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  • The Great Debate on School Reform
    Not Reform It s Hijacking Bob Braun makes the case for public education which he says is still working in New Jersey Braun is a veteran of 49 years at the Star Ledger as education editor and senior columnist He publishes the blog Bob Braun s Ledger Jonathan Alter Making Magic in the Classroom Jonathan Alter applauds the education reform movement as being first and foremost good for New Jersey s kids Alter a longtime observer of public education is the author most recently of The Center Holds Obama and His Enemies a New York Times best seller now in paperback Click here to see our full Education 2014 package There are no photos with those IDs or post 85360 does not have any attached images Read more Towns Schools articles By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments to appear in the print edition of New Jersey Monthly 7 Songs to Comfort Christie on His Failed Presidential Bid Podcast Why We re Called The Garden State Table Hopping Jersey Shore Restaurant Week Melange in Somerville A Dress For Every Occasion NJ Father and Son s Wines Win Big 7 Dining Trends to Watch in 2016 February 2016 Best New Restaurants Table of Contents Subscribe Give a Gift Locate a Newsstand Purchase back issues View older issues Paper Mill Playhouse presents A Bronx Tale Millburn Feb 04 Mar 06 Frozen in Ice at Skylands Stadium Augusta Feb 05 Feb 28 The Beach Boys Morristown Feb 10 SOMA Film Festival South Orange Feb 12 Feb 14 Marc Anthony Concierto del Día de San Valentín Newark Feb 13 Sign up for our FREE newsletters Weekend Buzz Events in NJ Side Dish Dining news Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Instagram Follow us

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  • From Rags to Rowan: President Ali Houshmand
    from Rowan in January after 50 years as a professor and administrator invited him to join the breakfast group Initially Houshmand was reserved among the Gloucester County bigwigs But that changed quickly When the mayor mentioned one morning that his son was a Notre Dame graduate it stirred Houshmand s Michigan memories and sparked a group trip to Indiana for the 2012 Michigan Notre Dame football game The following season the group took a trip to Ann Arbor for the rematch there It is not just doing business but that we have learned to have personal relationships says McCabe a retired Exxon Mobil chemist and perhaps one of the few mayors in New Jersey with a PhD We have learned what is good for Rowan is good for Glassboro and vice versa Breakfast group member Joe Devine CEO of Kennedy Health System which operates three South Jersey hospitals admires the way Houshmand interacts with people of all kinds even chatting with the cooks and waiters at the diner He looks everyone in the eye evaluates what they say and never judges people by their job or station Recommended Reading Neil Cavuto Moderating Master He struggled growing up and knows that struggle can make you a better person says Devine He wants to build something here that everyone will be proud of He is truthful and tells people what he believes which I think the people in the community really like In the 17 years since it became a university Rowan has improved and expanded its infrastructure and raised its stature far surpassing its roots as a teacher preparation college It was still looking for a great leap forward when in 2012 Governor Chris Christie with the support of Democratic political power broker George Norcross presented a plan to create a major South Jersey research institution by merging Rowan with Rutgers Camden and a new medical school based at Camden s Cooper University Hospital where Norcross chairs the board The medical school had been in the works since Christie s predecessor Jon Corzine signed an executive order for its creation in 2009 Opponents successfully blocked the merger plan but the state launched the medical school Cooper Medical School of Rowan University in August 2012 in Rowan s new Medical Education Building in Camden and Rowan and Rutgers Camden are partnering on new health science programs As provost Houshmand helped oversee the launch of the med school Now that it is functioning the day to day is in the hands of its dean Dr Paul Katz who reports to Houshmand To date the school has enrolled 110 students it hopes to reach its capacity of about 450 by 2016 Houshmand s primary success as CEO and interim president is the 300 million development known as Rowan Boulevard a square mile or so of property connecting the Glassboro campus with Main Street Businesses in the area had been struggling for a generation even as the university was starting to thrive With a series

