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HS Football: LIVE video, updates, links and featured coverage for Sept. 8-10

EssentialsFriday, Sep. 9Saturday, Sept. 10 at 1 p.m.Weekend’s top storiesFeatured coverageFriday, Sept. 9Nottingham 14, Notre Dame 12Kingsway 24, Washington Township 10Rahway 45, Lincoln 16No. 2 Don Bosco Prep 44, No. 3 St. Joseph (Mont.) 35No. 7 Delsea 35, Winslow 25No. 5 St. Peter’s Prep 23, No. 9 DePaul 10No. 20 North Brunswick 13, Edison 10...

Essentials

Friday, Sep. 9

Saturday, Sept. 10 at 1 p.m.

Weekend’s top stories

Featured coverage

Friday, Sept. 9

Nottingham 14, Notre Dame 12

Kingsway 24, Washington Township 10

Rahway 45, Lincoln 16

No. 2 Don Bosco Prep 44, No. 3 St. Joseph (Mont.) 35

No. 7 Delsea 35, Winslow 25

No. 5 St. Peter’s Prep 23, No. 9 DePaul 10

No. 20 North Brunswick 13, Edison 10

Phillipsburg 28, Ridge 10

Donovan Catholic 21, Rumson-Fair Haven 0

Robbinsville 20, Hightstown 7

Point Pleasant Boro 39, Manasquan 13

Woodstown 18, Paulsboro 0

Randolph 35, Roxbury 14

Moorestown 24, Northern Burlington 21, OT

South Plainfield 13, Carteret 12

No. 8 Ramapo 48, Wayne Valley 14

Friday scoreboard

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Thursday, Sept. 8

Bergen Tech 9, Dover 7

Statewide scoreboard

Featured coverage

Saturday, Sept. 10

Woodbury at Penns Grove, 12

Hamilton West at Trenton, 12

Union at Westfield, 1

Columbia at Paterson Eastside, 1

No. 1 Bergen Catholic at No. 13 Delbarton, 1

Warren Hills at Chatham, 2

Madison at Hanover Park, 2

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Education Funding Crippling NJ’s Middle Class; DeCroce vows to fight for Education Tax Fairness

Middle class, suburban families are in desperate need of tax relief and the best way to provide it is to develop a fair school funding formula that doesn’t place so heavy a burden for school costs on suburban homeowners and renters, says former state Assemblywoman Betty Lou DeCroce. DeCroce points to the recent release of information on local school funding by municipality and it shows that suburban taxpayers are paying and outsize share of education costs compared to urban taxpayers. In Morris County, school funding figures show that ...

Middle class, suburban families are in desperate need of tax relief and the best way to provide it is to develop a fair school funding formula that doesn’t place so heavy a burden for school costs on suburban homeowners and renters, says former state Assemblywoman Betty Lou DeCroce. DeCroce points to the recent release of information on local school funding by municipality and it shows that suburban taxpayers are paying and outsize share of education costs compared to urban taxpayers. In Morris County, school funding figures show that a majority of municipalities are paying at least 68 percent of the cost of local education, with Boonton Township, Mount Arlington, Riverdale and Morris Plains each paying more than 80 percent of their local school costs. Taxpayers living Parsippany, Lincoln Park, East Hanover and Hanover are all financing 78 percent of their local school costs. Meanwhile Newark residents are paying just 11.1 percent toward the district’s $1.12 billion school budget. Paterson taxpayer are funding only 8.1 percent of the city’s $663.6 million school budget. Passaic City taxpayers are paying only 3.9 percent of their school costs and while Trenton and Asbury Park taxpayers are contributing just 6.4 percent and 13.2 percent respectively toward their school costs. “Gov. Murphy talks repeatedly about bringing economic fairness to New Jersey, but he’s failed the state’s middle class,” said DeCroce, who, as an Assemblywoman, repeatedly pushed for a statewide audit of education funding, which the Murphy administration ignored. “There is nothing fair about forcing hard working people to fund 60 percent, 70 percent or 80 percent of their local education costs while they also pay the lion’s share of school costs for other municipalities,” said DeCroce, who served nine years in the legislature representing the former 26th Legislative District. DeCroce, who is considering a run for the Assembly next year, said an Education Tax Justice will be one of her top priorities. “The state cannot continue to place such a tremendous financial burden on working people especially at a time when they are struggling with the Biden Inflation tax. “Under Gov. Murphy and the state Democratic leaders, “fairness” has become a very selective term. There is no fairness for middle class people paying the highest property taxes in the nation,” said DeCroce. “The governor has had more than four years to address the number one culprit in our state’s crushing suburban property taxes– and he’s failed to do it,” added DeCroce.

