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New Jersey Colleges Listed in US News & World Report “2020 Best Colleges”

1400 institutions made the various lists; here are the New Jersey schools that did (NJCU is among them). We rank #33 out of 170 “top performers in social mobility”.

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How New Jersey School Districts Spend Their Monies

The 2019 Taxpayers Guide to Education Spending has just been released. Every district is profiled using multiple indicators. Want to know how much money your district spent? How much revenue came from the state? The teacher-pupil ratio? The cost per student? All of these questions and so many more are here.

Here are some numbers for Jersey City: total expenditures were $725, 612, 663; revenue from the state was 79.8%; the teacher pupil ratio was 11.4; and the total cost per student was $26, 028.

You can search by indicator, district, or group, and you can easily call up state averages medians as well. Access to prior reports are also available.

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New Jersey Postcards

The NJ State Library has a collection of slightly over 1800 postcards featuring various towns in the state. These tend to be representations from times past so they act as a primary source of information. This collection is arranged by town name; here are the postcards for Jersey City. The University of Maryland houses the National Trust Library Historic Postcard Collection that contains thousands of these items; you can search by state as well as by town. New Jersey is represented by over 500 of these.

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“Boroughitis” in Bergen County

This year 2019 will mark for many towns in Bergen County their 125th anniversary; that year saw many newly incorporated towns/villages being created. To read up on this, please consult this most informative research; this brief newspaper article summarizes the events.

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2019 New Jersey Memorial Day Events

Parades, celebrations, and other events will be held throughout the state; this leisure guide provides additional activities. Here you will find a fuller listing for Hudson County.

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Renovation Plans for the Port Authority Bus Terminal Revealed

This 181-page scoping document¬†presents three alternative construction scenarios to replace the aging structure, considered the world’s busiest bus terminal. Options include¬† rebuilding it while still having buses use the terminal, converting the bottom level of the Javits Center into a bus terminal, or using the bottom level of the Javits Center to accommodate long-haul buses and leave the terminal to service commuters, primarily from New Jersey. This press release provides additional information.

Here is a brief official history of the bus terminal; here is an FAQ about the master plan.

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State Financing for Higher Education, 2018 Report

While a few states have rebounded from the recession in their support of higher education, a vast majority have certainly not supported their state institutions. The State Higher Education Finance report for 2018 reveals the abysmal level of support for “state” institutions that in certain instances should negate the appellation of “state” due to the miserly amount of funding sent to these schools. New Jersey’s record of support has seen a steady erosion over the years and has dropped 27% since the recession, placing it among the least supportive governments. The report is replete with tables, charts, and figures along with additional supporting resources.

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