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NJ One of Only Two States in the Country That Hasn't Released Public Schools Test Results

[New Jersey – December 5, 2022] Paula White, Executive Director of JerseyCAN, will testify before New Jersey’s Joint Committee on Public Schools regarding the urgent need for the New Jersey Department of Education to release all student assessment data. The hearing will take place over Zoom on Tuesday, December 6th, at Noon. Please contact the Joint Committee on Public School to receive viewing information. CNB Graphic files In the midst of independent analysis showing unprecedented learning loss throughout the state, Ms. White has been at the forefront in demanding the State of New Jersey’s Department of Education fully release the 2021-2022 assessment scores from last Spring. New Jersey currently stands as one of only two states in the county that has not yet publicly released test scores. Last week, JerseyCAN co-hosted with the Urban League of Essex County the statewide digital town hall “Where Are Our Kids’ Test Scores: The... Read more →

GUEST OPINION: Thank The New Jersey State Board of Education For This High School Graduation Mess

The NJ Department of Education (NJDOE) is keeping complete statewide test results under wraps, but partial reports released to school districts show that just 39% of students who took the first ever administration of the New Jersey Graduation Proficiency PRESS RELEASE Assessment (NJGPA) last March passed the English Language Arts section, and just 50% passed the Math section. The low passing rates are a direct result of the State Board’s last-minute decision to raise the passing score on the new exam and reject a lower benchmark recommended by both the test vendor and the NJDOE’s own assessment officials. Only one thing is preventing a graduation crisis for this year’s senior class: legislators responded to the State Board’s action by suspending the exit exam requirement for the class of 2023 and directing the NJDOE to use the new exam as a “field test” only. Citing the “unique and pressing challenges” of... Read more →

Gloucester City Helping Hand Food Drive Saturday

The Gloucester City Helping Hand Food Pantry is holding its annual Holiday Food Drive on for your generosity Saturday, December 10. (Rain Date Sunday, December 11. Residents are asked to leave unperishable food items outside their door in a bag. Besides Gloucester City, the volunteers will also collect food from the people living in nearby Brooklawn. More information below Read more →

Dr. Edward J. Strow Jr., of Haddon Hts., formerly of Brooklawn

Dentist; resident of Haddon Heights, NJ, for 60 years; passed away on November 11, 2022. He was 89 years old. He was the only son of Edward and Elizabeth Strow of Brooklawn, NJ. He attended LaSalle High School in Philadelphia and then Rutgers University. He graduated in 1958 from the University of Pennsylvania with the highest honors. He served with the US Public Health Service in Washington, DC, at the National Institute of Health; at the USPHS Hospital in New Orleans, LA; and spent two years as a staff dentist at the US Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT. He left the service with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Dr. Strow practiced General Dentistry in Mt. Ephraim, NJ, from 1961 to 1996, when he retired. He was on the staff of West Jersey Hospital, where he was Chief of the General Practice section of the Dental Department. He was... Read more →

John S. “Johnny” Gorecki, of Brooklawn; Union Carpenter, Air Force Veteran, GHS Alum

Brooklawn - On August 21, 2022. Age 80. Devoted brother of Eileen (Keith) Weisgerber. Predeceased by his brothers: Michael Gorecki and Steven Gorecki. Cherished son of the late John P. Gorecki and Roslyn Gorecki (nee Campbell). Devoted uncle of Mychael Gorecki and Daniel Gorecki. Survived by many cousins and friends. John was a lifelong resident of Brooklawn. He was a 1960 graduate of Gloucester City High School. John proudly served our country in the U.S. Air Force. John became a union carpenter for Carpenter’s Local Union # 393 of Gloucester City / Camden and retired in 2002 with 25 dedicated years. John enjoyed his daily walks at National Park and his many vacations in Stuart, Florida with his family. Relatives and friends are invited to attend John and his brother, Michael’s visitation on Friday, October 21, 2022, from 9:45 am to 10:45 am at Saint Mary’s R.C. Church: 426 Monmouth... Read more →

Gloucester High Class of 1972 Celebrate 50th Reunion

UPDATED WITH NEW PHOTOS photos provided by Gary Devine GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (September 21, 2022)(CNBNewsnet)--Saturday, September 17, the Gloucester City High School Class of 1972 held their 50th Reunion at the Elizabeth Ballroom, Highland Boulevard. Five years ago, the 45th Class Reunion was paid for by classmate Gregg Teears of Gloucester City. Amazingly, the 50th reunion was also paid for by two other classmates. Jim McGlade of Washington D.C. paid for the bulk of the bill, and one other donor wanted to remain anonymous. The committee paid for the decorations, favors, door prizes, and extra desserts. Gary Devine donated two door prizes. A big Shout Out to Classmate Gale Stanley of the San Francisco Bay area came the furthest. Those on the GHS 1972 Reunion Committee are Kathy Erhmann Jackson, Gregg Teears, Ruthanne Greene, Joe Bocchicchio, Joan Stainker Reagan, Kevin Boulden, Joyce Underwood Calzonetti, and Debbie Lewis Wagner. The buffet... Read more →

Kathleen Kelly Fulginiti McMahon, Retired Alice Costello School Teacher;

