Category Archives: Education

Video: Cory Booker & Jon Corzine: Partners in Education

I received the following email from Newark Mayor Cory Booker tonight stressing what a good job Governor Corzine has done in leading and maintaining the high standards for education in the state. The video that accompanied the email I thought was excellent and a must watch:
Dear Friends.

It’s that time of year again — the summer is over and we’re sending our children back to school for another school year.

As I meet with teachers, administrators and students in Newark, I’ve been reflecting on the changes that I’ve witnessed in our schools over the last four years and Jon Corzine’s leadership when it comes to education in New Jersey.

Governor Corzine has increased funding for our schools by over $1 billion over the last four years, and here in Newark we’re making the most of it — we have three Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence and seen 4 new schools built to serve the children and families of our great City.

While we’ve made some important strides, there is much work to be done to ensure that every New Jersey child receives an excellent education. Jon Corzine is our partner in this critical mission.

Your help and support could make a real and lasting impact in the New Jersey Governor’s race, so please get involved today.

Thank you,
Mayor Cory Booker

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Filed under Cory Booker, Education, Gov. Jon Corzine, Mayor of Newark, Newark NJ

New Corzine Campaign Ad Released

The Corzine ‘09 campaign released a new television spot that will be aired in the coming weeks. It is a positive message that highlights Jon Corzine’s leadership on the economy and education.

The new spot is entitled “Top” and features President Barack Obama praising Governor Corzine’s leadership at the recent rally in Holmdel, which was attended by over 17,500 people ( myself included ).

The 30 second ad will air on broadcast and cable television across New Jersey starting today.

In case anyone is interested in fact checking what President Obama has to say about Jon Corzine in this new Corzine’09 ad spot, here is the documentation, knock yourself out:

Corzine introduced the first-in-the-nation economic recovery plan. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Corzine supporters noted “New Jersey was the first state to pass its own economic-recovery plan.” [Philadelphia Inquirer, 7/6/09]

Jon Corzine protected funding for New Jersey schools. According to Education Week “even in an austere budget year, the Garden State found the funds to give precollegiate education a boost, driven in part by Gov. Jon S. Corzine ‘s high-profile campaign to revamp the way the state hands out money to its schools. The $32.9 billion New Jersey state budget for fiscal 2009, signed by the governor July 1, was a decrease from the previous year’s $33.5 billion. But the $7.8 billion it allots for pre-K-12 education is a 7 percent increase over fiscal 2008’s amount…[The education funding] also provides extra money for districts with high concentrations of students from low-income families, and it adjusts for regional cost differences.” The recently passed Fiscal Year 2010 budget also increased education funding to $8.8 billion. [Education Week, 1/7/09; New Jersey Fiscal Year 2010 Budget]

Jon Corzine reformed New Jersey’s schools with tougher standards. According to the Star Ledger, Jon Corzine’s Board of Education “adopted tougher new high school graduation requirements [in June] that aim to prepare all New Jersey students for jobs or college in the 21st century economy. Under the new requirements, which will be phased in between now and 2016, every high school student will have to take three years of more rigorous math courses; three years of lab science; and a half-year of “economics and financial literacy.” Furthermore, “as part of an ongoing effort to boost academic expectations and achievement, the state [in July] made it harder for New Jersey’s third and fourth graders to prove their proficiency on annual tests. Under the new standards adopted by the state Board of Education, public school students who took the exams in May needed to get 50 percent of the answers correct to show proficiency on the language arts and math tests. Previously, the ‘cut scores’ needed to be deemed proficient were between 40 and 45 percent.” [Star Ledger, 6/18/09; 7/15/09]

New Jersey students rank at the top of the country in reading and math. According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress a report card issued by the U.S. Department of Education, only one state ranked higher than New Jersey fourth-graders in reading assessment and no states ranked higher in eighth grade reading assessment. In mathematics, only one state ranked higher than New Jersey in fourth grade assessment and only two states ranked higher in eighth grade mathematics assessment. [U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, NAEP Report Card]

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President Obama’s Weekly Address: 7/4/09

On the 4th of July, Overcoming Americas Challenges

The President recounts Americas great history of overcoming seemingly insurmountable challenges, and pledges to lead America in continuing that tradition. Focusing on creating a clean energy economy, comprehensive health reform, and revitalizing an education system in need of change, the President pledges not to leave these decades-old problems to yet another generation to solve.

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States’ Budget Battle: Corzine on Sqauwk Box This Morning

Governor Corzine appeared again on CNBC’s morning finical show Squawk Box this morning. The Governor discussed the economy, President Obama’s economic initiatives and NJ’s budget situation. Former GE CEO Jack Welch also joined the discussion to throw in his two cents about New Jerseys budget woes, at one point though, he congradulated Corzine, givening him an “A” on the job that he has done so far to maintain a hold the States finances.

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President Obama’s Weekly Address: 3/21/09

The President reflects on lessons from his time spent outside Washington this week, which only reinforced the four core principles in his budget.

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Filed under core principles, deficit reduction, Education, federal budget, fiscal responsiblity, gobal economy, health care reform, President Obama, weekly address

Organizing For America: Pledge Project

Organizing for America Director Mitch Stewart  announces a new initiative, the Pledge Project.

“Just over a week ago, President Obama submitted his first budget and made it clear he was ready for the fight to come.

The President isn’t alone. We’re ready for that fight too — it’s what you built this movement for.
Americans are ready for the bold new direction this plan offers. It’s what they voted for in November, and it’s needed now more than ever as we continue to face an unprecedented economic crisis.

But the special interests and old ways of Washington won’t go away easily. In fact, they’ll only fight back harder.

It’s up to you to organize support for President Obama’s plan throughout the country. It’s the only way we’ll get the change this country needs.

Take the next step now in our fight to bring change”

Here’s the plan, President Obama will rebuild and renew America by creating jobs and investing in the three areas most critical to our future:

Energy — Transforming America’s economy to run on clean and renewable energy in order to create new American jobs and industries

Health care — Comprehensively reforming health care so that families, businesses, and government are relieved from the crushing costs that impede economic growth and prosperity

Education — Reforming and investing in America’s education system so that citizens are prepared to compete in a global economy

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President Obama’s Weekly Address: 2/28/09

President Obama explains how the budget he sent to Congress will fulfill the promises he made as a candidate, and assures special interests that he is ready for the fight.

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Filed under Budget, corporate tax breaks, Education, family struggles, federal budget deficit, Financial crisis, healthcare costs, President Obama, renewable energy, weekly address