Friday, January 25, 2013
The creator of a controversial documentary on NJ schools is holding a conference in East Windsor this weekend, open to anyone with questions about the school choice movement.
School choice is an issue that's coming into its own in New Jersey, and Hoboken resident and filmmaker Bob Bowdon has had something to do with that. "The Cartel", Bowdon's award-winning 2009 documentary on what he sees as the low quality and runaway spending of the state's schools, has had a large part in changing the conversation on how schools should operate. That question is going to be the centerpiece in one of the first-ever conferences on school choice in New Jersey. That conference, the New Jersey School Choice Summit, takes place this Sunday, January 27, from 3 pm to 6 pm at the Central New Jersey Conference Center at the Holiday Inn in East Windsor. "It's going to be kind of cool," Bowdon said. "Ordinary people can ask questions …
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Delays have reached around an hour in the area, according to the Department of Transportation.
A car fire on the New Jersey Turnpike northbound in Cranbury has closed one lane Wednesday afternoon, according to the state Department of Transportation. The report came in around 4:27 p.m. and there is about an hour traffic delay northbound, and about a 10 to 15 minute delay southbound, the DOT reported. The right lane northbound is blocked. There are no injuries, according to the New Jersey State Police. Patch will update this story as more information becomes available.
Monday, May 21, 2012
Vendors from around the region set up at Association Park in Hightstown.
Dogs of all sizes invaded downtown Hightstown Saturday for the 6th Annual Paws Walk, held in Association Park. After a walk through the historic district, games and activities awaited the four-legged friends at the pet expo. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Beagle Brigade, which sniffs baggage for prohibited and undeclared fruits and meats at airports, was the newest attraction at this year’s Paws Walk. Other vendors, including Animal Friends for Education and Welfare, S.A.V.E. of Princeton, were set up in the park along with a puppy playground and Doggie Idol Season 2.
Friday, May 4, 2012
Mercer superintendents worried that extra tests will undercut ability of good teachers to engage with students.
Princeton is among the Mercer County school districts taking a wait-and-see approach to Gov. Chris Christie's proposed changes in state graduation requirements, saying the added testing may not be necessary. Princeton Superintendent Judy Wilson said she is reviewing the reforms outlined by the governor and Acting Education Commissioner Christopher Cerf on Tuesday to determine the impact on local students. Under the reforms, the state's public high school students will have to pass 12 statewide assessment tests before graduation. The changes will be phased in over the next five years beginning with the 2012-2013 school year and will take full effect in 2017, when today's fourth-graders enter high school. Christie and Cerf, who presented …