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  • These 25 school districts have the fewest white students -- a lawsuit says that's illegal (NJ)

    05/21/2018 1:47:06 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 76 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | May 20, 2018 | Adam Clark and Carla Astudillo
    A lawsuit filed last week calls for the desegregation of New Jersey schools, a potentially game-changing legal challenge for minority students across the state. But how segregated are the state's schools? Just 0.3 percent of the more than 6,700 students in Irvington Public Schools are white, making it the most non-white school district in the state, according to data from the nonprofit Center on Diversity and Equality in Education And that's far from the only example of students of color being isolated. About 66 percent of New Jersey's African American students and 62 percent of its Latino students attend schools...
  • 19 states sue Trump admin to keep funding Planned Parenthood

    05/21/2018 12:09:12 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 05/21/2018 | Calvin Freiburger
    LOS ANGELES, California, May 18, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) -- California’s Democratic Attorney General Xavier Becerra is leading a coalition of 20 attorneys general, representing 19 states plus Washington, D.C., opposing a Trump administration rule change that prioritizes abstinence education over contraception distribution in family planning funds. In February, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that abstinence messages and natural family planning methods would be given priority in distributing $260 million worth of family planning grants. The announcement did not mention artificial birth control. In response, Planned Parenthood affiliates in Ohio, Utah, and Wisconsin, as well as the American...
  • Principal says sorry for 'insensitive' words on prom tickets(Party like it's 1776)

    05/21/2018 9:42:31 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 40 replies
    Associated press ^ | May 21, 2018
    . The principal of a New Jersey high school has apologized for what he called "insensitive" language on tickets for the upcoming senior prom. The Courier Post reported the Cherry Hill High School East senior prom tickets urged students to "party like it's 1776" during the event at Philadelphia's National Constitution Center.
  • Bernard Lewis, Influential and Renowned Middle East Scholar, Dies at 101

    05/20/2018 7:13:36 PM PDT · by Borges · 13 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 5/20/2018 | Ofer Aderet
    Jewish-American historian Bernard Lewis, one of the most famous and influential Middle East scholars in the world who warned of a "clash of civilizations" between Islam and the West, died Saturday at the age of 101 in New Jersey. Lewis was a consultant to both Israeli leaders and two U.S. presidents. Generations of students, intelligence personnel and diplomats learned about the history of Islam through his writings. His research, which dealt with the history of the Middle East, brought him fame, but also many critics and enemies around the world. One of his strongest critics was the Palestinian-born intellectual Edward...
  • Connecticut labeled “untruthful” for hiding $10 billion in retiree healthcare costs

    05/20/2018 10:03:30 PM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    Yankee Institute for Public Policy. ^ | May 18, 2018 | Marc E. Fitch
    Connecticut’s official balance sheets will be noticeably worse next year due to changes in how the state reports its retiree healthcare liabilities... Truth in Accounting issued Connecticut a failing grade based on its 2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and said the state is “hiding” $10.4 billion in retiree healthcare debt. “Connecticut’s financial condition is not only concerning, but also misleading as government officials failed to disclose significant amounts of retirement debt on the state’s balance sheet,” the report says. “As a result, residents and taxpayers have been presented with an inaccurate and untruthful accounting of the state government’s finances.” According...
  • 23 insane, disgusting and flat-out inhumane claims from Mountainside police lawsuit

    05/18/2018 6:28:43 PM PDT · by ropin71 · 31 replies
    NJ.com ^ | May 18, 2018 | Jessica Remo
    Sexual harassment. Homophobic games. Racial slurs. Testicles on a soda can. A chief who points his gun at his officers. A computer riddled with porn viruses. And, to top it all off, a big blue dildo. These are among the many, many antics alleged by Mountainside police officers and borough employees against other officers in a recently filed lawsuit — a 46-page tale that suggests the craziest things happening in the teeny, sleepy, fewer-than-7,000-residents borough of Mountainside have been occurring inside the police department.
  • Was School Bus Trying To Make Illegal U-Turn Before Rt. 80 Crash?

