New Jersey schools, which usually rank near the top nationally, maintained their position when it comes to the National Assessment of Education Progress, NJ Spotlight says. The results of the test, known as “the Nation’s Report Card,” were released Tuesday and show that New Jersey’s fourth graders were virtually even with the top-performing fourth graders across the country. The state’s eighth graders were only slightly behind the nation’s top performers. The exams are administered to a random sample of students every two years. About 2,200 New Jersey students took the tests.
BERGEN CATHOLIC COACH DENIES ABUSE ALLEGATIONS
The Bergen Catholic wrestling coach, who has been named in a lawsuit alleging sexual and verbal abuse, is denying wrongdoing and calling the complaint “retaliation,” The Record reports. The attorney for Coach Dave Bell wrote in a letter to a Superior Court judge that the suit had been filed by the family of a wrestler who had been kicked off the team. Meanwhile, some Bergen Catholic graduates have stepped forward to support Bell, praising him as a mentor and teacher.
COMPANY SEEKS TO BUILD POWER PLANT IN MEADOWLANDS
A California subsidiary of the Japanese company Mitsubishi is seeking state approval to build a $1.5 billion power plant in the Meadowlands, The Record writes. If approved and built, the natural-gas-fueled generating station would be one of the largest power plants in the state and would send power to Manhattan via underground cable. Known as the North Bergen Liberty Generating Project, the proposed plant could be an economic boon, local officials say. Environmentalists say there is no real benefit for New Jerseyans and the plant could affect Meadowlands wildlife.
SHAQUILLE O’NEAL MARKS TOPPING OFF OF TOWER IN NEWARK
NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal was in his hometown of Newark on Tuesday to mark a milestone in the construction of his $79 million apartment tower, NJTV says. The Rector Street building known as “Shaq Tower” is scheduled to open in the fall with 168 market-rate apartments and retail space. O’Neal says his investment in Newark was inspired by his mother, who told him she wanted Newark to be a beautiful city again.
YOUR LICENSE PLATE FRAME COULD GET YOU A SUMMONS
Nearly 120,000 New Jersey drivers were issued summonses last year because of the way their license plates are attached to their cars, NJ.com reports. License plate frames that touch or obscure certain lettering on the plate are illegal under state law. If the frame touches or covers the words “New Jersey” or “Garden State,” the driver is subject to being stopped and ticketed. But State Assemblyman Robert Dancer wants to add a loophole to the law, relieving the driver of responsibility if the license plate frame was placed on the vehicle by a car dealer.