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  • Big Deal For NJ Students
    gone up about 20 percent over the last five years In surveys by Nespoli s organization Garden State residents have identified cost as the number one hurdle to attending college Even though our tuition is a great bargain compared to other higher education providers Nespoli says it can still be expensive for middle class families that have multiple students going to college Should the President s plan become law it would likely spike the number of students applying to community colleges Nespoli cites Tennessee where he says 90 percent of graduating high school students applied to community colleges this year following enactment of Tennessee Promise a new plan that provides free community college in that state Officials there expect the actual enrollment of high school graduates in the program to be in the range of 40 to 50 percent Here in New Jersey community colleges are enrolling about 25 percent of their local high school graduating classes says Nespoli I suspect that if America s Promise were to become law we would see that 25 percent move in the direction of the 40 to 50 percent that Tennessee first anticipated Recommended Reading Court Street School Fortified Students for Anything Can our county colleges handle such a surge I am confident that we have sufficient infrastructure in place to handle potential increases in enrollment says Dr Edward Yaw president of the County College of Morris We will watch Tennessee s experience very carefully to fully assess potential impacts CCM has seen more than 45 000 students earn degrees since it opened in 1968 The state s county colleges are already poised to expand their facilities thanks to 200 million in new funding under Governor Chris Christie s higher education bond act passed in 2013 Education leaders say the Obama plan would not adversely affect the state s four year schools I do not expect a significant impact on the number of students who choose to start their higher education experience at four year colleges says Yaw Nespoli agrees More students coming to community colleges would be a good thing for everyone he says Think about it With more students earning associate degrees more students will want to transfer to our four year colleges to earn their bachelor s degrees What s more says Nespoli we have a state law that guarantees that students who graduate with an associate degree from a New Jersey community college can transfer to a New Jersey four year college with full junior status We applaud the President s plan but there is still the question of how it will be funded That needs to be resolved before we can succeed at creating new opportunities for those historically shut out from higher education There are no photos with those IDs or post 99273 does not have any attached images Read more Steve Adubato Only in NJ Towns Schools articles By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments to appear in the print

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  • Tech Time: New Jersey's Vocational Schools
    integrating life science technology and engineering in 2005 Similar advances were taking hold across the state Technology has changed everything says Frank Gargiulo superintendent of the Hudson County Schools of Technology two of which High Tech High in North Bergen and County Prep in Jersey City placed at numbers 13 and 14 respectively in our 2014 ranking Vocations have become more technical and high end and require a whole different set of thinking skills Responding to the shift in the job market Hudson County opened High Tech High in 1991 followed in 1993 by County Prep which offers 10 specialized majors including business graphic technology design culinary arts and medical science Today these career academies attract many of their counties top students routinely garner local and national awards and send a striking percentage of their students to the best colleges in the country In 2011 students at Monmouth s High Technology High racked up an average combined SAT score of 2 145 the highest in the country This year its senior class received multiple acceptances from a glittering array of colleges and universities including MIT Princeton the University of Pennsylvania Yale the University of Chicago Cornell Notre Dame Duke and the University of California at Berkeley The other Monmouth academies have amassed similar honors Forty percent of this year s graduating class at Biotechnology High qualified as National Merit Commended Scholars recognition awarded to the top 3 percent of the 1 5 million students who enter the National Merit program And last year for the second time in a row the Marine Academy was recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School of Distinction the highest national honor bestowed on an individual school public or private The honor was also accorded in 2013 to our chart topper Middlesex County s Academy for Science Mathematics and Engineering Technologies as well as North Bergen s High Tech High also honored in 2014 and the Academy for Information Technology in Scotch Plains Monmouth County s Communications High School was honored in 2012 If there s a recipe for the vocational schools astonishing successes the main ingredient without doubt is an extraordinary student body Our students are very talented and highly motivated says Kevin Bals principal of High Technology High They come from very supportive families their parents value education take it seriously have high expectations for their kids That s true for all of the successful career academies which routinely receive many more applicants than they can admit Recommended Reading Court Street School Fortified Students for Anything For the 2014 15 school year 347 hopeful Monmouth County eighth graders applied to High Technology High only 80 were offered enrollment The application process is a numbers game in which students strive to score as close to 100 points as possible Prospective students take an entrance exam on which they can score a maximum of 35 points in each of two subjects math and language arts They also submit their final seventh grade and first marking period eighth grade transcripts and the school uses a complex rubric to convert their GPAs into point scores ranging from 0 to 15 per grade The school then accepts the highest scoring students with at least 75 points from each Monmouth County school district from which there are applicants generally 35 to 40 of the county s 45 districts are represented The rest of the slots are accorded to the highest ranking students that remain after the first round Similar entrance processes are used at most of the Garden State s career academies which like High Technology tend to be small and have low student teacher ratios It s a very competitive application process so we get a very talented pool of students says McCorkell Our small family atmosphere enables us to really get to know and work closely with our students says Dr Linda Russo principal of Middlesex County s top ranked Academy for Science Mathematics and Engineering Technologies Cynthia Guo a High Technology senior is happy to be swimming in that talent pool Her brother Stephen graduated from the school in 2012 he s currently at MIT His experience prompted her to apply I saw all the awesome things that he was doing she says Like the rest of the student body Guo is passionate about STEM I love math and engineering and logic and thinking things out A shared passion is another essential element in the career academies winning formula What s unique here is the close culture says Zachary Liu a Princeton freshman who graduated from High Technology High in June Since we re an engineering school everyone has a lot of shared interests You feel closer to your classmates Before she entered the school in 2012 Emma Clark worried that in a place populated with kids driven to achieve she might encounter a culture of cutthroat competition Instead she found support and motivation Being around such great people such smart people makes you work hard and brings you up to another level she says It doesn t seem to matter that the curriculum is highly demanding in fact academic rigor is part of what attracts and ultimately drives students When Liu attended an open house at High Technology High the thing that stood out for me he says was the research program how every person is required to do research and how there s always an opportunity to do more of it At the most successful career academies students are doing the kind of work many kids don t encounter until college and some never encounter at all High Technology for example is one of the few New Jersey high schools that offers multivariable calculus MIT teaches it in the second semester of freshman year At many of the academies students can take college courses and receive college credits for them Students at the Academy of Allied Health and Science can study cell and molecular biology at Georgian Court University and a variety of classes