    05/18/2018 7:56:55 AM PDT · by sevinufnine · 46 replies
    Long Valley Patch ^ | 05/18/2018 | Katie Kausch
    Authorities are investigating the possibility that the school bus involved in Thursday's fatal crash was making an illegal U-turn when it was hit a dump truck on I-80. Investigators told NBC 4 that video footage from a Department of Transportation camera shows the bus cutting across lanes of traffic to attempt an illegal through a U-turn area for emergency vehicles. The video reportedly shows the dump truck slamming into the bus as it attempts to get onto I-80 eastbound. Officials have not yet spoken to the driver of the bus, who underwent surgery following the crash, NBC 4 says.
  • Supreme Court strikes down law banning sports betting

    05/14/2018 7:24:41 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/14/2018 | Lydia Wheeler
    The Supreme Court has struck down a federal law that banned sports betting in almost every state across the country, handing former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) a major win to bolster his legacy. New Jersey has been fighting since 2010 to make sports wagering legal at racetracks and casinos in the state, but had repeatedly been blocked by the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992. The Court ruled 7-2 that PASPA’s provisions prohibiting states from authorizing and licensing a sports gabling scheme violates the anti-commandeering rule. In delivering the opinion of the court, Justice Samuel Alito...
  • N.J. Republican is in big trouble because of Trump. Here's what he's doing about it.

    05/14/2018 6:37:28 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 25 replies
    NJ Advance media ^ | May 14, 2018
    .WASHINGTON -- Longtime Rep. Leonard Lance is in for the fight of his life as New Jersey's most vulnerable Republican lawmaker in a state that clearly doesn't like President Donald Trump. As he runs for re-election this fall in one of only 23 Republican-held House districts whose voters supported Democrat Hillary Clinton for president, Lance has been more willing to vote against Trump and his GOP colleagues. In fact, Lance, R-7th Dist., last year was rated as more liberal and less conservative than his lifetime record in Washington, according to a NJ Advance Media analysis of legislative scorecards from seven...
  • Quick release of gun data called trailblazing and troubling

    05/13/2018 7:10:56 PM PDT · by Magnatron · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 13 May 2018 | MIKE CATALINI
    Gun control advocates are hailing New Jersey's release of near-real-time firearms trafficking data as a trailblazing use of federal information, but Second Amendment advocates and skeptical Republicans question whether the report amounts to a way around a federal limitation on the release of some data. Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy unveiled the data Tuesday as part of a campaign promise to strengthen New Jersey's already-tight gun laws. The colorful, four-page report uses what gun control supporters say is a novelty: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives gun-trace data for the first quarter of 2018 to show that 77 percent of...
  • Hamilton teachers union prez resigns over Project Veritas fallout

    05/13/2018 1:36:37 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 15 replies
    The Trentonian ^ | POSTED: 05/11/18, 8:58 PM EDT | UPDATED: 1 DAY AGO | Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, The Trentonian
    Dave Perry in a screenshot from the Project Veritas video. HAMILTON >> The Hamilton teachers union boss who got suspended for making inappropriate comments to an undercover Project Veritas newswoman has stepped aside. “I can confirm that David Perry resigned as HTEA president effective Thursday, May 3,” a spokesman for the New Jersey Education Association said Friday via email. ... snip ... Some of Perry’s eyebrow-raising quotes during the encounter on March 27 were: “I’m not here to hurt anybody. I’m here to defend. No matter, the worst teachers in the world, I have defended.” “I got people who are...
  • Haddonfield Memorial High School Cancels Boy’s Lacrosse Season After Alleged Racial Slur Incident

    05/12/2018 7:08:47 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 53 replies
    CBS News Philadelphia ^ | 05/11/2018 | staff
    The boy’s lacrosse season has been canceled at Haddonfield Memorial High School following an alleged racial slur incident, school officials announced on Friday. The school says an investigation began after a Haddonfield student allegedly used a racial slur directed toward a female athlete visiting the school. --SNIP-- Diversity, sensitivity, and empathy training will be conducted for all students, staff, coaches and sports teams, the school added.
  • Parents, students upset with New Jersey school’s new ‘inclusive’ cheerleading policy

    05/11/2018 8:17:24 AM PDT · by ethom · 39 replies
    WBS ^ | 6:50 , May 10, 2018
    EAST HANOVER, N.J. – Everybody makes the team. A New Jersey high school drew heat from students and parents for a new policy that says everyone makes the cheerleading squad or no one does. According to WCBS, the change came after a mother complained that her child didn’t make the cut. To make the cheerleading squad at Hanover Park High School, prospective members go through a tryout in which coaches score them on things like jumps and choreography before making their final picks for the team. But after the mother whose daughter didn’t make the squad complained after last month’s...
  • NJ Gov. Murphy Allows Illegal Immigrants to Get College Financial Aid, Challenges Trump

