UPDATE: 'Inappropriate Comment' Temporarily Halts Distribution Of NJ School Yearbook UPDATE: 'Inappropriate Comment' Temporarily Halts Distribution Of NJ School Yearbook
Update: 'Inappropriate Comment' Temporarily Halts Distribution Of NJ School Yearbook A graduating Ramapo Indian Hills High School student intended "no harm or offense" with an "inappropriate comment" in the senior yearbook, the district's acting chief said Thursday night. According to parents, a graduating senior included an untoward reference to a Jewish Holocaust victim under his portrait photo. In response, Ramapo Indian Hills High School District Acting Supt. Dr. Melissa Quackenbush said officials were halting the distribution of the remaining yearbooks and were talking with the distributor about reprints. "Additionally, we are consulting with the Jewish Federatio…
NJ District To Cut 51 Teachers, Staff In 'Most Difficult' Budget Of Superintendent's Career NJ District To Cut 51 Teachers, Staff In 'Most Difficult' Budget Of Superintendent's Career
NJ District To Cut 51 Teachers, Staff In 'Most Difficult' Budget Of Superintendent's Career In his 31 years of leading school districts, East Brunswick Public Schools Superintendent Victor Valeski said he'd never had to craft a school budget as difficult as the one for 2024-25. There was an $7.8 million rise in costs and $1.3 million reduction in state aid in next year's school budget.  "This is by far the hardest and most impactful," Valeski told Daily Voice. A total of 51 staff members had to be eliminated, Valeski said. The cuts included 15 teachers, 10 instructional coaches, seven school counselors and the assistant superintendent of student activities and services. Th…
Rutgers Failed To Listen To Pleas From Jewish Faculty, Students On Campus, NJ Congressmen Say Rutgers Failed To Listen To Pleas From Jewish Faculty, Students On Campus, NJ Congressmen Say
Rutgers Failed To Listen To Pleas From Jewish Faculty, Students On Campus, NJ Congressmen Say A pair of New Jersey congressmen have made an urgent request for Rutgers University to address the antisemitism and safety concerns raised for months by Jewish students on campus. In a letter sent Wednesday, May 8 to Rutgers University President Jonathan Holloway, Democratic U.S. Reps. Josh Gottheimer and Donald Norcross said the university has a responsibility to ensure the safety and inclusion of all faculty and students on campus "after the administration appeased the demands of violent and hateful agitators." The lawmakers also demanded answers about whether the administration consulted…
East Brunswick High School Locked Down After Fight Erupts Among Multiple Students: Police East Brunswick High School Locked Down After Fight Erupts Among Multiple Students: Police
East Brunswick High School Locked Down After Fight Erupts Among Multiple Students: Police East Brunswick High School was locked down on Wednesday morning, May 8 due to a fight among multiple students, authorities said. At approximately 9:30 a.m., East Brunswick police responded to the school on Cranbury Road for the report of a fight, police said. Prior to police arrival, it was reported that the fight dispersed in multiple directions, according to Lt. Jason Fama, a department spokesman. "Out of an abundance of caution, the school was placed into lockdown until the incident was de-escalated and brought under control," Fama told Daily Voice. There were no reported injuries or a…
Rutgers President Called To Testify Before Congress On Deal With Pro-Palestine Protesters Rutgers President Called To Testify Before Congress On Deal With Pro-Palestine Protesters
Rutgers President Called To Testify Before Congress On Deal With Pro-Palestine Protesters Rutgers University President Jonathan Holloway has been called to testify before Congress later this month about his handling of pro-Palestinian protesters, authorities confirmed. U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx, a Republican from North Carolina, the chair of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, announced Monday, May 6 that she postponed appearances by the presidents of Yale University and the University of Michigan and scheduled Holloway and Northwestern President Michael Schill to speak on May 23. "Over the last several days, the presidents of Northwestern and Rutgers have made shocki…
Rutgers Cancels Final Exams In New Brunswick Amid Pro-Palestine Protests (PHOTOS) Rutgers Cancels Final Exams In New Brunswick Amid Pro-Palestine Protests (PHOTOS)
Rutgers Cancels Final Exams In New Brunswick Amid Pro-Palestine Protests (Photos) Final exams and all other academic activities have been canceled at the Rutgers University's College Avenue campus amid pro-Palestinian protests, officials confirmed. The university made the announcement on X (formerly Twitter) shortly before 8 a.m. “Please contact your dean for further information,” the Rutgers-New Brunswick account said. “Activities on all other campuses will proceed as planned.” Photos were posted on social media by Students for Justice In Palestine. View this post on Instagram A post shared by SJP Rutgers-NB (@sjprutgers…
