get into elite programs whose fault is that, especially in public schools.just look at the elite nyc public high schools (mostly white, asian based on test scores)

if poor parents are not going to make sure that their chlldren study so that they are competitive and can get into good programs, then they should shut up.

i am all for affirmative action, but even in colleges, all students have to perform (unless, of course, you are a good sports player who performs on the field)

Posted on: Today 0:49
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Re: Segregation in the Jersey City Public Schools
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Segregation is a polite way of not saying discrimination - this is another reason why 'good intentioned' parents should never be allowed on the DoE board.

We need an impartial board who's sole and only focus is centered around providing a great educational experience for ALL kids.

This is just another UGLY side of gentrification - public schools are for the general public and if this article suggests that white collar elitist parents want to manipulate the system for their own gains and the gains of their children, then shame on them

Posted on: Today 0:33
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Re: Parents For Excellence - Carol Harrison-Arnold, Monica Kress & Bertram Okpokwasili
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Rorschach wrote:
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dtjcview wrote:
As a taxpayer I want to see results.


Elected board members are not paid. It's highly unrealistic to expect they either have the knowledge or the time and motivation to make effective decisions on the way the schools are run.

The superintendent is the one really making major decisions.


So the JC BOE are clueless, powerless, and the elections are a waste of time?

Posted on: Today 0:20
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Re: Medical records of 40,000 patients stolen from Jersey City doctor's office, police say
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Just can't stay away


For this reason I refuse to give out my ss#. If they insist go to another Dr.

Also it is a good idea to freeze your credit with Experian, Trans Union and Equifax permanently. It costs $5 to unfreeze for a time window of your choice if you want to get credit card/ car loan etc and it is worth the small cost. After the freeze you don't need no lifelock etc protection nonsense.

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Re: Koro Koro rice ball cafe
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and they still don't offer tuna onigiri...

Posted on: Today 0:14
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Re: Segregation in the Jersey City Public Schools
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interesting article. i think all children should have good opportunities, but let's face it if one comes from an upper income family (black, white, hispanic, asian) then the parents are more likely to have the intellect , drive and support system/ ecosystem to help their children seize opportunities.....as for the poor, just watch jerry springer and you can see that many of these people (who an barely speak proper english) hardly have any interest in having their children do well in school. sad, but true

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Re: Leak On Roof
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If you want to hold it over for a few days until your landlord return, just put a tarp over the area with the crack and weight the corners down with sandbags / bags of rice / etc. Of course, this will depend on the pitch of your roof to work properly.

Our skylight was leaking sometime ago, and while we waited for a new skylight to be ordered/made/delivered, we had a tarp over it, and it held out really well, and for a long time.

Hope this helps, and good luck!

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Re: Koro Koro rice ball cafe
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Posted on: Yesterday 23:57
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Leak On Roof
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My roof has a small leak. Normally, i would just call my landlord and have him deal with it........but he is away and dealing with a family emergency and won't return until first week of November. Sure, I could call him and all that jazz but he is always been an awesome landlord and not a slum lord that you hear about all the time....so i figure i could wait a bit.

The other tenants ceilings are fine and they even double checked. It's just my place that is cursed. I went up in the roof and checked it and observed it when it drizzled(these last two days) and found the small crack.

Is there anything i could do to seal it? Is there a salve that i can apply....even little old me who knows nothing about home repair??? And it only leaks when its a small drizzle or light rain.......that is just so odd.

Any info is appreciated.

Posted on: Yesterday 23:37
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Re: What's going there?
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the city should hire more experienced/reliable inspectors to get these businesses open. monty's bar has a sign appearing to sugest possibly that it was opened in 2013.....2015 will soon be here

Posted on: Yesterday 23:33
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Re: Parents For Excellence - Carol Harrison-Arnold, Monica Kress & Bertram Okpokwasili
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Quote:

dtjcview wrote:
As a taxpayer I want to see results.


Elected board members are not paid. It's highly unrealistic to expect they either have the knowledge or the time and motivation to make effective decisions on the way the schools are run.

The superintendent is the one really making major decisions.

Posted on: Yesterday 23:25
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Re: Parents For Excellence - Carol Harrison-Arnold, Monica Kress & Bertram Okpokwasili
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vida wrote:
I found their platform on the Parents for Excellence website:
-As independent candidates, we are only beholden to the 28,000 students who depend on our schools for an exceptional education.
-We believe Jersey City Public Schools can provide an excellent education for every child, preparing them for college or a career.
-We believe the best way to raise student achievement is by focusing our efforts, and the efforts of the community, on better public schools.
-We must engage students and teachers and continue to focus resources on schools facing the greatest challenges.
-We will work hard to return Jersey City schools to local control.
-We believe in improving existing schools, opening new ones, and continuing to oppose the practice of closing schools.
-We support the district’s efforts to create more district-run high school choices for students and families.
-We believe in encouraging families to feel welcome and engaged in their children's education. As parents become involved in school, children achieve more. Therefore, we must proactively solicit the opinions of parents and teachers in making Board decisions in order to make the Board more receptive to community needs.
-We support the goal, laid out in the Mayor Fulop's transition report, to build a playground at every elementary and grade school, so every child has a safe place to play.


