Princeton Public Schools Denies Staff Requests To Work Remotely And Offers Unpaid Leave

Below is a letter written to all Princeton Regional Public Schools’ staff from  Human Resources Director Michael Volpe, who says that the district is denying requests to teach from home. Instead, staff can take a one-year unpaid leave of absence. Planet Princeton’s Krystal Knapp comments, Planet Princeton asked a district spokesperson how many district teachers and staff members have requested the ability to work from home for the school year, how many were given an …

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 Were Begging For Decision-Making From the DOE”: NJ Superintendents Decry Lack of Leadership

Mike La Susa, Superintendent of School District of the Chathams in Morris County, is in a tough spot: His reopening plan still calls for in-district instruction but “if we’re faced with a continuing increase in the number of leave inquiries and potential leaves we could be in a different position a week from now, or ten days from now.”  What does LaSusa regard as a major contributing factor to the uncertainty?  “Not enough planning by …

“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 …

Murphy’s Executive Order For Districts Going Remote-Only

Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Requiring Schools to Open for In-Person Instruction and Permitting Districts to Provide Remote-Only Instruction if They Cannot Meet Health and Safety Protocols Executive Order Also Allows Institutions of Higher Education to Resume Broader In-Person Instruction TRENTON – Governor Phil Murphy and Department of Education Interim Commissioner Kevin Dehmer announced that New Jersey’s public and private school districts will be open for in-person instruction for the start of the school year. Public school …

Newark Charters Pledge to Exceed Health and Academic Standards During COVID

Today thirteen public charter schools in Newark signed the “COVID-19 Compact” that represents a commitment to common standards for the new school year. These standards promise Newark’s charter school families that schools will reopen responsibly, ensure high safety standards for students and staff, maintain the high-quality instruction both in buildings and at home, and support children’s social-emotional learning needs.  The Compact was created by all school leaders with support from the New Jersey Children’s Foundation. …

Letter From NJ Public Charter School Association Prez to NJ Dept. of Education re: School Reopenings.

This is a letter from Harry Lee, President of the New Jersey Charter School Association, dated today, to Kevin Dehmer, Interim Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Education, in reference to the DOE and Gov. Murphy’s mandate that all public schools open with some degree of in-building instruction. “We respectfully request immediate action,” Lee writes,”that would grant explicit permission for some charter schools to delay in-building instruction and to begin the 2020-2021 school year …

Lakewood Teachers Have 67 Questions For Lakewood Officials Determined to Reopen Schools Full-Time In-Person

The Lakewood Education Association, which represents all Lakewood teachers, paraprofessionals, and other staff, is hitting back against the district’s/attorney Michael Inzelbuch’s insistence on reopening schools full-time in-person. Last weekend Inzelbuch sent this letter to the union leaders. The union’s response? Sixty-seven questions, reproduced below. More generally, Dawn Hiltner, spokesperson for the Lakewood Education Association, told 101.5, Let’s say we get everybody back and then in three weeks we wind up having to shut everything down …

District and Charter Leaders Find Common Ground in Bucking DOE/Murphy Mandate For In-Person Instruction

It only took a pandemic for officers at the New Jersey Education Association to reach consensus with leaders of NJ’s charter school sector: Requiring some element of in-person learning starting on September 8th is unrealistic and dangerous for students and staff members. This common ground (also see here) is in direct opposition to the Department of Education guidance jointly issued by Governor Phil Murphy and then-Commissioner Lamont Repollet called “The Road Back: Restart and Recovery …