Kathleen Kelly Fulginiti McMahon Kathleen Kelly Fulginiti McMahon died peacefully at her home in Paoli, PA, on September 3, 2022, after a courageous battle with ovarian cancer. She was 75 years old. Kathy’s entire life revolved around teaching and children. She grew up in Collingswood, NJ, and attended Rutgers University in Camden, NJ. She then spent over 20 years raising her family in Haddonfield, NJ. In addition to guiding the hearts and minds of her own three children, Kathy spent many years touching the lives of other children in her neighborhood, as well as through her home-based daycare center, and by serving as a longtime Haddonfield Brownie and Girl Scout troop leader. In 1990, Kathy joined the staff of Alice Costello Elementary School in Brooklawn, New Jersey. Over 26 years of active teaching there, she educated children in every grade but the first. Kathy was recognized many times over the... Read more →


Dorothy Philbin | CNBNews Columnist It was announced this week on the Haddonfield Police Department's Facebook site that a state grant of $75,000 had been received. The purpose of the grant is to study the feasibility of combining the Fire and Emergency Medical Services of Haddonfield, Haddon Heights and Barrington. It is surprising that Haddonfield would want/need to decrease their property taxes. After all, Haddonfield is rich, isn't it? Well, the last year for which tax rates are available is 2019. At that time the average property tax rate for Haddonfield (which is 37th highest dollar amount of the 565 municipalities in New Jersey) is 3.125% which amounts to $16,121 a year. Haddon Heights' rate was 3.330% and Barrington was the highest rate of the three of at 4.400%. As an aside, Gloucester City's tax rate that year was 4.498%. When looking at property taxes, remember that the majority of... Read more →

Patricia Ann Kraft, Longtime Brooklawn Resident

On August 13, 2022. Age 80. (nee Cline) Lifelong resident of Brooklawn. Daughter of the late William and Elizabeth Cline. Loving wife of 55 years to the late Christian M. Kraft, Sr. Loving mother of Christian M. Kraft, Jr. (Jacquelynn) and Elizabeth A. Muldoon (late William). Cherished grandmother of William Muldoon, Jr. (John), Dennis Muldoon (Samantha), Bridget Muldoon (Lauren), Jillian Kraft (Angelo), Rachel Kraft and Dennis Cline. Loving great-grandmother of Angelo, Lincoln, Clementine and Melanie. Beloved sister of Jerry Cline and Dennis Cline, her devoted caregiver. Predeceased by her siblings, John Cline (late Ethel), Catherine Zawojski (late Paul), William Cline (surviving Betty), Joan Weichman (surviving Richard) and Richard Cline (surviving Diane). Also survived by her faithful comfort dog, Lucy. Patricia will be remembered for the love she had for her family and the great times they had together. Relatives and friends are invited to her visitation on Thursday morning, August... Read more →

When School Begins Will Your Child Have Mental Health Problems?

On Our Sleeves® Survey Reveals Most Parents Believe Their Children Will Have Mental Health-Related Challenges Going Back to School Newswise — COLUMBUS, Ohio (August 8, 2022) — Every new school year comes with its own set of emotions – from worry to excitement – for kids. After years of a global pandemic, safety concerns and other stresses of today, we have to prioritize checking in with children to understand what they are thinking and feeling. A new national survey conducted online by The Harris Poll on behalf of On Our Sleeves, the movement for children’s mental health, finds that 79% of parents with a school-age child believe their children will have challenges going back to school this fall. The top three factors identified by parents of school-age children that will make going back to school this fall challenging for their children include safety concerns (44%), bullying (33%) and ongoing challenges... Read more →

Gloucester High School Superintendent Named to the Dual Role of HS Principal; New Salary Unknown

Gloucester City High School (CNBNewsnet photo) GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (June 5, 2022)(CNBNewsnet)--School Superintendent Sean Gorman announced on Friday that he has been appointed the principal of the high school, and he will also continue in his role as district superintendent. In the same announcement, Gorman said that Donna Lacovara was named the principal of the Gloucester City Middle School. Gorman, who was the former high school principal, was named to his present position on July 1, 2021, at a starting salary of $165,000. Over the life of the three-year contract, Gorman's salary will increase by $10,100 or to $175,100 in 2025, the final year. CNBNews has submitted an OPRA request to Teri Weeks, School Business Administrator for a copy of the superintendent/high school principal's new contract. The information will be released once it has been received. We first heard that there was a shakeup coming in the school district back... Read more →

*CASSIDY’S MEMORIAL DAY Baseball Clinic May 30th

Location: Brooklawn, NJ Address: Pershing Rd , Brooklawn, NJ 08030 Phone: 8563044632 Dates: 05/30/22 - 05/30/22 Ages: U8 U9 U10 U11 U12 Contact: Joshua M Cassidy - Please do not contact (spam) Joshua M Cassidy for reasons other than the purpose of the listing. Cassidy’s Baseball clinic is designed to teach the skills, techniques, fundamentals, and knowledge of baseball under the guidance of an experienced coaching staff. This 4-hour clinic offers an opportunity for all athletes, regardless of ability level, to participate in an exciting clinic of baseball training and game simulation. Age and skill levels will be separated into appropriate groups. Drills will be designed to improve hands, footwork, hitting and throwing. Over the course of the clinic, players self-confidence will grow along with their skills and overall appreciation of the game. Our goal is to provide a positive and fun learning environment for players to improve their overall... Read more →

Investigation: Thousands of NJ Black and Hispanic Students are Shut Out of Advance Placement Courses

