WARREN TOWNSHIP — Another local school board voted to ignore updated state education standards, as board members deadlocked over whether to approve a new curriculum for health and physical education for 2022-2023.
At Monday’s meeting, an attorney for the Warren Township School Board discussed the potential consequences the district could face.
“Possible loss of state funding, it could be individuals going after staff members or directors’ licenses or certificates, it could be corrective action plans, it could be liability civil, it could be accusations of ethics,” said the lawyer, repeating that each member of the council remained free to vote as he saw fit.
“If it doesn’t pass, I think there’s a follow-up question of what now,” Education Council chairman David Brezee said moments before the board voted 4-4, rejecting the new physical education and health program that had been put in place. during the summer.
After the vote, a board member then asked, “Do we report this to the curriculum committee,” to which another member said, “To do what? You just knocked it down.
Three months earlier, the Garwood Board of Education passed a resolution in favor of rejecting updated state education standards as they apply to health and sex education for the next school year. The May 17 action followed more than a dozen local residents demanding such a rejection at the same meeting.
“We will continue with the existing program,” the Warren Township Superintendent of Schools said after Monday’s failed council vote. “I – just as counsel pointed out – I want to clarify that the board has directed the administration not to abide by state law, regardless of the ramifications for the board.”
Warren’s board meeting drew public comments that varied in perspective — from some who didn’t support the state’s new standards, to at least one person who supported them — and another who said she was ‘neutral’ but had questions about what was new and what was already being taught in health classes, especially for middle school students.
It also followed months of a social media frenzy, both in Warren and across the state, as community members faced misinformation about what learning standards actually call for, for example. compared to some sample lesson plans created by an out-of-state. progressive organization that have been widely shared and mislabeled as standards.
One of the Warren school board members who voted against the health program, Daniel Croson, released a personal statement afterwards.
“For too long, Trenton’s overreach in our communities has gone unchecked. The state’s extreme standards of sex education are just the latest example of their encroachment on what has traditionally been the province of families.
Croson was among three school board members who last year voted against a separate revised health education policy to include awareness of sexual abuse and assault. This policy was nevertheless adopted by a vote of 5 to 3.
It was signed into law following state legislation, signed in 2019 by Governor Phil Murphy after being passed unanimously by the Legislative Assembly. The bill’s main sponsor in the Senate, Sen. Anthony Bucco, R-Morris, had urged Murphy to sign it quickly.
“Every child should understand how to recognize and report sexual abuse. Teaching children not to talk to strangers isn’t enough when their abuser might be hiding in plain sight. 93% of children know their abuser. They need age-appropriate safe touch education,” Bucco previously said.
Erin Vogt is a reporter and anchor for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach her at [email protected]
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A trip to New Jersey doesn’t have to be just the beach. Our state has incredible trails, waterfalls and lakes to enjoy.
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If you descend and encounter an uphill hiker, pull to the side and give the uphill hiker some space. An uphill hiker has the right of way unless they stop to catch their breath.
Always stay on the trail, you may see side paths, unless marked as an official trail, avoid them. Going off the trail, you risk damaging the ecosystems around the trail, the plants and wildlife that live there.
You also don’t want to disturb any wildlife you encounter, just keep your distance from the wildlife and continue hiking.
Cyclists must yield to hikers and horses. Hikers should also give in to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you’ll encounter on New Jersey trails.
If you plan to take your dog on your hike, they must be on a leash and be sure to clean up all pet waste.
Finally, pay attention to the weather, if the trail is too muddy, it’s probably best to save your hike for another day.
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