Latest JAMES AHEARN Stories

2008-09-24 15:00:21

By JAMES AHEARN FIVE MONTHS after proposing that all high school students take and pass college-prep courses to graduate, the Corzine administration is talking about how to make it happen. In a two-hour Powerpoint appearance last week before the state Board of Education, officials of the Department of Education endorsed these concepts: * Students differ, but all can learn with school support. * High school courses should be rigorous. Required courses should include algebra, geometry...

2008-08-24 15:00:29

By JAMES AHEARN EW JERSEY used to grant tenure to school superintendents. It was the only state that did so. The tenure law was doubtless seen as a reform when it was enacted in 1909. It protected educators from reprisals when they tried to do what was best for schools and children. However, boards of education, elected to make policy decisions for their districts, found that superintendents could ignore them with impunity. The superintendents, with a guarantee of lifetime employment,...

2008-08-21 15:00:57

By JAMES AHEARN WHEN I picked up The Record last week and saw the front-page mug shots of a dozen people, with a number under each, my first thought was it must be a rogues' gallery. I looked closer. The people in the photographs were school superintendents. They were in the news because they were the highest-paid superintendents in North Jersey. In addition to their salaries, their contracts provided various benefits: payment for unused sick and vacation leave, or tuition, or use of a...

2008-07-14 15:00:44

By JAMES AHEARN MANY MORE high school graduates leave New Jersey to attend college than come here from other states. In fact, New Jersey ranks first nationally in this imbalance. This has been true for decades. Politicians and educators regularly decry the situation, saying that it is embarrassing, that a state as affluent as ours should provide better for its young people. It might be argued in response that New Jersey saves big money by getting other states to assume a...

Word of the Day
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.