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The 2013 Candidates Answer Questions 4 and 5

Saturday, April 6th, 2013

Here are the candidates’ answers to Questions 4 and 5

Question #4: Many would say, “The fork in the road to college can be found in the middle school.” How can we optimize success for college and careers by focusing on the middle school curriculum, programming, etc.?

CQE believes that the middle school years are crucial transitional years in the academic and social lives of students. For information about the middle school, see : Breakthrough Collaborative.  Middle School: The Fork in the Road to College. January 2010.http://btresearch.wordpress.com/2010/01/22/middle-grades-the-fork-in-the-road-to-college/

Question #5: How important to you is the community’s interest, knowledge and participation in school issues? How would you go about increasing public input, if at all?

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The 2013 Candidates Answer Questions 2 and 3

Friday, April 5th, 2013

Today we have the candidates’ answers to CQE’s Questions 2 and 3.

Question #2: What do you believe are the Metuchen School District’s strengths? Are there areas in our schools where you’d like to see growth? CQE asked this question because although the organization is pleased with the progress our District has made in academic and co-curricular opportunities for all students over the last few years, we know there is always room for growth.  CQE is curious to learn about the interests and concerns that each of the candidates may bring to our schools.

Question #3: Balanced Literacy and Differentiated Learning are now part of the District’s curriculum at the elementary school level. How can we ensure success for all students at every level? CQE asked this question because although many parents have embraced the new balanced literacy and differentiated learning practices in our elementary school, some are concerned with how optimal learning can happen in heterogeneous classrooms where students are no longer grouped by ability.  For a better understanding of Balanced Literacy and Differentiated Learning in Metuchen, click HERE to see the slide presentation made at the April 2 Board of Education meeting.

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School Board Elections are on Tuesday April 16, 2013.  Polls are open from 2 pm until 9 pm.


Candidates Reply to CQE Question #1

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Dear Friend of Citizens for Quality Education:

To encourage the public to get to know who may be their representatives on the Board of Education, CQE  posed five questions concerning education and academics to the candidates who are running for a seat on the Board.  The candidates are, in alphabetical order: incumbent Rose deVries, incumbent Jonathan Lifton and newcomer Michael Stern. (Erica Doyle, whose name will appear on the ballot, has withdrawn her candidacy.)

CQE’s questions were designed to be open-ended and to engender thoughtful discussion. The topics were chosen because we believe that these are some of the issues on which the next Board of Education may be asked to give their opinion or to vote. It is our hope that hearing from the candidates in their own words will prove helpful to the Metuchen community in making their choices on Election Day, Tuesday April 16, when polls are open from 2 pm until 9 pm.

The first question we asked was:    Why are you running for the Metuchen Board of Education?
We chose this question so that each candidate would have the opportunity to speak about his/her interest in education and motivation for joining the Board of Ed.

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Best regards,
JoAnn Sabatino-Falkenstein, President
Jim Jaques, Vice President
Kathy Liss, Vice President