North Jersey high school football box scores for Week 2

Here are the high school football box scores involving North Jersey teams for Week 1 and Week 0. This file will be updated all weekend long.DON BOSCO 44, ST. JOSEPH 35 St. Joseph (1-2) 7 14 7 7 — 35Don Bosco (2-1) 10 14 7 13 — 44FIRST QUARTERDB – Ronnie Heath 3 run (Jack Donnelly kick)SJ – Yasin Willis 16 run (Marcos Ruiz kick)DB – Jack Donnelly 29 FGSECOND QUARTERDB – Bobby Mays 3 pass from Nick Minicucci (Donne...

Here are the high school football box scores involving North Jersey teams for Week 1 and Week 0. This file will be updated all weekend long.

DON BOSCO 44, ST. JOSEPH 35

St. Joseph (1-2) 7 14 7 7 — 35

Don Bosco (2-1) 10 14 7 13 — 44

FIRST QUARTER

DB – Ronnie Heath 3 run (Jack Donnelly kick)

SJ – Yasin Willis 16 run (Marcos Ruiz kick)

DB – Jack Donnelly 29 FG

SECOND QUARTER

DB – Bobby Mays 3 pass from Nick Minicucci (Donnelly kick)

SJ – John Forster 67 pass from Luke Henrich (Ruiz kick)

DB – Dan Parisi 17 pass from Nick Minicucci (Donnelly kick)

SJ – Joseph Gaston 6 run (Ruiz kick)

THIRD QUARTER

SJ – Luke Tucci 5 run (Ruiz kick)

DB – Matt Eitner 15 pass from Dan Parisi (Donnelly kick)

FOURTH QUARTER

DB – Nasim Cosby 24 pass from Nick Minicucci (kick failed)

SJ – Mekhi Rossignol 27 pass from Joseph Gaston (Ruiz kick)

DB – Nick Minicucci 28 run (Donnelly kick)

BOGOTA 20, WALLINGTON 15

Bogota 14 0 6 0 − 20

Wallington 0 8 0 7 − 15

First Quarter

Michael Olivo 6 run (Joseph Perpepaj two-point good)

Perpepaj 6 run (extra point failed)

Second Quarter

W - #5 2 run (#4 run)

Third Quarter

Perpepaj 4 run (two-point failed)

Fourth Quarter

W - #6 38 pass from #1 (#24 kick)

RAMSEY 48, LAKELAND 27

Ramsey 21 7 13 7 - 48

Lakeland 0 13 0 14 - 27

First Quarter

R - Joey Lis 11 pass from Robert Fuerst (Colin Mazzola kick)

R - Luca Gemma 66 run (Mazzola kick)

R - Dillon Kelly 16 pass from Fuerst (Mazzola kick)

Second Quarter

L - Andrew Ganci 8 pass from Colin Sabric (Matt Adams kick)

R - Kelly 40 pass from Fuerst (Mazzola kick)

L - Jake Spear 32 pass from Sabric (kick failed)

Third Quarter

R - Gemma 14 run (Mazzola kick)

R - Noah Laurino 17 passfrom Fuerst (kick failed)

Fourth Quarer

L - Kyle Keyes 44 pass from Sabric (Adams kick)

R - Sean Hali 3 run (Mazzola kick)

L - Keyes 12 run (Adams kick)

Records: Ramsey (2-0), Lakeland (0-2)

Ramsey Sr. QB Robert Fuerst 19/26 264 yds 4 TD. Ramsey Jr. RB/LB Luca Gemma 7 car/103 yds 2 TD; 8 tkls.

