Good luck finding common ground among Republicans and Democrats on issues such as taxes, climate change or health care. It is almost as if we are two nations, not one.
But education reform is different. On this issue, you can find odd political bedfellows all over the place. Newark Mayor Cory Booker, for example, is in near-complete agreement with Republican Gov. Chris Christie. The Rev. Reginald Jackson, head of the Black Ministers’ Council, has broad common ground with state Sen. Tom Kean, the Republican leader in the Senate. (more…)
April 20, 2009
NJ Left Behind
Reverend Reginald T. Jackson, Executive Director of The Black Ministersâ€™ Council of New Jersey, testified before the State Board of Education last week and expressed ire and frustration with the D.O.E.â€™s newly rigorous high school graduation requirements and the continuing use of the Special Review Assessment (SRA) that lets underachieving students graduate anyway. (more…)
April 10, 2009
by The Star-Ledger Editorial Board
The Rev. Reginald Jackson, head of New Jersey’s Black Ministers council, thinks teacher tenure covers up failure and hurts children by making it hard to fire incompetent instructors. He stood on the steps of the Statehouse recently and called for changes to the current tenure rules that grant a teacher a job for life after just three years.
Advocates and educators statewide have been calling for a reform to teacher tenure rules for some time. Clifford B. Janey, who took over the troubled Newark school system last year, is among them. He said last month tenure has become a big obstacle in getting rid of bad and ineffective teachers in his district. (more…)
BY RUDY LARINI
Black Ministers Council blasts tenure rules
The state’s public education system covers up failure, deprives students of a quality education and fosters a false sense of high achievement, the head of New Jersey’s Black Ministers Council said yesterday.
“New Jersey spends more on education than any other state in the nation and we are getting so little in return for the money we are spending,” said the Rev. Reginald Jackson, executive director of the council, at a statehouse news conference. “We’ve come today to pull the covers off this coverup.” (more…)
March 25, 2009
by The Associated Press
The head of New Jersey’s Black Ministers Council said public school reform begins with revising tenure.
The Rev. Reginald Jackson said no other profession gives lifetime job security after three years. He said tenured teachers have no incentive to do their best.
Rev. Reginald Jackson preaches to church members about the importance of voting in the upcoming primaries at St. Matthew’s African Methodist Episcopal Church in Orange. (more…)
July 11, 2008
by Sen. Raymond Lesniak
Senator Lesniak delivered this speech Friday July 11, 2008 at the annual retreat of The Alliance for School Choice in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. For more information about the legislation referenced in this speech, please see the NJVoices post from May 2, 2008 entitled, “Stopping the Collapse of private schools in New Jersey.”
Why do I believe government provided scholarships for children of low income families are important enough, as beautiful and majestic as Jackson Hole is, to take me away from the equally beautiful and majestic Jersey shore? If you’ve been to our beaches or ever bit into a Jersey tomato or a freshly picked ear of Jersey corn, you know it wasn’t an easy decision (more…)
BY ARCHBISHOP JOHN J. MYERS
This article appeared in the Jan. 23, 2008 edition of The Catholic Advocate
This column about Catholic Schools Week is going to be a little different. As you all know, Catholic schools in New Jersey-indeed, throughout the country-are facing a number of challenges, the largest among them how to ensure their continued viability in the face of lower enrollments and higher costs.
Those of us who sponsor schools, administer and teach in them, and work to ensure their future know that this largest challenge is a classic â€œCatch-22.â€ The cost of everything rises and so the cost of educating children increases. When you spread that cost among a group of students, it is higher than some parents can afford. As a result, students leave the school, and that means that the cost per student has to increase again. More students then leave because of cost, and so on.