What's with the "we believe..."???

As a taxpayer I want to see results. I want to see every kid succeed. I want to see the best use of resources employed in the education of our kids.

I don't want belief and blind faith. I want results. I want proof that our kids are doing better. And frankly, I'm not seeing that in JC.

Posted on: Yesterday 22:58
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Re: Brown Water Downtown
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Not too shy to talk
Not too shy to talk


I called United Water. They said despite brown color it's
chlorinated and safe to consume.

OMG. So it's safe to drink dark brown/black water with
major soot that smells like sewer b/c it's chlorinated.

Posted on: Yesterday 22:57
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Re: What's going there?
#15
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What's going on at the space between LITM and Skinner's Loft? Anyone know what's going there?

Posted on: Yesterday 22:51
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Re: Parents For Excellence - Carol Harrison-Arnold, Monica Kress & Bertram Okpokwasili
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I found their platform on the Parents for Excellence website:
-As independent candidates, we are only beholden to the 28,000 students who depend on our schools for an exceptional education.
-We believe Jersey City Public Schools can provide an excellent education for every child, preparing them for college or a career.
-We believe the best way to raise student achievement is by focusing our efforts, and the efforts of the community, on better public schools.
-We must engage students and teachers and continue to focus resources on schools facing the greatest challenges.
-We will work hard to return Jersey City schools to local control.
-We believe in improving existing schools, opening new ones, and continuing to oppose the practice of closing schools.
-We support the district’s efforts to create more district-run high school choices for students and families.
-We believe in encouraging families to feel welcome and engaged in their children's education. As parents become involved in school, children achieve more. Therefore, we must proactively solicit the opinions of parents and teachers in making Board decisions in order to make the Board more receptive to community needs.
-We support the goal, laid out in the Mayor Fulop's transition report, to build a playground at every elementary and grade school, so every child has a safe place to play.

Posted on: Yesterday 22:32
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Re: What's going there?
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Quite a regular


Any word on the restaurant that was supposed to open in the old dry cleaners on Erie & Pavonia? They had done so much work initially but it's totally stalled.

Posted on: Yesterday 22:32
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Re: Brown Water Downtown
#18
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My water seems to be clearer but I'm not touching it until I hear more.

Posted on: Yesterday 22:32
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Re: Brown Water Downtown
#19
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Not too shy to talk


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ZACKyBoy wrote:
I mean, just be honest and say "we don't know and we will investigate it." Don't just flat out say "no, not water main break. must be just your building."

That's no way to build trust with community.

REALLY.


The Police Department doesn't run the water supply, and I wouldn't really expect them to know about the current situation. I called the water company, see my post below.

Posted on: Yesterday 22:28
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Re: Brown Water Downtown
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I mean, just be honest and say "we don't know and we will investigate it." Don't just flat out say "no, not water main break. must be just your building."

That's no way to build trust with community.

REALLY.

Posted on: Yesterday 22:25
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Re: Brown Water Downtown
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YES 2nd St, bet Jersey & Coles - all the same - gross brown water in toilet, sink, tub.
Called non-emergency police line and they said no water main break, just our bldg.
BULLLONEY. what crapola. Really?

Posted on: Yesterday 22:19
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Re: Brown Water Downtown
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Instead of it always being a reactive approach with this type of issue, why not do a full audit of our sewers and water pipes and start budgeting for a systematic overhaul. Throw a few cameras into the pipes and lets have a look see !

Posted on: Yesterday 22:02
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Re: Fulop and aide found my home
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Quote:

heights wrote:
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fat-ass-bike wrote:
That is great news, but I can only imagine your drama is the tip of the iceberg and much more can be done for those on ANY welfare benefits or low incomes in this city.

When was the last time the city dedicated and managed a plot of land to developers exclusively for those on welfare or lower income ? There is no reason the city could not build, manage and fund (initially) a building that ran as a non-profit to cater to those mentioned.

Yeah it is called the projects. It's been done 10 times over.


Thank-you for the enlightenment - my ignorance is now updated !

