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Kaufman Motion to Strip Ridgewood School Board of All Oversight Fails

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Ridgewood NJ, at Monday nights Ridgewood Board of Education meeting , Board member Chris Kaufman made a motion to give the Superintendent and administration the authority to approve vendors in time of essence repairs, this would have effectively made the school board irrelevant and removed the last bit of oversite over the public schools .

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HyunJu Kwak for Ridgewood Board of Education

Dear Ridgewood Community,
The pandemic-related challenges seem to be ever-morphing, but commitments by parents, teachers, administrators and the whole community to maintain scholastic excellence for our students remain steadfast. There is much work to be done to ensure that students and teachers are given the resources to excel as the school returns to normalcy. My goal, as always, is to advocate for the students of our district and work for the Ridgewood community at large, so that our crown jewel continues to shine and that the taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars are allocated effectively and efficiently. In order to stay on this mission, I am seeking re-election to the Board of Education this November 2nd.
In the words of Mr. Rogers, “We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It’s easy to say ‘It’s not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.’ Then there are those who see the need and respond.” I feel deeply in my heart that this is my time to respond for Ridgewood and to keep working for the students and the community.
Thank you and please reach out to me at hjkwakforboe@gmail.com or message me for any questions and concerns.
Sincerely,
HyunJu Kwak

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The Ridgewood Board of Education meets on September 13,  2021 at 7:00 PM for a Regular Public Meeting

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Ridgewood NJ, the Ridgewood Board of Education meets on September 13,  2021 at  7:00 PM for a Regular Public Meeting at the Education Center.

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School Choice Takes Center Stage in Mask Mandate Fight

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Ridgewood NJ, The Governor signed Executive Order (EO) 251, which will mandate masking in the indoor premises of all public, private, and parochial preschool, elementary, and secondary school buildings, with limited exceptions. The EO is effective on Monday, August 9, 2021.

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Back-to-School Cybersecurity

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Ridgewood NJ, around this time each year, students, faculty, parents, and guardians across New Jersey prepare for the beginning of a new academic school year. Similar to last year, the 2021-2022 school year will be unlike those prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. While remote learning may not be as integral in all school districts this year, the continued use of technology in school and at home still present significant cybersecurity challenges. The education sector continues to be one of the most targeted sectors by cyber threat actors who take advantage of the distracted or unaware user base, potentially unpatched systems and applications, and vulnerable networks in order to collect sensitive data, deliver malware, pilfer monetary funds, and launch ransomware attacks. It is vital for students, teachers, parents, and guardians to maintain an awareness of current cyber threats and employ best practices to increase their resiliency and prevent victimization. Educational institutions are also highly encouraged to review the “Achieving Cyber Resilience: Free Resources for K-12 Schools” document and corresponding webinar recording for information on cybersecurity best practices and featured presentations from the NJCCIC, CISA, MS-ISAC, and FBI on the free resources available via their respective organizations.

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Governor Murphy Announces Indoor Mask Requirement for Beginning of 2021-2022 School Year

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Ridgewood NJ, Joined by educators, medical professionals, parents, and school administrators, Governor Phil Murphy today announced that all students, educators, staff, and visitors will be required to wear face masks indoors for the start of the 2021-2022 school year. The Governor signed Executive Order (EO) 251, which will mandate masking in the indoor premises of all public, private, and parochial preschool, elementary, and secondary school buildings, with limited exceptions. The EO is effective on Monday, August 9, 2021.

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Teachers Unions Pushing to Mask Up Schoolchildren

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Ridgewood NJ, so what’s behind the American Academy Of Pediatrics call For masks for students . The American Academy Of Pediatrics grabbed a lot of headlines with their indefensible recommendation to mask all schoolchildren.  So what did they  cite to support that position ?

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Susan Madison Candidate for Ridgewood Board of Education Introduces Herself

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“Our students have been deprived of the opportunity to experience “normal” schooling for 17 months. Now is the time to focus on the challenges ahead, not relitigate the past. We have a 5-member elected board that has the responsibility of getting our students back to the normalcy and excellence they deserve and that Ridgewood is known for. This is what the residents of Ridgewood expect from their elected BOE members and the reason they selected Ridgewood as their home.”

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2020-2021 Ridgewood Student Performance Review

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Ridgewood NJ, at the Ridgewood Board of Education meeting  data presented comparing three different school years : 2018-2019 traditional school year, 2019-2020 in person through March with fully remote spring, and 2020-2021 hybrid and remote instruction. During the pandemic, shifts were made to methods of instructional delivery and assessment. The student performance data presented was based on Fountas and Pinell reading levels (K-5), Envision 2.0 math scores (K-5), student grades in all subject areas (6-12), and teacher feedback through summer professional development.

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WalletHub Study : New Jersey Has the 3rd Best School System in America

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Ridgewood NJ, with more than half of educators reporting significant learning loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2021’s States with the Best & Worst School Systems, as well as accompanying videos and expert commentary.

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Governor Murphy Signs Legislation to Expand Civics Instruction in Schools

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Ridgewood NJ,  Governor Phil Murphy today signed legislation (S854) requiring civics instruction at the middle school level. Currently, New Jersey is one of a minority of states which does not require civics instruction for middle school students. Under the legislation, the New Jersey Center for Civic Education at Rutgers University will be directed to prepare civics curriculum guidelines for local school boards, ensuring that middle and high school students study the values and principles underlying the American system of constitutional democracy, the function of government, and the role of a citizen in a democratic society.

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Don’t Make a Sunk Cost Error When it Comes to Your Child’s Education

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By Charles Stampul

Ridgewood NJ, You are paying an extreme amount in taxes to live in a town with “good schools.”   You clearly care about your child’s future, but given how the world is changing, is school really the best place for her?  Have you ever even asked the question?

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Consider a Ridgewood School Board Candidacy!

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Ridgewood NJ, Congratulations! You have taken the first step toward filling a vital role for your community – that of a school board member.

NJSBA’s Candidate Kit provides vital resources (downloadable PDFs listed below), as well as links to important websites for anyone considering running for their local school board.

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CDC now says people who are vaccinated do not have to wear masks in school settings

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Ridgewood NJ, the CDC now says people who are vaccinated do not have to wear masks in school settings. The government health agency updated its guidance Friday morning.

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