'We Sang Zip-Tied And Handcuffed': Arrested Princeton Students Speak Out 'We Sang Zip-Tied And Handcuffed': Arrested Princeton Students Speak Out
'We Sang Zip-Tied And Handcuffed': Arrested Princeton Students Speak Out What Princeton University officials called a dangerous situation was described as anything but by student organizers. The 13 individuals arrested at the occupation of Clio Hall, home of the grad school at the Ivy League college, on Monday, April 29, have released statements. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Princeton Israeli Apartheid Divest (@princetondivestnow) In one, the students said they'd organized a "peaceful sit-in" in Clio Hall, accompanied by Professor Ruha Benjamin, acting as a legal and faculty observer. "Police arre…
Princeton VP Hints At More Arrests, Commencement Consequences Of Pro-Palestine Protests Princeton VP Hints At More Arrests, Commencement Consequences Of Pro-Palestine Protests
Princeton VP Hints At More Arrests, Commencement Consequences Of Pro-Palestine Protests Princeton University's vice president for campus life hinted at more arrests and graduation consequences in the ongoing pro-Palestine protests In a letter to students Tuesday evening, April 30. Thirteen pro-Palestinian protestors were arrested at the Ivy League college on Monday evening, April 29 after briefly occupying Clio Hall, home of the graduate school, university officials said. Those arrested at the school included five undergraduates, six graduate students, one postdoctoral researcher and one person not affiliated with the university, Princeton President Christopher …
Grad Hall Takeover: Pro-Palestine Protest At Princeton Ends In 13 Arrests, Officials Say Grad Hall Takeover: Pro-Palestine Protest At Princeton Ends In 13 Arrests, Officials Say
Grad Hall Takeover: Pro-Palestine Protest At Princeton Ends In 13 Arrests, Officials Say Thirteen pro-Palestinian protestors were arrested at Princeton University on Monday evening, April 29 after briefly occupying Clio Hall, home of the graduate school, university officials confirmed. Those arrested at the Ivy League school included five undergraduates, six graduate students, one postdoctoral researcher and one person not affiliated with the university, Princeton President Christopher L. Eisgruber said in a statement. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Princeton Israeli Apartheid Divest (@princetondivestnow) …
Princeton Grad Students Arrested At Pro-Palestinian Protest (PHOTOS) Princeton Grad Students Arrested At Pro-Palestinian Protest (PHOTOS)
Princeton Grad Students Arrested At Pro-Palestinian Protest (Photos) Two Princeton University graduate students were arrested and barred from campus during a pro-Palestinian protest on Thursday, April 25, authorities said. The arrests came as pro-Palestinian student encampments are being set up on multiple university campuses nationwide. Various pro-Palestinian Princeton groups shared footage to social media. View this post on Instagram A post shared by PSL New Jersey (@pslnewjersey) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Princeton Israeli Apartheid Divest …
Best High Schools: New Jersey Well-Represented In New National Rankings Best High Schools: New Jersey Well-Represented In New National Rankings
Best High Schools: New Jersey Well-Represented In New National Rankings New Jersey is well-represented in brand-new rankings of the nation's best high schools. US News & World report released its annual list on Tuesday morning, April 23. The rankings were determined by performance on state-required tests, graduation, and how well they prepare students for college. Two New Jersey schools made the top 50 in the U.S: High Technology High School in Lincroft at No. 24, and Edison Academy Magnet School at No. 42. According to US News & World Report, The top 10 best high schools in the Garden State are: No. 10: Academy for Allied Health Sciences …
NJ Teacher Accused Of Touching Student In Hallway Slapped With Disorderly Persons Offense NJ Teacher Accused Of Touching Student In Hallway Slapped With Disorderly Persons Offense
NJ Teacher Accused Of Touching Student In Hallway Slapped With Disorderly Persons Offense A Marlboro middle school teacher accused by a parent of assaulting a student in the hallway has been slapped with a disorderly persons offense. On Friday, April 19, Jenna Sciabica, 38, was charged with one count of harassment-offensive touching, which is considered a petty disorderly persons offense, in connection with a March 13 incident, Marlboro police and online records say. Teacher Jenna Sciabica charged after inappropriate touching claim https://t.co/oR03iOdUtf — Avi Lehrer (@lehrer_avi) April 21, 2024 The incident involved "offensive touching over the clothes" in the hallway of …