Patrick Wall, Chalkbeat Newark Apr 26, 2:06pm EDT New Jersey’s racial gaps are larger than the national average When Rasheed Adewole’s friends from other high schools used to complain about their heaps of homework, he would feel a flood of shame. The other teens, whom he met through a college-prep program, attended magnet and suburban schools in New Jersey that offered an array of demanding Advanced Placement courses. He attended a Newark charter school that offered just one advanced class: AP U.S. History, which he took his senior year. In most of his other classes, expectations were low and homework was scarce. “The regular classes sometimes were just sad,” said Adewole, who graduated from Marion P. Thomas Charter School in 2017. “I felt like I was just going to school to sit there rather than to learn.” Who takes advanced courses in New Jersey? 68% of Asian students 41% of... Read more →


New Jersey Dumbing Down Our Schools' Standards

Dorothy Philbin | CNBNews Contributor GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ--New Jersey 101.5 announced recently that the graduation exam will be made harder starting with this year's junior class. Fear not. Despite all the panic there is really nothing to worry about. The State Board of Education wants the passing grade to be set at 750 but the state Department of Education feels that score is too high and wants it lowered to 725, once again dumbing down our schools' standards. Even state Senate Majority Leader Teresa Ruiz, D-Essex said "725 is just way too low. It makes me cringe...725 for me I think takes New Jersey [sic], lowers our standards." Really, the difference in passing scores is much ado about nothing. Granted, there might be individual students who will have problems meeting either score but the districts as a whole will not. Why? First, according to Michael Symons of NJ101.5 "It's not... Read more →

Authorities Arrest Suspected Brooklawn Bank Robber

Brooklawn, N.J. – Camden County Prosecutor Grace C. MacAulay and Brooklawn Police Chief Shamus Ellis are announcing the arrest of a bank robbery suspect. Phillip Jones, 55, of Camden was apprehended on March 8th, 2022. He has been charged with first degree Robbery. Earlier in the day on March 8th, officers responded to the Wells Fargo Bank located on Crescent Boulevard in Brooklawn for a bank robbery. Investigation revealed that Jones handed a bank teller a note in which he demanded money and made reference to having a gun. Jones received an amount of cash and fled from the bank. Gloucester City Police Department officers arrested Jones a short distance from the bank. He was in possession of approximately $3,000 in proceeds from the robbery. Jones was processed on his Robbery charge and remanded to the Camden County Correctional Facility pending a detention hearing before the Court. All persons charged... Read more →

Are NJ Schools Unlawfully Segregated? The Answer Coming Soon

New Jersey schools are unlawfully segregated and it's the state's duty to fix that, the plaintiffs in a historic legal case argued in court Thursday. If the lawsuit is successful, it could lead to fundamental changes to New Jersey’s school system and large-scale desegregation efforts not seen in the U.S. for decades. Patrick Wall, Chalkbeat Newark Mar 3, 6:03pm EST Hundreds of thousands of Black and Latino students in New Jersey attend schools where they are racially isolated and surrounded by poverty, despite strong state laws forbidding school segregation. One of the nation’s most segregated states, New Jersey has allowed the problem to fester for decades — now, it must fix it. That was the argument made in court Thursday by plaintiffs who filed a historic lawsuit nearly four years ago arguing that schools across the entire state are unlawfully segregated — the first lawsuit in New Jersey, and one... Read more →

OPINION: Those in Charge of the Gloucester City School System Are Failing The Students

AN ESTIMATED 600 STUDENTS ARE ABSENT EACH DAY IN THE DISTRICT: William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNews graphic files To the surprise of many Gloucester City residents the local Board of Education in December 2020 approved the expenditure of $1.3 million to install a astro-type material on the school's football field and running track. Why did the school need such an expensive upgrade for their football field? The football team plays five home games a season. Since the school opened in 1962, a natural grass field has been sufficient. The construction started when the Covid-19 pandemic was at its peak. A time when local residents were being laid off from their jobs and small businesses were being forced to closed. Six months later in May 2021 that same Board of Education sought bids for installation of field lighting for the football field at the district's Middle School. WHY? There... Read more →

Clement E. "Mick" McKinney Sr., of Brooklawn; Retired Captain of the Brooklawn Volunteer Fire Dept. and Bellmawr Park Fire Co.

BROOKLAWN, NJ (February 20, 2022)(CNBNews)--Clement E. “Mick” McKinney, Sr. was genuinely a good man, a good and honorable family man who believed in and spent a lifetime serving and supporting his community. “Mick” faced adversity and danger head-on, revealing his strength in character. Mr. McKinney loved to travel and had seen the world cruising it over the years. As we are about to go on a journey, “Bon Voyage” is shared and exclaimed. Goodbye and good luck… Clement E. “Mick” McKinney, Sr On Friday, February 11, 2022, after 79 trips around the sun, we said goodbye and farewell from his longtime home. What we do for ourselves, dies with us. But, what we do for others, endures. Mr. McKinney was born in Woodbury and had been an active and engaged Brooklawn neighbor, raising his family and protecting its citizens for many years. Mick began his career in the fire service... Read more →