WALDWICK/MIDLAND PARK 37, MANCHESTER 6

Waldwick/Midland Park 24 13 0 0 - 37

Manchester 0 0 0 6 - 6

First Quarter

W -Bryce Hamilton 70 kickoff return (Hamilton kick)

W - Safety

W - Anthony Marco 40 pass to Hamilton (two-point conversion good)

W - Greg Gruzdis Jr. 12 run (Hamilton kick)

Second Quarter

W - Hamilton 76 run (Hamilton kick)

W - Kevin Davidson 12 run (kick failed)

Fourth Quarter

M - 3 run (two-point failed)

ELMWOOD PARK 22, PALISADES PARK/LEONIA 13

PP/L 7 6 0 0 - 13

EP 7 15 0 0 -22

First Quarter

EP - Ferrer 23 yard pass to Picinich Chavez (kick good)

PP/L - Palmero 51 yard run (kick good)

Second Quarter

EP - 7 yard run Picinich (Chavez kick good)

PP/L - #1 5 yard run (PAT blocked)

EP - Ferrer 41 yard pass to Picinich (Mulligan 2 point conversion)

BUTLER 28, HASBROUCK HEIGHTS 21

Butler 7 14 7 0 - 28

Hasbrouck Heights 0 7 0 14 - 21

First Quarter

B -- Gavin Huber 32 yard pass from Bobby Battipede (Jack McNear kick)

Second Quarter

B --Rocco Presti 5 yard run (McNear kick)

HH -- Joey Formisano 6 yard pass from Frankie Billings (George Kouletas kick)

B -- Wyatt Frawley 18 yard pass from Bobby Battipede (McNear kick)

Third Quarter

B -- Bobby Battipede 30 yard run ( McNear kick)

Fourth Quarter

HH -- Anthony DiLascio 5 yard run (Kouletas kick)

HH -- Joshua Rodriguez 6 yard pass from Frankie Billings (Kouletas kick)

Stats HH

Passing -- Frankie Billings 13 - 18 for 157 yards 2 TDs. Receiving -- Joshua Rodriguez -- 9 rec for 101 yards 1 TD. Joey Formisano --1 rec for 6 yards 1TD. Jake Summers -- 1 rec for 33 yards. Anthony DiLascio -- 2 rec for 17 yards. Rushing -- Frankie Billings -- 11 rushes for 58 yards. Anthony DiLascio -- 18 rushes for 73 yards. AJ Parente -- 1 rush for 11 yards.

PARAMUS 21, PASCACK VALLEY 20 (2 OT)

Paramus 0 0 7 0 7 7 - 21

Pascack Valley 0 0 7 0 7 6 - 20

Third Quarter

PV - Quinn Flanagan (kick good)

Paramus - Liam Lones (Durrenburger kick)

First Overtime

Paramus - Mason Merkle (kick good)

PV - Jake Crawbuck (kick good)

Second Overtime

PV - Flanagan (kick blocked)

Paramus - Firoal Tulu (kick good)

SECAUCUS 43, NEW MILFORD 14

New Milford 0 7 0 7 - 14

Secaucus 13 16 7 7 - 43

First Quarter

S - Aly Marzouk 1 run (Michael Munoz kick)

S - Marzouk 11 run (kick failed)

Second Quarter

S - Steven Vega 5 run (Munoz kick)

S - Vega 32 run (Munoz kick)

S - Safety

Third Quarter

S - Marzouk 4 run (Munoz kick)

Fourth Quarter

S - Niko Toro 65 pass from Marcus Goldsack (Munoz kick)

RUTHERFORD 35, LYNDHURST 14

Rutherford 7 28 0 0 - 35

Lyndhurt 0 0 0 14 - 14

First Quarter

R - Cole Goumas 14 run (Drew Carney kick)

Second Quarter

R - Ryan Ward 5 pass from Van Weber (Drew Carney kick)

R - Nick Lora 43 run (Carney kick)

R - Ward 59 pass from Weber (Carney kick)

R - Ward 9 pass from Weber (Carney kick)

Fourth Quarter

L - Greg Frangipane 18 pass from Shawn Bellenger (Cameron Werner kick)

L - Daniel Mabande 2 run (Werner kick)

BOONTON 40, KINNELON 21

Boonton 14 13 6 7 - 40

Kinnelon 7 7 0 7 - 21

First Quarter

B - Dylan Cannizzaro fumble recovery in end zone (Melin Ahmedi kick)

B - Nick Scaltro 42 run (Ahmedi kick)

K - run (Shane Norvis kick)

Second Quarter

B - Scaltro 6 run (Ahmedi kick)

B - Scaltro 1 run (kick failed)

K - run (Norvis kick)

Third Quarter

B - Scaltro 5 run (kick failed)

Fourth Quarter

B - Adem Qose 1 run (Ahmedi kick)

K - run (Norvis kick)

Records: Boonton 1-1, Kinnelon 1-1.