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  • Healing Handshake: The CARE Act
    than driving loved ones to doctors appointments says Elaine Ryan vice president of government affairs at AARP They are providing hands on care and half of them are providing some kind of medical task that at one time would ve been performed only by a medical professional So they need this support What is a caregiver It can be any designated individual who provides after care assistance in the patient s residence It can be a relative spouse partner or friend It does not have to be a family member The CARE Act requires hospitals to take the following steps Identify a designated family caregiver when a patient is admitted Notify the caregiver when their loved one is to be moved or discharged Provide that caregiver with an explanation either live or by video for the care of the patient following discharge from the hospital Recommended Reading There s Work to be Done Legislation in 2016 While the direct impact on family caregivers is the essence of the new law it also aims to reduce costs to hospitals and nursing homes by lowering readmission rates An average nursing home stay per patient per year can cost upwards of 100 000 It s clear that the longer a patient is cared for at home the greater the savings If you were to add up all the unpaid care that people provide to their loved ones it would equal 13 billion a year Ryan says The CARE Act applies to anyone regardless of age or ailment who is admitted to an acute care hospital in New Jersey It is also available to people who already have a visiting nurse coming to their home A version of the CARE Act has been enacted in 10 states and is being considered in 30 others The long term goal says Evelyn Liebman AARP s associate director for advocacy in New Jersey is for our health care systems to recognize family caregivers as an integral part of a patient s health care team and as part of our long term health care system in general to adequately support family caregivers by providing the tools and resources they need to improve the health outcomes of their loved ones including the critical role family caregivers play in keeping their loved ones out of hospitals and to support our desires to live at home and in our communities The CARE Act should have a lasting impact on families and their ability to take care of sick loved ones in a more compassionate and cost effective fashion When government can do that it makes us all feel better Read more Politics Public Affairs Steve Adubato Only in NJ articles By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments to appear in the print edition of New Jersey Monthly 7 Songs to Comfort Christie on His Failed Presidential Bid Podcast Why We re Called The Garden State Table Hopping Jersey Shore Restaurant Week Melange in Somerville A

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  • There's Work to be Done: Legislation in 2016
    middle class families continue to get squeezed with higher property taxes Consolidate services Back in 2012 I said Statehouse leaders needed to craft policies that would force smaller New Jersey towns to merge consolidate or share services Not a lot of progress has been made in that area Fortunately there has been progress on at least two fronts The Legislature addressed the need for increased funding for higher education in 2012 with passage of the Building Our Future Bond Act On the other hand it took the U S Supreme Court to move the ball on marriage equality Now new items on the to do list Pension reform The pension crisis is worse than ever The governor and the Democrats in Trenton pounded their chests in 2011 when legislation was passed on public employee pension reform But while public employees were asked for major givebacks and agreed to major compromises the state never kicked into the pension fund to the degree promised Christie and other Republicans say the money is not there They are probably right but public employees say they won t give back any more Additional revenue and cuts elsewhere are needed to meet the state s pension obligations which brings us back to an earlier task Pass the millionaire s tax Recommended Reading On the Frontline in the Fight Against Cyberterrorism Port Authority reform Post Bridgegate it is critical that Trenton passes legislation that mandates changes and achieves greater transparency at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey the bistate agency that among other things oversees our common bridges and tunnels It s a significant challenge Any reforms in New Jersey would have to be matched by New York State And the views of Christie and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo differ from many of their colleagues in their respective legislatures School testing Our Statehouse leaders need to take a long look at standardized tests in our public schools Raising academic standards for all students is important but many parents and teachers are legitimately concerned about the number of hours students and teachers are spending on prepping for the PARCC and other standardized tests How much is enough That question needs to be resolved on the state level not by individual school districts Homeland security Wouldn t it be great if Democrats and Republicans in Trenton did the right thing on the Syrian refugee crisis Of course I m concerned about the possibility of a terrorist sneaking into our country but immigration policy should not be tied to politics and world events Instead there should be a consistent high standard for everyone The policy must protect us from terrorism while preserving our history as a nation open to new immigrants and new opportunities There are no photos with those IDs or post 123942 does not have any attached images Read more Politics Public Affairs Steve Adubato Only in NJ Towns Schools articles By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments

