More Lakewood Internal Emails: Board Attorney Accuses Union President of “Hate and Personal Bias”

That’s Gustavo Martinez of the Asbury Park Press, who has been doing a stellar job covering the latest antics at Lakewood Public School District. Currently the district is one of 59 (out of 611) open for learning full-time five-days-a-week learning, despite teachers’ pleas to adopt a hybrid schedule because, the union alleges, the district is out of compliance with New Jersey’s social distancing and hygiene rules. Martinez’s reporting appears to verify that. Among the complaints …

Internal Emails Between Lakewood Union President and Board Attorney: “Repulsive Conduct” or “Undocumented Allegations”?

For many New Jersey school districts today is opening day. What that day looks like — viewed through chromebooks, plexiglass and social-distancing, or a hybrid of the two — depends on your district’s reopening plan, which must be approved by the NJ Department of Education. According to the latest information about the 607 districts and other schools with approved plans, 354 are following a hybrid plan, 172 are going all-remote, 59 are in-person and 22 are …

NJ Parent: The Department of Education’s Reopening Plan “Says Nothing!”

A New Jersey parent emailed NJLB to express her thoughts on the New Jersey Department of Education’s management of school reopenings. At her request, this post is anonymous. A Road Back to where? In a state that touts diversity, not one document by the New Jersey Department of Education has been translated into any other language. So these high-level documents like the DOE’s reopening plan, Restart and Recovery: The Road Back, (that truly says nothing …

Parent Lets Loose At District’s “Piss-Poor” Reopening Plan: “My Trust Is Broken.”

This is a comment on the Facebook page of the Lakewood Education Association attached to a post that reprints the resignations of two (and counting) Lakewood teachers distraught over the district’s plan for full-time in-person school days. (More here.) One of the commenters is Lakewood attorney Michael Inzelbuch, whose participation angered some teachers. Below is a staff member’s response to his presence. Michael Inzelbuch why are you on this page? It’s a serious conflict of …

“We Should Not Be Forced To Choose Between Our Job and Our Life”: Teacher Resignations Rise in New Jersey (New: Update on Lakewood)

Advance Media has an article today entitled “Surge in N.J. teacher leave requests is crushing school reopening plans.” The Asbury Park Press has an article today entitled “Ocean Twp. schools will start remotely after 37 staff members take leave of absence,” busting up the plan for a hybrid of remote and in-school instruction. At Governor Livingston High School in Berkeley Heights, 17 out of 90 teachers won’t show up so the school will go all-remote …

School Reopening Plans Backlogged at DOE While School Leaders Lament Lack of Leadership

I’ve had a lot of superintendents, a lot of principals from my area reach out lamenting kind of the lack of guidance they have received from the Department of Education. My office tried facilitating even conference calls with the DOE and our superintendents and we never even received a response back from DOE to help schedule some of these things. Per Carly Sitrin today at Politico (behind a paywall), that’s Assemblymember Holly Schepisi speaking at …

Lakewood Parents on In-School Instruction: “We’re Only Here As Props!”

Lakewood Public Schools has carefully orchestrated its plan to open schools for full-day in-person instruction on September 4th. Yet efforts to control perception and press only go so far, and at Lakewood’s school board meeting last week, things went a bit sideways. Every day media outlets receive a flurry of emails from Lakewood school board attorney Michael Inzelbuch: my inbox today included bus schedules, a letter from the New Jersey Department of Education approving the …

Murphy Has A Reminder For School Districts at Today’s Press Conference

At today’s daily press briefing on COVID-19, Gov. Phil Murphy reminded school districts that if they plan on taking him up on his offer to start off the school year with full-time virtual learning, they must resubmit reopening plans to their executive county superintedent as well as the state Department of Education, now headed by Interim Commissioner Kevin Dehmer. According to ROI, All schools proposing all-remote learning must cite specific health and safety reasons, certified …

“Flexibility” Is Fine, Gov. Murphy, But Not When It’s an Evasion of Leadership.

Dear Governor Murphy,  Today you have an op-ed in NJ Spotlight asserting that New Jersey’s education system is a “gem” and one hallmark of that brilliance is your Department of Education’s emphasis on “flexibility” and “local control”as we prepare to reopen schools. You call your cascading series of announcements –all schools must have some element of in-building instruction, all schools must have the option of starting all remote, actually only some schools have the option …

New Jersey Superintendents Enraged By Murphy’s “Abdication of Responsibility”

In my experience, school superintendents are gracious and diplomatic when faced with hardships, whether dealt unexpected cuts in state aid, new regulations, or community uproars. Oh, they may vent in private but their public remarks are even-handed, focused on solutions and compromises. And they hardly ever ding a politician. Judging by Twitter, they’ve reached their breaking point as Gov. Phil Murphy –seemingly by the day—changes rules for reopening schools. First every student had to have …