BY Congressman Donald M. Payne Jr. | Friday, Feb 03, 2017 9:48am
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Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) shares his Letter to the Editor on Betsy DeVos, Trump’s pick for U.S. Secretary of Education, which was originally published in The Star Ledger on January 31:
If confirmed as U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos would pose a direct threat to the very education system that she is supposed to protect. It’s not that DeVos has no experience with public schools (although she has never even attended a public school), but that she supports gutting public education funding in favor of charter school expansion with no oversight and accountability. The president of Michigan’s State Board of Education warned against DeVos’ nomination, saying that her “agenda is to break the public education system, not educate kids, and replace it with a for-profit model.” DeVos is a leading proponent of voucher programs, which drain public schools of necessary funding and lead to worse outcomes for students, especially the most disadvantaged.
DeVos is committed to supporting education policies that would dismantle our nation’s public school system and replace it with a for-profit model. Her nomination would make it harder for all students to receive a high-quality education and attain educational success.
BY Jonathan Redwine | Monday, Jan 23, 2017 12:15pm
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Jonathan M. Redwine of West Orange, shares this letter to Congressman Frelinghuysen, which he plans to deliver in person at the Congressman’s Morristown office today:
Dear Congressman Frelinghuysen:
I thought I would take a few minutes to write to you this evening to make sure that you have heard the multiple requests for information from you regarding recent and pending political events. I write to ask that you, within the next month, appear publicly at a Town Hall meeting in your district.
Your constituents have, for weeks now, been petitioning your office via phone, email, letter, and in person to ask when you will host or attend a Town Hall meeting. These people, whom you purport to represent, wish to discuss with you the current political climate and the very important political decisions you and your colleagues in the congress have been contemplating and making in recent weeks. I am interested to understand what the Republican representatives in congress plan to propose to replace the imminent repeal of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA” aka ObamaCare). We see that over recent years, Republicans in congress have repeatedly attempted to repeal the ACA, and I believe that our leaders must have thought of what, if anything, will replace healthcare for millions of Americans who have come to depend on it.
BY Alma Schneider | Monday, Dec 26, 2016 9:47am
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I’m asking that the town of Montclair consider creating a Mentoring/Buddy System on school buses to foster a safe, fun environment.
Older students and peers can be trained to engage peers and younger students, especially vulnerable students, to create a friendly atmosphere on the buses where there are currently and historically complaints about teasing, bullying, unsafe and anxiety inducing behaviors. Continue Reading
BY Colleen Martinez | Wednesday, Dec 21, 2016 10:00am
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In response to the President Elect’s reported intention to engage in mass deportation of undocumented individuals in the United States, many schools and cities are coming out to declare themselves sanctuaries. Declaring itself as a Sanctuary City implies that the town leadership is in agreement that local funds will not be used to facilitate ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) removal and deportation of residents. Continue Reading
Tuesday, Nov 22, 2016 11:00am
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My wife and I had a terrible jolt as we were driving at a lower-than-legal speed in a nearby town on a recent dark and rainy night. We suddenly bolted as high as our seatbelts would allow as the car went over an invisible protruding curb.
The tire was destroyed and that wasn’t the end. Replacing the destroyed wheel will cost over $200. Labor is expensive, of course.
It has taken hours of my time.
We do NOT want any bump-outs on Grove Street and Elm Street, and preferably not elsewhere in Montclair. They are too dangerous even if we have a light next to each one — which is expensive too. Rain and dense fog happen. Do we want to subject Montclair residents and visitors to needless hazards?
— Fred Chichester