An Estimated 600 Students A Day Are Absent


updated Dorothy Philbin | CNBNews GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (February 20, 2022)(CNBNews)In the past weeks I have been bringing attention to the deficiencies of our school system. Most of the comments have been along the lines of surprise and in some cases, shock. I only got one negative comment and that was from a former GHS teacher. "Why are you trashing Gloucester? STOP IT!" How about "No as an answer?" graphic files My goal is not to trash Gloucester City and the school district. Everything I have published has come from either the state's website or Gloucester City's School District's own website. If I have misquoted something, bring it to my attention and I will correct it. My goal is to bring to everyone's attention, especially the school's administration and city leaders that we are failing our students. If they are embarrassed, they should be. Millions upon millions of dollars... Read more →

THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY: Several 100 Students Absent Daily in the Gloucester City School District

PART ONE Dorothy Philbin | CNBNews GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (February 17, 2022)--The easy answer is "No." Let's look at the Pre-K (3 and 4 year old) program first. The state pays 100% for the Pre-K program for all Abbott districts. But what are they paying for? After 25 years in education, I can tell you Research shows that an estimated $19 million per year is being spent on students who just don't come to school. (Pinterest image) "nothing." It is a babysitting service that is funded as education. Even the Department of Education admits "In 2012 [DOE] determined that score gains in the Abbott districts were no higher than score gains in high poverty" non-Abbott districts."* One evaluation concluded that the effect on academic achievement in Abbott districts was greater in lower grades and declined in upper [elementary] grades until there was no difference in high school. I would even... Read more →


Throwing Money At A Problem Won't Make It Go Away

" The only South Jersey school district in the 400 range, or lower 1/3rd is our own Gloucester City School District. " By Dorothy Philbin | CNBNews If it is possible to waste money, New Jersey knows how to do it! In 2020 Governor Murphy raised the state's contribution to education. He felt that former Governor Chris Christie had underfunded education in our state, so he allocated $9 billion to all schools. Of that amount 60%, or $5.4 billion goes to 31 Abbott districts and the remaining $3.6 billion is shared by the rest of the districts. How many districts are there? What I have learned is that all numbers change depending on source. If only public district schools are counted or if charter and vocational schools are included the number can be between 555 and 615. do Abbott schools fair in those 615 districts? The answer is easy... Read more →

Dealer Pleads Guilty to Causing Death of Pemberton Township Customer Who Fatally Overdosed

Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina announced that a Trenton drug dealer pled guilty in Superior Court to causing the death of a Pemberton Township man who fatally overdosed on fentanyl he sold him during the summer of 2020. Under an agreement with the Prosecutor’s Office, Marvin Montoya, 35, pled guilty to Strict Liability for Drug-Induced Death (First Degree), in exchange for a 12-year sentence. The plea was entered January 31 in Superior Court in Mount Holly before the Hon. Gerard H. Breland, J.S.C., who scheduled sentencing for March 11. The investigation began after the decedent, 23-year-old Michael Williams, was discovered by a relative in their Browns Mills home the morning of August 11, 2020, after he failed to get up for work. The investigation revealed that Williams had previously traveled to Trenton and purchased the drugs from Montoya in the city’s North Ward. An autopsy performed by Burlington County Medical... Read more →

THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY: The Scholastic Aptitude Test Known As SAT (Part four)

(The last of a four-part CNBNews series Dumbing Down of American Education) The final aspect of American education that we will study is the Scholastic Aptitude Test. Dorothy Philbin | Exclusive for CNBNewsnet GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (FEBRUARY 9, 2022)(CNBNEWSnet)--These tests, also known as College Boards, have been in existence for 96 years, since 1926. They are standardized tests traditionally used by colleges and taken by about 1.5 million students.* Some colleges are starting to rely less on SAT scores and more on the student's progress in school and out-of-school activities. Students now have the option of sending the scores to colleges or not. As has been the case with so many aspects of education, the SATs have also been dumbed down or, as the company prefers to call it "fully redesigned" in 2016 and the results were seen in the test scores of 2017. There are also reports that the... Read more →



(The THIRD PART... of a four-part series Dumbing Down American Education) Dorothy Philbin | CNBNews Contributor Gloucester High School, 1300 Market Street, Gloucester City, NJ (CNBNewsnet photo credit)...The local school district became an Abbott District in 1997. Since that time the school district has received millions of dollars, if not more, from the residents of New Jersey. YOUR MONEY: After the original ruling in 1985, New Jersey increased spending such that Abbott district students received 22% more per pupil (at $20,859) vs. non-Abbott districts (at $17,051) in 2011.[3] 60% of New Jersey's education aid goes to the Abbotts.[4] Throughout the state, there are 31 Abbott Districts. Despite 40 years of increased funding, the gaps between Abbott Schools and their suburban counterparts has widened significantly.[6](source Wikipedia) ++++++ GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (February 8, 2022)(CNBNewsnet)--Most Gloucester City residents, especially those with children, know that our school district is an Abbott District. Many may... Read more →

GUEST OP-ED: Our Schools Are Failing To Teach Our Kids

Posted Tuesday, February 8, 2022 | By AMAC, John Grimaldi | WASHINGTON, DC, Feb 8 – America’s schools are failing to teach young learners the basics. Tweens and teens are failing to learn, it’s as simple and as worrisome as that. The proof is in assessments that show too many of our youngsters can’t read, do math and write. The pandemic has a lot to do with it, for sure; COVID restrictions have disrupted the education process. But could it be that there is more to today’s education crisis than debilitating lockdowns and remote teaching? About 30 years ago, the Foundation for Economic Education published a paper with the harsh conclusion that: “By any reasonable measure, America’s monopolistic, bureaucratic, over-regulated system of public schools is woefully unprepared to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century. Political, business, and education leaders continue to talk about “reforming” the current public education system.... Read more →


