Letters about Education

New Jersey is Not Immune to Bigoted Book Bans
Laura Morowitz
Published: 01/28/2022
In many cases parents and school administrators are taking it upon themselves to determine what is “appropriate”  reading, despite having no qualifications or experience to judge. Why is it that so often the stories found to be “inappropriate” are those told from the point of view of the marginalized and oppressed: persecuted Jews, impoverished African-Americans and derided LGBTQ people? Read More
Board of EducationDisinformationEducationJoe PennacchioMike Testa
Senator Joe Pennacchio Is Deadly Wrong on Masks
Laura Morowitz
Published: 09/03/2021
And yet, in contrast to all the above things, wearing a mask can help prevent children from catching a disease that can kill people. Masks are non-invasive, they are cheap and they are easy. Being in the hospital is invasive, incredibly expensive and profoundly difficult. Stop catering to fool and the angry mob and do the right thing for the people of New Jersey. Read More
COVID-19EducationJoe Pennacchio
In response to “In defense of the police” letter to the editor from August 20, 2020
Maria Eva Dorigo
Published: 08/26/2020
Also, as Angela Davis says: Prisons don’t disappear social problems they disappear human beings.” We need to stop feeding the system. Police departments and police officers have a huge responsibility, they are the “gatekeepers”. Police departments can be part of the solution on the reduction of prison population. Read More
Criminal Justice ReformEducationCivilian Complaint Review BoardEssex County, NJJail ReformMontclairYouth JusticeJail ReformNewark, NJDefund the PolicePolicing
In Favor Of Restorative Practices At Schools
Maria Eva Dorigo
Published: 02/27/2020
Restorative practice is an excellent alternative to punitive methods, which we need to eradicate from school settings, and when it is well used, is a fantastic tool to solve conflicts and prevent them from ever happening. Read More
EducationRestorative PracticeMontclair
Youth Justice And School Segregation Need Similar Approaches
Matt Dragon @matt_dragon
Published: 01/15/2020
NJ’s segregated schools and inequality in youth justice have the same racist roots. The issues are intertwined. Join me in asking the Governor to listen on both. Read More
Phil MurphyEducationYouth Justice
Path to Progress is the wrong direction for towns and teachers
Kristin Shea
Published: 10/10/2019
I encourage residents to look into Sweeney’s proposed legislation and decide whether you want to see Trenton decide how schools should be run. Read More
Steve SweeneyVeronaEducationTeachersPath to Progress