Archive for New Jersey

Historic New Jersey Newspapers Now Freely Online

The Chronicling America site at the Library of Congress now hosts 13 New Jersey newspapers ranging from the West-Jersey Pioneer (1851-1884) to the Perth Amboy evening news (1903-1959). Historical events such as the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, Black Tom, women’s suffrage, and the Hindenberg disaster are covered in these titles. Also, local news and politics fill the pages of these papers.

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Reopening Schools in New Jersey

EducatingNJ is a one-stop news site focusing on K-college level instruction in the age of COVID. Timely, informative articles, lists of school districts planning to reopen online, and other relevant writings are found here.

The education section of NJ Spotlight offers valuable information as well.

As of September 4, here is a listing of what school districts are planning for the resumption of instruction.

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Here Is a List of the New Jersey School Districts Going Online Only

As of this writing, this is the list of districts (139 at last count) that will be going virtual starting in September.

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Governor Murphy’s Plan for Re-Opening New Jersey

This just-announced plan – The Road Back: Restoring Economic Health Through Public Health – is composed of six steps to gradually bring New Jersey back. Here is the press release with additional information, and here is a video of his announcement.

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How New Jersey College Admissions Processes Have Changed in Light of COVID -19

How are New Jersey colleges navigating the uncertain waters of college admissions/campus tours/open houses during this time of stay-at-home orders and suggested travel restrictions? This NJ Spotlight piece sheds some light on what measures colleges are employing.

Many usefully relevant resources can be found at the National Association for College Admission Counseling.

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Triage in New Jersey During the COVID-19 Pandemic

This innocuously entitled document – Allocation of Critical Care Resources During a Public Health Emergency (Adapted from the University of Pittsburgh Model Policy*) – lays out the procedures to be employed to determine a patient’s fitness to utilize scare resources during a public health emergency.

The formation of triage teams, the ethical obligations of such teams, the establishment of a points-based assessment system, an appeals process, and many other factors are detailed in this sobering document. Let us hope it does not have to used.

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NJ Department of Health COVID-19 Guidelines for Colleges

This recent document is worth the read.

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NJ Governor Murphy’s 2021 Budget Address

You can watch it here, read it here, and peruse an overview here. Here is an informative article on what the budget contains for the various educational sectors on the state; numerous articles focus on other topics touched upon in his speech.

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2020 New Jersey Terrorism Threat Assessment

This just-released document presents an environmental scan on the various extremist groups, both right wing and left wing, that are identified as operating in New Jersey. Sections range from HVE (homegrown violent extremists – a high threat in New Jersey) to matters pertaining to cybersecurity (a moderate threat to New Jersey that saw more than 50 ransomware attacks). A timeline of incidents in New Jersey, definitions of terrorsist-related terms, and a linked list of pertinent reports generated by the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness only add to the utility of this report.

A podcast overview can also be consulted; it is part of a series of podcasts labeled Intelligence. Unclassified  that have now spanned five years. Very informative.

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New Jersey School Closings, Delays, Early Dismissals for Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Please come here for announcements; you can also check your school district’s web page.

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New Jersey School Closings, Delays, Early Dismissals for Monday, December 2, 2019

Here is a fairly comprehensive list; it will probably be updated as the day progresses.

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2019 National Blue Ribbon Schools Announced

Find out what New Jersey schools made the list. There are numerous filters at the main site to drill down the among the 362 schools that won this award; you can also access all the winners since 1982.

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New Jersey Second Best State in the Nation for Teachers

According to Wallet Hub’s 2019 Best & Worst States for Teachers, New Jersey ranks as the second best, just behind North Dakota; as it is, the Garden State ranks first in the “Academic & Work Environment” metric. Data were culled from both private and public resources. This high posting is reinforced by the Quality Counts 2018 that also has New jersey at the number two position in educational quality and services.

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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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