Brooklawn Rumor, Baile's Good News, Cars Collide, Road Rage, MERIDIA, Toxic Water, Opinion, A New Dog

William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNews William E. Cleary Sr. CNBNews Editor GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (February 6, 2022)(CNBNewsnet)--Looking back over the past week the immediate area of South Jersey was a hotbed of news. Some of those topics we are reporting on below include: A rumor about a halfway house coming to Brooklawn Mayor Baile's Good News A road rage incident that ended in a death of a driver A two-car accident stopping train traffic at the Railroad and Essex Street MERIDIA ON THE PIER POLITICO'S story on your toxic drinking water Our Opinion Plus the Make A Wish Foundation visits Gloucester City +++++ Let’s start with the halfway house...We received a tip from an anonymous person who asked about a rumor circulating in Brooklawn about a halfway house for recovering addicts and alcoholics opening near the Alice Costello School. The Alice Costello Elementary School and the School Library, 301... Read more →


Dumbing Down Education-Part I

Related:THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY (X) Advanced Placement Courses--Part Two images courtesy of DOROTHY PHILBIN l CNBNews CONTRIBUTOR There has been a lot of controversies this week about two educational issues. The first issue is the banning of books in public schools and the second is the revelation of the terrible reading levels in the Baltimore School District. First things first. Why are so many books being considered for banishment? That answer goes back to virtual learning as a result of COVID. Parents were watching teachers teach and they could sit in on the lessons. Many of the gray hair parents/grandparents got their educations in a time when education was benign. Parents knew what their kids were learning when they helped with homework. Since then parents trusted the school districts but because of new curricula many times they could no longer help their children. Suddenly COVID makes its entrance... Read more →

American Legion Baseball Alumni on Hall of Fame Ballot

The American Legion Dec 01, 2021 Six former American Legion Baseball players are on the ballot for the 2022 Baseball Hall of Fame, with results in voting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America being announced Jan. 25. The Class of 2022 will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., on July 24. Here’s a look at the American Legion Baseball alumni on the Hall of Fame ballot: Barry Bonds (10th year on ballot) The all-time home run leader is in his final year on the ballot. Barry Bonds, who played American Legion Baseball in San Mateo, Calif., hit 762 home runs in 22 seasons with the Pirates and Giants. Bonds is also the career leader in walks (2,558) and intentional walks (688). He’s also a seven-time National League MVP, 14-time All-Star, eight-time Gold Glove Award winner and 12-time Silver Slugger Award winner. Roger Clemens (10th year... Read more →


By Richard Walker AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL Dec 17, 2021 Before Shelby, N.C., began setting American Legion World Series attendance records virtually every year after it became the permanent home of the event in 2011, historic Duncan Park in Spartanburg, S.C., held the record for 75 years. That long-standing mark came during Spartanburg Post 28’s historic title run in 1936. It also came in an era when the region was brimming with pride and success over American Legion Baseball. From 1931 to 1946, teams from the Carolinas made eight ALWS appearances and hosted the ALWS five times. Spartanburg Post 28 began fielding American Legion Baseball teams in 1933 and immediately became a state power. Under the direction of W.P. “Sarge” Hughes, Spartanburg won South Carolina state titles in 1933, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939 and 1941. Only Spartanburg (1936-39) and Sumter (1991-94) have won four straight state championships since the state began... Read more →


What has Happened to American Education?

Dorothy Philbin | CNBNews Contributor Back "in the day" (1960s) the United States had the best educational system in the world. Even if we allow for personal/country pride we were definitely in the top five. Where are we today? It depends on the survey one reads. We are somewhere between 13th., behind Slovenia, and 36th waaay behind Bulgaria. How many American students can find either country on a map? What happened? Is it just Gloucester City or the country as a whole? The answer to the second question is easy. No, it is not just Gloucester City. It is the country as a whole. We are spending an unbelievable amount of money for our kids to rank between 13th and 36th. The biggest excuse I heard when getting my Masters in Education at St. Joseph's University was that the Russians sent a satellite (Sputnik - 1958) into space before the... Read more →

Gloucester City Taxpayers File Lawsuit Against the Solar Panel Contractors for Not Finishing Job

William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNews CNBNews photos GLOUCESTER CITY NJ——Sixty MPH plus wind gusts between 12:30pm and 1 PM on June 3, 2020 damaged the solar panels at the Cold Springs School, Cold Springs Drive. Fortunately both the Pre-School and the K-3rd Grade School were out of session when it happened otherwise someone might have been seriously injured or killed. The National Weather Service for South Jersey documented gusts that day between 58mph and 67 mph today between 12:30pm and 12:40pm. The contractors who were involved in the installation of the panels were sued by the School Board because the drainage system wasn't finished to the specification of the original agreement. +++++ GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (December 14, 2021)--This past March the Gloucester City Board of Education filed a lawsuit against National Energy Partners, Gloucester City Solar, Conductive Capital and the principals of those companies mainly Jeremy Connor, David Munsky,... Read more →

Where is the Money Promised for Schools?