NJ Daycare Worker Caused Child's Nose Bleed In Series Of Assaults, Police Papers Say NJ Daycare Worker Caused Child's Nose Bleed In Series Of Assaults, Police Papers Say
NJ Daycare Worker Caused Child's Nose Bleed In Series Of Assaults, Police Papers Say Three students at a preschool in Mercer County were hit and grabbed aggressively by a childcare teacher, authorities said. In one of the incidents at the Malvern School on Route 33 in Robbinsville, the teacher's slap caused a nosebleed, according to an affidavit of probable cause obtained by Daily Voice. Another incident caused a visible injury to an arm, the paperwork says. Ekta Dwarkesh, 45, of South Brunswick, is charged with three counts of endangering the welfare of a child by abuse or neglect, according to the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office. Surveillance video from the school…
'White Student Union:' Officials Remain Tight-Lipped Amid Racial Probe At NJ High School 'White Student Union:' Officials Remain Tight-Lipped Amid Racial Probe At NJ High School
'White Student Union:' Officials Remain Tight-Lipped Amid Racial Probe At NJ High School An unofficial high school club accused of racial bias is under investigation by the Camden County Prosecutor's Office and local police. Members of a non-sanctioned club at Collingswood High School called the "White Student Union" allegedly spew racist slurs against some students, according to a report by 6abc.com. Students told the news outlet that the behavior has been getting worse.  "This is an active and ongoing investigation by the Collingswood Police Department and the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office," said Donna Weaver, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor. "As such, we are n…
Seaside Heights Voters Reject Merger With Toms River School District: Unofficial Results Seaside Heights Voters Reject Merger With Toms River School District: Unofficial Results
Seaside Heights Voters Reject Merger With Toms River School District: Unofficial Results Seaside Heights voters rejected a plan to merge the island borough's school district with the Toms River Regional School District. According to unofficial results, 232 voters in Seaside Heights voted "no" on the merger, while 167 voters said "yes" in the referendum on Tuesday, Apr. 16. The plan would have eventually closed the Seaside district's only school Hugh J. Boyd, Jr. Elementary School. Mainland voters overwhelmingly approved the merger plan, which would have gone into effect in the 2024-25 school year. In Beachwood, Pine Beach, South Toms River, and Toms River, 7,186 voters sai…
Brake-Checking, Racist Parent Vowed To Have NJ Bus Driver Fired — And She Was: Lawsuit Brake-Checking, Racist Parent Vowed To Have NJ Bus Driver Fired — And She Was: Lawsuit
Brake-Checking, Racist Parent Vowed To Have NJ Bus Driver Fired — And She Was: Lawsuit A black school bus driver claims she was fired after an encounter with a racist parent who confronted her on the road in Cumberland County, court papers say. Genera Fisher filed a lawsuit against the Millville Public Charter School on March 7 in Superior Court, alleging she was let go "in retaliation for her protected activity of reporting a hate crime and/or racial harassment."  The alleged road rage incident occurred on March 3, 2023, according to the lawsuit which described the scene: A car driven by another student's parent brake-checking and turning without signaling in …
Dad Arrested Trying To Defend Daughter In NJ Classroom Confrontation: Police Dad Arrested Trying To Defend Daughter In NJ Classroom Confrontation: Police
Dad Arrested Trying To Defend Daughter In NJ Classroom Confrontation: Police A South Jersey dad has been charged with making "terroristic threats" and threatening to "knock out" her daughter's peer in an apparent attempt to defend her in a high school classroom in Gloucester County, police paperwork says. Aaron Thomas went into a Paulsboro High School classroom Monday, March 11 while signing his daughter out around 11:30 a.m., an affidavit of probable cause obtained by Daily Voice says. Thomas, 38, was reportedly upset over photos being air-dropped, and was shouting and threatening to "knock the f— out" a student, paperwork says. At one point, Thomas got …
Seaside Heights, Toms River Schools Could Merge After OK From State Officials Seaside Heights, Toms River Schools Could Merge After OK From State Officials
Seaside Heights, Toms River Schools Could Merge After OK From State Officials New Jersey's top education officials have signed-off on a referendum for a merger between two school districts. On Friday, March 8, Acting New Jersey Department of Education Commissioner Kevin Dehmer approved Seaside Heights merging with the Toms River Regional school district. The Central Regional School District had petitioned against the merger, but Dehmer said that Seaside Heights is closer in proximity to Toms River, so transportation will be cheaper and more time-efficient. He also said the merger would be unlikely to "increase or exacerbate the segregation of students by racial, …