    05/10/2018 6:16:54 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | 05/09/2018 | staff
    New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) signed a bill Wednesday that allows New Jersey college students who are in the country illegally to obtain financial aid for their education, several news outlets reported. Murphy called the United States the "world's melting pot" where people come "in the hope of a new life," when he signed the legislation at Rutgers-Newark, according to NJ.com. The bill's sponsor, State Senator Teresa Ruiz (D-Newark), praised Murphy's move, saying that the Garden State prides itself in investing in "all of our students throughout their K-12 academic careers." She said it is not right to limit...
  • Connecticut To Give Its Electoral College Votes To National Popular Vote Victor

    05/07/2018 2:19:36 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 141 replies
    MSN ^ | 5-7-2018 | Dominique Mosbergen
    Connecticut’s legislature has passed a bill that would give the state’s Electoral College votes to the presidential candidate who wins the popular vote nationally. The state Senate voted 21-14 on Saturday to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, which includes 10 states and the District of Columbia. The state House passed the measure last week, 77 to 73. The compact requires its members to cast their Electoral College ballots for the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote. The agreement goes into effect once states representing at least 270 electoral votes — the number needed for a candidate...
  • N.J. could soon allow undocumented immigrants to get driver licenses

    05/04/2018 11:39:17 AM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 21 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | May 4, 2018 | Matt Arco
    New Jersey is taking steps to join a dozen states in the nation that give driver licenses to undocumented immigrants. Gov. Phil Murphy supports it and legislation has been introduced in both chambers of the Legislature. But more than that, the state's Motor Vehicle Commission is preparing for the measure. The head of the MVC, Sue Fulton, told lawmakers this week the office has reached out to other states that offer licenses to undocumented immigrants to learn up on the requirements. "We are aware of the governor's intent on this matter, and we're leaning forward in terms of learning more,"...
  • My clients are fleeing NJ like it is on fire

    05/04/2018 11:01:48 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 66 replies
    WSJ ^ | 5/2/18 | James Freeman
    That headline arrives via email from a money manager in northern New Jersey. The Garden State already has the third largest overall tax burden and the country’s highest property tax collections per capita. Now that federal reform has limited the deduction for state and local taxes, the price of government is surging again among high-income earners in New Jersey and other blue states. Taxpayers are searching for the exits. In the financial industry of course it’s not just the clients who are looking for greener pastures. One hedge fund manager moving his office to a southern state reports that his...
  • Trump tax cut leaves blue states bluer, but they do have a way out (SALT sends NY, CA scrambling)

    05/04/2018 7:18:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 05/04/2018 | HUNT LAWRENCE AND DANIEL J. FLYNN
    High-tax states face a choice: reduce taxes or lose taxpayers. Stephen Moore and Art Laffer forecast in the Wall Street Journal the loss of 800,000 California and New York residents over the next three years. The exodus, the economics experts say, comes because of the tax bill, which limits the state and local tax (SALT) deduction to $10,000, passed in December. Previously, the feds forced no monetary limit on filers. California taxes individuals earning $1 million or more at a rate of 13.3 percent. New York levies an 8.8 percent rate upon individuals making a similar amount of money annually....
  • Ridgefield NJ students participate in national walkout to Stand for the Second Amendment

    05/04/2018 5:45:02 AM PDT · by dead · 10 replies
    NorthJersey.com ^ | 5/2/18 | Katie Sobko, Staff Writer, @katesobko
    While much attention has been paid to his peers pushing for gun law reforms, a Ridgefield High School sophomore thinks his message is just as important. On Wednesday morning, Mario Giordano led about 100 students on a walkout in support of the Second Amendment. It was part of a national "Stand for the Second" event that saw marches in an estimated 40 states. The 10 a.m. walkout started at the high school and ended with a presentation at a nearby community center, where Giordano spoke. Other New Jersey walkouts occurred in Cherry Hill and Jersey City. “The Second Amendment requires...
  • 2nd N.J. teachers union prez suspended after undercover video

    05/03/2018 9:47:30 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 18 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | May 3, 2018 | Terrence T. McDonald
    The Union City teachers union chief is under fire after the release of an undercover video that shows her denigrating some of the city's public-school students, suggesting a teacher not report that he hurt a student and referring to a Union City teacher who had sex with a child but was not charged criminally. Conservative group Project Veritas, which has been slammed by the statewide teachers union for "using dishonest and illegal tactics to fabricate false stories," released the 15-minute video on Wednesday morning, one day following the release of a similar video that resulted in the suspension of a...