Congress set aside $800 million to help homeless students. Months later, many schools are still waiting for aid. Kalyn Belsha, Chalkbeat Dec 3, 7:00am EST When Rebeka Beach’s phone rings, it’s often a cry for help. One evening last week, the call came from a Cincinnati mother of five school-aged kids. Unable to find an apartment that would take her subsidized rental voucher, she had bounced between motels and shelters since May. But on this night, the shelters were full, and the family didn’t have money for a hotel. They’d been sleeping in her truck and needed help. Beach quickly dispatched a colleague, who checked the family into a hotel for a few nights. “It was something we never did before the pandemic,” said Beach, who oversees the school district’s team that supports Cincinnati students experiencing homelessness, who numbered 2,300 the year the pandemic began. “We didn’t used to have... Read more →

Brooklawn Man Sentenced for Conspiring with White Supremacists to Burn Synagogues

Wednesday, November 17, CAMDEN CITY, N.J. – A Camden County man was sentenced today to one year and one day in prison for his role in conspiring with members of a white supremacist hate group to threaten and intimidate African Americans and Jewish Americans by vandalizing minority-owned properties throughout the country in September 2019, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced. Richard Tobin, 20, of Brooklawn, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Robert B. Kugler to an information charging him with conspiracy against rights. Judge Kugler imposed the sentence today in Camden federal court. “Richard Tobin encouraged hateful acts of violence against individuals and their houses of worship, based on their religion or the color of their skin,” Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig said. “Justice demanded that he be held accountable for these racist and antisemitic actions, and we are proud to have joined with our... Read more →

125,000 Students Return to the Philadelphia School District

The district and its unions are also still working on the terms of a vaccine mandate for employees. Dale MezzacappaAug 31, 2021,/CHALKBEAT With Target bags in hand, fourth grade teacher Tim Anzelmo has his students in line for the first day of class at Samuel Powel Elementary School in University City. Johann Calhoun / Chalkbeat Students returned to school buildings Tuesday, many of them for the first time since March 2020, as the Philadelphia school district hopes for a full year of in-person learning, despite the highly contagious delta variant of COVID-19 surging through the city. Superintendent William Hite and Mayor Jim Kenney welcomed students at a celebratory “ring the bell” event to the brand-new building housing Powel Elementary School and Science Leadership Academy Middle School, also known as SLAMS. Board of Education President Joyce Wilkerson, City Council member Jamie Gauthier and Board member Cecelia Thompson were also present. The... Read more →

CNBNews Exclusive:

Is the Critical Race Theory Being Taught in Gloucester City Schools? What is the District's Transgender Policy?

UPDATED: CNBNews photo credit GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (August 20, 2021)--Jack Ciattarelli the NJ Republican candidate for Governor wrote an Op-Ed article in the Bergen Record about the public-school curriculum changing. Ciattarelli said, "In my travels, one issue that comes up repeatedly with parents — Democrats, Republicans and Jack Ciattarelli Independents alike — are the changes to the public-school curriculum pushed by Gov. Phil Murphy. Changes that now require kindergarteners to learn about gender identification and sexual orientation and middle school kids to know about vaginal, anal and oral sex." "Parents aren’t just concerned and frustrated. They’re also angry about an infringement of their rights as parents to educate their children about life’s most personal topics and then being shamed when they dare speak up," said Ciattarelli. The link to his statement is here Also in the news recently was the story about a Rhode Island mom, Nicole Solas, who was... Read more →

Governor Murphy! The Parents Should Decide Not YOU

TRENTON, NJ--Governor Phil Murphy continues to require New Jersey's children to wear masks at school, daycare, and summer camp, even though children and adults can now unmask almost everywhere else. Children who safely played sports all spring without masks will be forced to wear masks while playing outside at camp this summer, as will kids on playgrounds at daycare centers. Governor Murphy has even said that students should expect to wear masks to school this fall, even though children face very little risk and every concerned adult will have had ample opportunity by then to get vaccinated. Keeping mask requirements for children doesn't make any sense! You can send the message to Governor Murphy that's it's time to unmask our kids. CLICK HERE to SIGN THE PETITION Read more →

CHALKBEAT NEWARK WEEKLY ROUNDUP: Newark Teachers Should Prepare for Vaccine

Welcome to our weekly newsletter! We are Patrick Wall and Catherine Carrera for Chalkbeat Newark. This is a roundup of our top stories this week. Email us with tips, feedback, or to say hello: What should schools do this year to better support students’ mental health and wellbeing? Join Chalkbeat in conversation with New York City and Newark students, educators, and experts on how to heal from the tumult and trauma of the pandemic. RSVP today for our Aug. 24 virtual event. We hope to see you there! Our Latest Stories Newark teachers should prepare for vaccine mandate, union says District teachers likely will have to prove they’ve been vaccinated before school starts or face weekly testing, the Newark Teachers Union told members. Chicago says teachers must get vaccinated by Oct. 15 or be ineligible for work Chicago joins other major districts where vaccines will be mandatory for teachers,... Read more →

The National Education Association Files Lawsuit Against a Mother for Asking Questions About Curriculum

