After spending millions of educational dollars on still more failing test scores in the Paterson Public Schools, one needs to question why we are spending all this money on cronies from the Broad Foundation, Seton Hall University, University of Pittsburgh, and do not forget the disgraced Shirley Miles, (all approved by Chris Cerf) the puppeteer Commissioner of Education.
Paterson schools did not need to spend all this money on Donnie Evan's failed educational and political buddies only to be seriously disappointed with declining test scores. The out of town consultants made a bundle off the Paterson Schools, but failed to deliver improved test results.
As for the Paterson High School test scores on the (HSPT) Mr. Evans and his administrators should hang their heads in shame for failing to report almost three hundred Paterson students who were not given the opportunity to take the (HSPA) test.
Why? Because they were low performing students who the Evans administration believed could not take the (HSPT) exam.
Look at Eastside High School Academy of Government. According to the Paterson Press, over one third of those students failed to take (HSPA) test. So please, Mr. Evans. Do not brag about pumped up test scores.You are not giving the people of Paterson the entire truth.
The Paterson Board of Education needs to ask the Department of Education for a "Full and Complete" investigation into this "Pumped Up" Test "Fiasco"and put a stop to this failed and very expensive "Educational Dud" of a plan that does not help our children. To paraphrase our school board president, " We have to get real. Too many of our children are suffering!"
William A. Connolly
[Editor's note: William Connolly is a candidate in this year's school board election.]