Posted on: Yesterday 21:59
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Re: Fulop and aide found my home
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Quote:

fat-ass-bike wrote:
That is great news, but I can only imagine your drama is the tip of the iceberg and much more can be done for those on ANY welfare benefits or low incomes in this city.

When was the last time the city dedicated and managed a plot of land to developers exclusively for those on welfare or lower income ? There is no reason the city could not build, manage and fund (initially) a building that ran as a non-profit to cater to those mentioned.

Yeah it is called the projects. It's been done 10 times over.

Posted on: Yesterday 21:18
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Re: Brown Water Downtown
#25
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Not too shy to talk


15 minutes on hold, but the guy was very nice and very patient. There is currently no boil water advisory, but you should run your taps for a bit to clear out any accumulated debris/whatever.

Posted on: Yesterday 21:13
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Re: Brown Water Downtown
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Posted on: Yesterday 20:59
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Re: Brown Water Downtown
#27
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Not too shy to talk


They're searching for a main break along the Monmouth & Third to Fifth area. Call in with your address, they were surprised when I said where I lived.

I strongly recommend assuming a boil water advisory, considering how many hydrants they're flushing and the smell/taste of the water.

Posted on: Yesterday 20:58
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Re: Jersey City to restructure police department for first time in two decades
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What concerns me is the bonding we do for terminal employees, employees who leave government. Tonight, the city floated $7.5 million, Fulop took out $2 million from the budget to pay overtime. That $2 million was earmarked for terminal leave. So if you hire new cops that will eventually make $100,000 in ten years, what will we bond for terminal leave when those employees leave in 25 years?

Posted on: Yesterday 20:57
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Segregation in the Jersey City Public Schools
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A lawsuit, filed early this month by The Children First team (seek link to PDF file below) seeks to identify racial and economic segregation within Jersey City Public Schools, starting with the Frank R. Conwell PS#3 primary school in downtown Jersey City where there appears to be division between the poor black and Hispanic students and white, upper income students in the Prek Dual-Language Program.

Observers report that on the school’s first floor, where the Dual-Language Prek classes neighbor the non-Dual-Language/General Prek classes, the disparity can be clearly seen with the majority of Black/Hispanic students in Non-Dual Language/General classrooms.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the Children First Team by Open Public Records Act (OPRA) attorney, Walter Luers, Esq, who is also a board member of the advocacy group, New Jersey for Open Government (NJFOG). The suit demands "Free & Reduced Meal" application data from the Jersey City Board of Education in order to glean the racial and economic breakdown of Prek-4 classes at PS#3 for the past three years. Children who are “Approved” for free or reduced meals are classified as low income or poverty whereas those who were “Denied” are deemed upper income. The applications also indicate the student's race.

Initial reports collected by Children First indicate an economic disparity as much as 70% upper income to 30% low income in Prek 4 classes in PS#3 during the 2013-2014 school year. This year, Children First has learned that in one Dual-Language class, only a single student out of fifteen (15) is classified as low income/poverty. Meanwhile, the majority of students in neighboring non-Dual-Language/General prek classes are classified as low income/poverty.

The Dual-Language program at PS#3 has become a highly competitive program for downtown parents seeking the opportunity for their children to benefit from small classes and a Spanish-English learning environment. There are typically only 15-30 spots available each year with four to five times as many applicants. However, applications have declined in recent years as parents complained the district does a poor job of informing them how and when to apply to the program.

Children First has also learned of complaints of unfair sibling preferences in the program. Last year, spots were awarded first to siblings of children already in the program, though there is no official “sibling policy” in the district according to the Early Childhood Department. This practice resulted in very few non-siblings accessing the program, further exacerbating the racial and income divide in the school's Prek population.

The lawsuit is pending a court date.

Current board members, Sangeeta Ranade, Jessica Daye and Bertraum Okpokwasili (currently running for school board) all have children in the Dual-Language Program at School #3. Board member Ellen Simon has a child in the Dual-Language program at PS#5.

The Children First Team of Gina Verdibello (5H), Lorenzo Richardson (1H) and Gerald Lyons (7H) believe that ALL children are entitled to a quality education -- regardless of income, race or class. As board members, they will be committed to advocate for balanced and equal access to advanced and specialized programs for students across the city. Vote on November 4th for Gina Verdibello (5H), Lorenzo Richadson (1H) and Gerald Lyons (7H) for Jersey City Board of Education.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9tju ... WUXp6OVE/view?usp=sharing

Posted on: Yesterday 20:56
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Re: Brown Water Downtown
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it happens every year and often in the same locations throughout the city - One would think cityhall would investigate, but since it appears to be a seasonal thing, it will never be a priority.

I often thought it's due to some authority flushing out the sewer or main water supply on an annual basis

Posted on: Yesterday 20:54
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