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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Helpful website all about April 27 school election.

The New Jersey School Boards Association has created a website focused on the April 27 statewide school election, at www.VoteApril27.com. According to the site, its mission is:
We want as many New Jersey citizens as possible to participate in the April 27, 2011 school election.
Some text from the intro on the homepage:
As a citizen of the State of New Jersey, voting in your local school election is a civic duty. Statewide, on April 27, voters like you will act on a combined total of more than $13 billion in proposed locally funded school expenditures. They will also select more than 1,500 local school board positions. But as impressive as these statewide numbers are, the true significance of the Annual School Election takes place at the local level—in your community. You will be able to vote on your school district’s individual budget proposal, an opportunity available to citizens in only a handful of states. You will also choose the men and women who will represent you on your school district’s board of education.

When you were young, you went to school in your hometown. Your parents likely chose that town because they believed that it offered the best possible education for you. Your education played an important role in making you the person you are today. It may have enabled you to attend the college of your choice, to get the job you want and much more.

Your participation on April 27 goes beyond personal impact, however. Your school property taxes can be viewed two ways: first, as a levy that funds a government service and, second, as an investment that has a far-reaching impact on the children and the residents of your community. A community’s property values, its quality of life and its social fabric are all related to the strength of its schools.
It's an interesting site, and includes things like a video explaining how school budgets are developed (disclaimer: I haven't watched it yet), and special sections for parents, senior citizens, students and voters. Click here to check it out.


Anonymous said...

Posted by Dom Nizza:
Laurie Goodman, thank you for the connecting LINKS in this topic page. I shared the information the best way I knew how at the Ridgewood Patch site, with two comments and interesting LINK:

Thanks to Dr. Fisbein and all the others that attended. I posted a LINK video by Dr Vagerie A. Goger also from Bernardo Township. She's prettier than Dr Fishbein don't you think?

Stay well all.. Dom

Laurie said...

Thanks, Dom! Nice to see you yesterday!

Anonymous said...

Teacher peer review should be a component. If a teacher is not preparing his/her students it will become glaringly obvious to the next grade level teacher. Peer review takes place all the time in other disciplines and is a good way to weed out the dead wood.