South Jersey Schools Closed, Delayed Due To Major Winter Storm South Jersey Schools Closed, Delayed Due To Major Winter Storm
South Jersey Schools Closed, Delayed Due To Major Winter Storm Some South Jersey school districts are canceling classes or delaying the start of school before a winter storm that's expected on Tuesday, Feb. 13. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for Mercer, Middlesex, and Monmouth Counties. There is also a coastal flood warning in Atlantic, Burlington, Cape May, Middlesex, Monmouth, and Ocean counties. The NWS predicts four to six inches of snow in Trenton, three to four inches in Long Branch, and one to two inches in Toms River. Southern Jersey Shore places like Atlantic City, Cape May County, Long Beach, Ocean City, and Vinela…
NJ High School Educator Nominated For National Teacher Of The Year NJ High School Educator Nominated For National Teacher Of The Year
NJ High School Educator Nominated For National Teacher Of The Year A Monmouth County educator who was named New Jersey's teacher of the year could also get the same recognition nationally. Joe Nappi, a history and social studies teacher at Monmouth Regional High School in Tinton Falls, is one of four finalists for the 2024 National Teacher of the Year award, The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) announced. Nappi won the state's Teacher of the Year award in September 2023. The other finalists are Cat Walker from Alaska, Christy Todd from Georgia, and Missy Testerman from Tennessee. Nappi is the third Garden State educator to be a nati…
Stomach Virus Closes Central Jersey Elementary School Stomach Virus Closes Central Jersey Elementary School
Stomach Virus Closes Central Jersey Elementary School An elementary school in Middlesex County will be closed Friday, Feb. 9 due to a gastrointestinal outbreak, authorities said. The Irving School in Highland Park, which enrolls 310 students in pre-kindergarten through first grade, also canceled Thursday’s aftercare program due to the spreading stomach virus. Superintendent Kristina Susca announced the closing on the Highland Park School District's website. Workers will be giving the school building a deep cleaning before it reopens, Susca said. In a message to parents, Susca said the borough’s other three public schools, which include Highl…
Superintendent Reprimanded For Recommending Son For Substitute Teaching Job In NJ Superintendent Reprimanded For Recommending Son For Substitute Teaching Job In NJ
Superintendent Reprimanded For Recommending Son For Substitute Teaching Job In NJ The superintendent of a Middlesex County school district broke a pair of school ethics rules by approving a list of substitute teachers that included her son, officials said. Monroe Township Superintendent Chari R. Chanley’s “failure to recuse herself on the recommendation of her child’s employment constitutes using her position as superintendent to secure an unwarranted privilege, advantage, or employment for her child,” prompted action from the the New Jersey School Ethics Commission, according to a Jan. 23 decision. Chanley was reprimanded for recommending approval of a list of more…
Traumatized By Break-In, NJ College Student Develops Emergency App Traumatized By Break-In, NJ College Student Develops Emergency App
Traumatized By Break-In, NJ College Student Develops Emergency App An MBA fellow at Rowan University has designed an app to enhance the security of students at the Glassboro campus. Siena Rampulla was a victim of an off-campus break-in in March 2022, as reported by Daily Voice.  Jorge L. Navaheredia, 29, of Sicklerville, had broken into several women's homes including Rampulla's, according to Glassboro police. He was caught hiding under a kitchen sink with panties, police said. A search of the suspect's vehicle turned up additional panties and mail from burglary victims, police said at the time. A pre-trial conference for Navaheredia is set for Feb. …
Cybersecurity, Electrical Issues Close, Delay 2 New Jersey School Districts Cybersecurity, Electrical Issues Close, Delay 2 New Jersey School Districts
Cybersecurity, Electrical Issues Close, Delay 2 New Jersey School Districts One New Jersey school district is closed and another delayed Monday, Jan. 29 due to electrical and cybersecurity issues. All Freehold Township schools are closed due to a "cybersecurity event," Dr. Dianne Martello Brethauer, the assistant Freehold schools superintendent, said on X. Brethauer did not elaborate. Egg Harbor Township schools will operate on a 2-hour delayed opening schedule due to a "major electrical and mechanical issue affecting all of our schools," its website says.