NEA Sues Mom for Asking Questions about Curriculum The National Education Association (NEA)—the nation’s largest public sector teachers’ union with a budget of over $300 million—has sued a Rhode Island mom for asking what her daughter would be taught in kindergarten. With the help of the Goldwater Institute, Rhode Island mom Nicole Solas is fighting back. Nicole Solas (photo courtesy of The Goldwater Institute) “This brazen and unprecedented act of intimidation by the NEA will not stand,” said Jon Riches, Director of National Litigation at the Goldwater Institute, who is representing Solas. “Nicole Solas is entitled to know what her daughter’s school is teaching in the classroom. She’s entitled to ask questions. And she does not deserve to face legal action just for asking questions any concerned parent would ask.” Like many parents, Nicole was concerned about whether her daughter would be exposed to politically charged curriculum in the classroom.... Read more →


by Jon Riches The public’s business should be open to the public. And under Rhode Island law, it is. Yet when mom Nicole Solas sought to attend the meeting of a publicly funded committee that meets weekly to discuss and make recommendations on policies that apply across her daughter’s school district, she was told that the meeting was closed and parents were not welcome. graphic files Now, the Goldwater Institute is pushing back: We’ve joined with the Stephen Hopkins Center for Civil Rights in Rhode Island to represent Nicole in a complaint before the state attorney general asserting that the school district has violated Rhode Island’s Open Meetings Act (OMA) by closing these meetings to the public. Rhode Island’s OMA was enacted to ensure that “public business be performed in an open and public manner and that the citizens be advised of and aware of the performance of public... Read more →

VIDEO: Mom Tells Georgia School Board No More Face Masks for Youngsters

UPDATED with new video (CNBNEWS)--A Georgia mom is going viral after she grilled school board members for making young children wear masks and socially distance despite there being little evidence that kids are severely at risk of contracting COVID-19. Here in New Jersey, Phil Murphy the Governor has mandated mask for school children in the fall. Just wrong! Remove your kids from their school and Home School them. Or put them in a charter school. The psychological damage that is being done to our children won't be known for sometime but they are being damaged especially socially. See video below, also read articles, please. ~CNBNews Much to Forgive Adults have failed children in foisting unnecessary, harmful Covid-19 restrictions on them. John Tierney April 20, 2021 “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul,” Nelson Mandela famously said, “than the way in which it treats its children.” By that... Read more →

AMERICAN LEGION STATE PLAYOFFS: Brooklawn Knocked Out by Allentown

WOOD-RIDGE JULY 29, 2021)— Fresh off winning its first Mercer County American Legion League title this summer, the Allentown Legion baseball team went after its first state title Wednesday night (July 28, 2021)at the Wood-Ridge Athletic Complex. Manager Sahil Thakur’s squad brought home the MCALL’s third state crown since 1997 by defeating the state’s most successful team, Brooklawn Post 72, 5-2. Minus the 2020 coronavirus-canceled season, the MCALL has placed teams in four straight Final 8 championship games, winning the state title with Hopewell Post 339 in 2017, Broad Street Park Post 313 in 2018 and now Allentown. Allentown (22-3) will now head to the Mid-Atlantic Regional at McCrary Field in Asheboro, N.C. Aug. 4-8, trying to qualify for the American Legion World Series in Shelby, N.C.’s Veterans Field Aug. 12-17. “This is awesome!” said Thakur, whose team had a strong following in the stands, led by his mother, Sapna,... Read more →

Three Philly School Music Teachers Selected as Quarterfinalist for Music Educator Award

PHILADELPHIA, PA (July 6, 2021)--— Three School District of Philadelphia music teachers have been selected as quarterfinalists for the 2022 Music Educator Award, a special award that will be presented by the Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Museum during GRAMMY Week 2022. The District staff, who are among the 219 music teachers from 204 cities in the U.S., are South Philadelphia High School’s Courtney Powers, John Bartram High School’s Andrew Challman and Arts Academy at Benjamin Rush’s Suzanne Spencer. The quarterfinalists were recognized for making significant and lasting contributions to the field of music education and demonstrating a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools. “Providing students with access to high-quality music education can positively impact students’ academic performance and increase student engagement. We cannot provide a vibrant music program without dedicated educators who find new and innovative ways to engage students,” said Malika Savoy-Brooks,... Read more →

Freedom Mortgage Kicks Off 2021 Rucksacks to Backpacks Campaign

Company encourages local communities to join fundraiser to provide children of military families with school supplies Freedom Mortgage, one of the largest full-service mortgage companies and the top VA and top FHA (government-insured) lender in the U.S., announced the start of its annual Rucksacks to Backpacks campaign to provide school supplies for the children of active-duty military, National Guard members, and Reservists. Money raised from the campaign, now in its ninth year, will enable children in grades K-8 to pick the school supplies they need at distribution events through nine USO (United Service Organizations) centers across the country. The Rucksacks to Backpacks fundraiser runs through July 16. The company welcomes anyone to join in and make an online donation. “We continuously strive to improve the lives of our military communities,” said Stanley C. Middleman, founder and CEO of Freedom Mortgage. “We’re honored to partner with the USO again to help... Read more →

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Scrapbook of Carmen Palmiero, Outstanding GHS/Penn State Athlete Who Died Too Soon

BROOKLAWN NJ (July 2, 2021)(CNB SPORTS)—Carmen Palmiero formerly of Brooklawn was an outstanding all around athlete at Gloucester City High School in mid 1950’s. Palmiero was a 4 sport star playing Football, Basketball, Baseball and Track. Palmiero headed to Penn State after his graduation where he excelled in Basketball. Tragically Palmiero and a friend died in an auto accident driving home for Christmas in his Sophomore year. We were recently provided with a copy of a scrapbook by Rose Van Eck, Carmen’s sister. Today we see the beginning of the Brooklawn American Legion's Dynasty in the State of New Jersey. Brookers Coach Joe Barth assembled the locals into a team that for the next 50 years would capture 30 State Titles. Carmen provided the Brookers and the residents of the Borough of Brooklawn with it's first All American athlete. Those early years of the “Brookers” brought together a dynamic force... Read more →