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  • Open for Business: The State of the State's Economy
    expectation that the fiscal year 2016 budget cycle will be a difficult one coupled with the real possibility of a gas tax increase and a paid sick leave mandate What s the outlook for growth If our members predictions are correct new businesses will see an increase in sales profits and hiring at some of the highest levels since the Great Recession However there is concern about the state s tax climate and a difficult regulatory and state government environment The good news is we are entering the final year of a 1 6 billion phase in of tax cuts and credits for which NJBIA had advocated However we are concerned about what solutions to the state s financial issues may be offered in the next budget cycle Why is our economy coming back slower than the rest of the country There are several reasons for our lag The aftereffects of Superstorm Sandy have continued to hurt In particular the storm seriously impacted the 2013 summer tourism industry at the Shore followed by an unusually harsh winter spilling into 2014 More recently we have seen a troubled Atlantic City casino industry and a steep decline in government employment An ongoing decline in manufacturing and information jobs adds to the list What specific difficulties face New Jersey start ups Regulatory uncertainties the threat of more employer mandates such as paid sick leave and a challenging tax climate It is extremely important that we create a business climate that is conducive to small business success To do so we must keep the cost of doing business down Government leaders can help by sending early positive economic signs in 2015 like starting to phase in relief on estate and inheritance taxes and abandoning the notion of legislating paid sick leave Proactive measures like a suite of small business tax credits which NJBIA is exploring can provide the relief needed so that entrepreneurs feel comfortable and make investments Recommended Reading Watching Out For Cyber Threats What new businesses are driving job growth There is a great deal of activity in the transportation trade and utilities sector which gained more than 14 000 jobs in the last year Amazon opened two distribution centers one in Robbinsville the other in Woodbridge the Port Authority finished rehabbing one of Newark Liberty Airport s major north south runways Global Container Terminals in Jersey City opened its improved and expanded cargo facility in June and PSE G began construction of its Energy Strong program In the professional and business services sector NBC Universal opened a technology center in Bergen County Burlington Coat Factory opened its new headquarters in Florence and Goya Foods opened a new warehouse and headquarters facility in Jersey City There are no photos with those IDs or post 96713 does not have any attached images Read more Politics Public Affairs Steve Adubato Only in NJ Towns Schools articles By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments to appear in the print

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  • NJM Q&A Author Donald Linky: A Byrne Legacy
    prosecutor was a Boy Scout and that it was futile unlike other New Jersey officials at the time to try to corrupt him The description of Byrne as the man who couldn t be bought was modified from a headline published in the New York Post reporting on the release of those transcripts How did Byrne fare when it came to working with Republicans in Trenton He always had a pretty decent relationship with the Republicans They differed of course but in the years he was governor it was a much less partisan time Republicans and Democrats would attack each other s positions during public debates and in the legislative chambers but a lot of times after the cameras were off they would go out across party lines together and have dinner Recommended Reading 10 HUGE Jersey Personalities For Vice President What are the roots of the Byrne Kean friendship It goes back to when Byrne was head of the Public Utilities Commission He got close to Kean s brother who was the chief executive of a major utility so there was a relationship that started way back then When Kean lost the primary to Ray Bateman in 77 and gave up his Assembly seat Byrne later appointed him to the board of the state Highway Authority which gave him a continuing public role What was Byrne s role as governor in overseeing the recount in the 1981 election between Tom Kean and Jim Florio The election was so close that there was a recount which continued for weeks I was with Byrne on election night watching the returns and the Camden County vote still had not been reported when nearly all other counties had filed their returns Byrne ordered Clinton Pagano head of the state police to seize the machines in Camden County I don t think he was sure he had the legal authority to do that but he made the decision because he knew it had to be done to maintain public confidence in the results of the election Kean appreciated that and also the professional way that Byrne s attorney general Jim Zazzali and Michael Cole the assistant attorney general oversaw the recount in the following weeks which resulted in Kean being declared as the winner of the election by some 1 700 votes What will Brendan Byrne be best remembered for The public probably associates him primarily with the income tax However he personally feels his most significant accomplishment was the preservation of the Pinelands I agree with that The Pinelands program which established controls on construction in over a fifth of the state s land area set the development of South Jersey on a really different course It has had and will continue to have a major impact on how New Jersey will develop in the future There are no photos with those IDs or post 92381 does not have any attached images Read more Books Historic Jersey NJM Q A Politics Public Affairs

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