More Than 60K NJ Families Now Eligible For Free School Meals More Than 60K NJ Families Now Eligible For Free School Meals
More Than 60K NJ Families Now Eligible For Free School Meals A new law will make thousands of New Jersey students newly eligible for free school lunches and breakfasts. Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill into law on Tuesday, Jan. 16, expanding the eligibility for free meals to more than 60,000 additional families.  According to the Working Class Families Anti-Hunger Act, public and non-public schools in the National School Lunch Program or federal School Breakfast Program will provide meals to students in households with an income of up to 224 percent of the federal poverty level. The bill signing comes after Gov. Murphy renewed his push for f…
NJ Schools Closed, Delayed Due To Storm Impacts NJ Schools Closed, Delayed Due To Storm Impacts
NJ Schools Closed, Delayed Due To Storm Impacts Schools across New Jersey were delayed or closed Wednesday morning, Jan. 10 due to impacts from the storm that left much of the state under water. Thousands of residents were without power and several inches of rain fell overnight. The following districts were closed: Bedminster Township (Somerset) Denville (Morris) Long Beach Island (Surf City) Somerset Hills Roxbury The following district have a delayed opening: Clifton Clinton-Glen Gardner Deptford Dumont Franklin Township (Somerset) Garfield Hackensack Highland Park Jefferson Twp. Kinnelon Linden Madison Midland Park Montclair North…
Holmdel Schools Shuttered Due To Flooding Holmdel Schools Shuttered Due To Flooding
Holmdel Schools Shuttered Due To Flooding After consulting Holmdel police, the Holmdel Township School District decided to close school "out of an abundance of caution." There were widespread power outages on Monday, Dec. 18 that left more than 15,000 customers without electricity in Monmouth County, Jersey Central Power and Light reported.
Rutgers Pro-Palestinian Group Stages Protest Amid Suspension Rutgers Pro-Palestinian Group Stages Protest Amid Suspension
Rutgers Pro-Palestinian Group Stages Protest Amid Suspension A pro-Palestinian group at Rutgers University staged a protest after being suspended from the school earlier this week. Students for Justice in Palestine took to the steps of a building on campus, chanting "Free, free Palestine," and, "Israel is a racist state," on Thursday, Dec. 14. Officials cited complaints of violating university policy, including disruption of classes, meals, and studying students; improper behavior by campus guests, and inappropriate use of space, in announcing SJP's suspension. There were also allegations of vandalism to the Rutgers Business School, the le…
Rutgers Suspends Students For Justice In Palestine Rutgers Suspends Students For Justice In Palestine
Rutgers Suspends Students For Justice In Palestine Rutgers University officials have suspended its chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine. The interim suspension of the group was based on multiple complaints of violating university policy, including disruption of classes, meals, and studying students; improper behavior by campus guests, and inappropriate use of space, according to a letter Monday, Dec. 10 from the Office of Student Affairs. There were also allegations of vandalism to the Rutgers Business School, the letter says. SJP is prohibited from participating in any university activity and promoting programs without permission …
Man Dies In 'Tragic Incident' On Grounds Of NJ High School: Officials Man Dies In 'Tragic Incident' On Grounds Of NJ High School: Officials
Man Dies In 'Tragic Incident' On Grounds Of NJ High School: Officials A community member died in what officials are calling a "tragic incident" on the grounds of a New Jersey school district on Wednesday, Nov. 15. Police responding to Highland Park High School around 6:25 a.m. found an unresponsive male, local police said. He was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, where he was pronounce dead. "The patient was not affiliated with Highland Park Schools nor was the patient ever inside of a school building," local police said. Highland Park Schools Superintendent Kristina Nicosia said that a community member died before the school d…
Former Manchester Principal Dies At 58: 'Enduring Legacy Of Care And Compassion' Former Manchester Principal Dies At 58: 'Enduring Legacy Of Care And Compassion'
Former Manchester Principal Dies At 58: 'Enduring Legacy Of Care And Compassion' A New Jersey school district is mourning the loss of its former superintendent. Miguel Hernandez, 58, was currently serving as interim assistant principal at Manchester Regional High School in Passaic County, after retiring as superintendent in 2021. He died on Thursday, Nov. 9, at 58. In response to Hernandez's passing, the school district held an early dismissal on Monday, Nov. 13. "Losing Dr. Hernandez leaves a profound absence in our school community," Superintendent Gary Lubisco, Jr. said in a letter. "He was a valued member of our school community and will be deeply missed by studen…