Archive for April, 2011

CQE Election Newsletter

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Dear Metuchen Resident:

In lieu of physically mailing the CQE Election Newsletter, we are sending it electronically this year. We hope you like the change – please give us feedback on it when you have the chance. There are three articles in the newsletter this year. The first is a summary of the school budget for the 2011-2012 school year. The second is an informational writeup on the Board of Education candidates. The last is a summary of the main advocacy issues pushed by the organization this year. Each article section begins with a brief excerpt from the article, followed by a link to the full article. Remember, the election is this Wednesday, April 27th. The polls are open from 2:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

1. School Budget

Voting YES for the school budget is the single most important vote a Metuchen resident can cast on Wednesday, April 27. The Board of Education has proposed a fiscally responsible budget under tight constraints from the State.  This year, in anticipation of severe cuts, the budget process included early input from a Budget Advisory Committee, which was formed last Spring by Superintendent Theresa Pollifrone-Sinatra. That Committee was composed of members of the Board of the Education, school administrators and teachers, as well as members of the public. In her recent District News sent out to the community, Sinatra explained: “Despite the dramatic cut in state aid, there are no cuts in academic, co-curricular, or athletic programs in the proposed budget.”

The rest of this article can be found here: 2011 Metuchen School Budget

2. Board of Education Candidates

Typically at this time of the year, CQE conducts a formal, unbiased endorsement process for the Board of Education election. This process is intended to give voting guidance to our membership to help highlight candidates whose positions most closely align with CQE’s (primarily related to academics). This year, however, we have decided to set aside the endorsement process in favor of an informational in-person meeting. This meeting is designed to get information about the candidates on issues that CQE cares about, as well as any other issues of interest to the candidates themselves. We thought that this would lead to a broader discussion with the candidates, as well as allowing us to give relevant information to the community on all of them collectively, as opposed to only the ones receiving an endorsement.

The rest of this article can be found here: 2011 Board of Education Candidates

Candidate fliers can be found here: Candidate Literature

3. CQE Advocacy

Highly regarded as the benchmark for rigor in a high school curriculum by colleges across the country, Advanced Placement classes are the most challenging classes that most public high schools offer.  Good scores on AP tests earn college credit at minimal cost and provide evidence to college admission boards that a student is well prepared for college work. CQE believes that the quality of the K-12 education in Metuchen is such that more of our students should be prepared to take Advanced Placement courses, and to pass the AP exams, than the number who currently do.According to the latest NJ State School Report Cards from the academic year 2009-2010, Metuchen High School had only 23.5% of its juniors and seniors enrolled in at least one Advanced Placement (AP) course.  This is below the national average of 26.5% for the same year.

The rest of this article can be found here: Summary of CQE Advocacy for 2010-2011

MHS Class of 2011 CQE Scholarship

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

CQE is offering a $250 Scholarship to two Metuchen High School seniors who have challenged themselves with a rigorous curriculum.  Minimum requirements are a GPA of 3.3, honor classes and at least one AP class in either 10th or 11th grade.

Download an application below and return the completed form to guidance counselor Ms. Hanbridge by Monday, May 16, 2011.

CQE Scholarship Application