VIDEOS: Federal Government Transporting Illegal Immigrants Crossing the Texas Border to New Jersey and Elsewhere

By William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNews A busload of illegal immigrants board a bus in Texas headed to the state of New Jersey, and the State of New York. Wednesday, June 30, 2021 protestors were stopping traffic on the NJ Turnpike demanding more money for the illegals from the taxpayers of the state. So far they have received $40 million. (image courtesy of The Center for Immigration Studies) GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (CNBNews)(June 30, 2021)--This week former President Donald Trump will be visiting Texas to talk with Gov Greg Abbot about the crisis that has exploded out of control since the Biden administration took over in January. As a result thousands and thousands of illegal immigrants are living in this country supported by the taxpayers of this country. The cost to house and feed them is unknown. In the video below produced by The Center for Immigration Studies the commentator... Read more →

HELP WANTED: virtual hiring event for Gloucester City School District

Gloucester High School, Market Street and Crescent Blvd., Gloucester City, NJ 08030 (CNBNews photo) GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (July 14, 2021)--Kelly Education will be hosting a virtual hiring event for Gloucester City School District on Thursday, June 17th at 2pm. We are currently hiring for Daily Substitute Teachers, Long Term Substitute Teachers, Building Permanent Substitute Teachers, Substitute Paraprofessionals, Permanent Paraprofessionals and Clerical roles in Gloucester City School District School District. If you are looking for a new job to gain valuable experience, please sign up for our Virtual Hiring Event using this link This hiring event will be live on Microsoft Teams with information regarding the Gloucester City School District, open positions, Kelly benefits, perks and more! We look forward to e-meeting you and working with you in the future. If you have any questions regarding the application, please do not hesitate to reach out to Read more →

Maple Shade Resident Arrested for Distribution and Possession of Child Pornography  

MAPLE SHADE, NJ --Chief Christopher Fletcher announces the arrest of one individual for child pornography charges in Maple Shade after a six month long investigation. Joshua Lee GAGER, 29, of Maple Shade, was arrested on May 13, 2021 and charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Distribution of Child Pornography, Possession with Intent to Distribute Child Pornography, and Possession of Child Pornography. The Maple Shade Police Detective Bureau received information from the Milford Police Department in Connecticut regarding the accused, GAGER, who was attempting to converse and meet with juvenile females. During the course of the investigation, it was determined that GAGER was in communication with mostly juvenile females ranging ages 10 to 15 years old. Some of the conversations led to an exchange of pictures which ultimately led to sexual conversations. GAGER was also found to be in possession of child pornography, which was sent to another social... Read more →


Brooklawn School District: Administrative Assistant

BROOKLAWN, NJ (April, 2021)--Responsible for managing the company's daily tasks. Organizing scales and departments among other tasks. Responsibilities Answer and direct phone calls. Plan meetings and take detailed minutes. Write and distribute correspondence notes, e-mails, letters, faxes and forms. Assist in the preparation of regularly scheduled reports. Maintain contact lists. Act as the point of contact for internal and external clients. Hourly payment Average Administrative Assistant Hourly Pay is $ 16.03. Requirements High School degree. Excellent time management skills and ability to prioritize work. Proven experience as an Administrative Assistant or Office Admin Assistant. Attention to detail and problem-solving skills. Strong organizational skills with the ability to multi-task. Apply Administrative Assistant - report ad Receive new offers in your email (Free!) Name Email Submit Administrative Assistant Brooklawn NJ, Updated: 17/04/2021 Source: Onejober space donated by CNBNews as a public service Read more →

The Prom Must Go On:

New Survey Finds Majority of Parents Of High Schoolers Think Schools Should Allow Students to Have a Prom in the Wake of COVID-19 Online Party Superstore Shindigz Can Help Plan the Perfect Pandemic-Friendly Prom to Help Parents, Students and Schools Create a Memorable Experience FORT WAYNE, IN (April 1, 2021) -- Parents of high school students want their children to experience the same rites of passage that they had, including prom, despite -- or maybe in light of -- the year-long devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic that has forced schools across the U.S. to heavily modify or even cancel their traditional end-of-year events. According to a recent national online survey conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of online party planning superstore Shindigz, nearly four out of five parents of high school students (79%) think schools should do whatever they can to make sure kids can have at least some... Read more →

ProPublica: The Lost Year...What the Pandemic Cost Teenagers

March 8, 12:58 p.m. EST Heather Davis comforts Madasyn Culver after a youth church service in Hobbs, New Mexico in late February. Celeste Sloman for ProPublica Education In Hobbs, New Mexico, the high school closed and football was cancelled, while just across the state line in Texas, students seemed to be living nearly normal lives. Here’s how pandemic school closures exact their emotional toll on young people. Republish ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive our biggest stories as soon as they’re published. Everything looks the same on either side of the Texas-New Mexico border in the great oil patch of the Permian Basin. There are the pump jacks scattered across the plains, nodding up and down with metronomic regularity. There are the brown highway signs alerting travelers to historical markers tucked away in the nearby scrub. There are the frequent memorials of... Read more →