Labor Day thrills. Complete NJ high school football schedule as we approach the big weekend

The opening weekend of New Jersey high school football was action-packed and refreshingly unpredictable, yet Week Zero also involved only a fraction of the state’s teams.The real business begins this week, and fittingly just in time for Labor Day.Just about every team in the state plays over this extended weekend, beginning with a robust schedule on Thursday and ending Sunday night in Piscataway with Northern Highlands, No. 18 in the NJ.com Top 20, squaring off against Winslow in the final game of the three-day Rumble on ...

The opening weekend of New Jersey high school football was action-packed and refreshingly unpredictable, yet Week Zero also involved only a fraction of the state’s teams.

The real business begins this week, and fittingly just in time for Labor Day.

Just about every team in the state plays over this extended weekend, beginning with a robust schedule on Thursday and ending Sunday night in Piscataway with Northern Highlands, No. 18 in the NJ.com Top 20, squaring off against Winslow in the final game of the three-day Rumble on the Raritan at Rutgers SHI Stadium.

That eight-game event over three days has attracted a bundle of high-profile teams, including seven that are ranked in that preseason Top 20. Two of them, No. 5 Millville and No. 6 Irvington, will battle one another in the second game of Friday’s bill at 7 p.m. Westwood and Shore get the Rumble started at 4 p.m.

Check below for a look at that full NJ schedule from Thursday through Sunday. And don’t forget your sunscreen.

Thursday, Sep. 1

Big Central

Monroe at Ridge, 7pm

St. Thomas Aquinas at New Providence, 7pm

East Brunswick at Hillsborough, 7pm

Gov. Livingston at Johnson, 7pm

Brearley at Manville, 7pm

South Brunswick at North Brunswick, 7pm

NJIC

Rutherford at Becton, 5pm

Glen Rock at Garfield, 6pm

Lyndhurst at Waldwick, 6pm

Manchester Regional at New Milford, 6pm

Hasbrouck Heights at Hawthorne, 6pm

St. Mary (Ruth.) at North Arlington, 6pm

Ferris at Weehawken, 6pm

Bogota at Fort Lee, 6pm

Cresskill at Wood-Ridge, 7pm

SFC

Hackettstown at Kittatinny, 3pm

Pingry at Dover, 6pm

Paterson Eastside at Rancocas Valley, 6pm

Barringer at Passaic, 6pm

Demarest at Ridgefield Park, 6pm

Hanover Park at Millburn, 6pm

Ferris at Weehawken, 6pm

Pingry at Dover, 6pm

Bogota at Fort Lee, 6pm

Columbia at Livingston, 6:30pm

Dumont at Bergenfield, 6:30pm

Bloomfield at Nutley, 6:30pm

River Dell at Parsippany Hills, 7pm

Madison at Verona, 7pm

Kinnelon at Mahwah, 7pm

Whippany Park at North Warren, 7pm

East Orange at Clifton, 7pm

Shore

Marlboro at Brick Township, 6pm

Toms River East at Toms River South, 6pm

Brick Memorial at Jackson Memorial, 6pm

Barnegat at Freehold Township, 6:30pm

Central Regional at Howell, 6:30pm

Point Pleasant Beach at Pinelands, 7pm

Neptune at Point Pleasant Boro, 7pm

Holmdel at Ocean Township, 7pm

Keansburg at Jackson Liberty, 7pm

Raritan at Matawan, 7pm

WJFL

Paterson Eastside at Rancocas Valley, 6pm

Schalick at Pitman, 6pm

Deptford at Triton, 6pm

Collingswood at Cinnaminson, 6pm

Audubon at Maple Shade, 6pm

Cherry Hill West at Pennsauken, 6pm

Lindenwold at Pennsville, 6pm

Gloucester Catholic at Palmyra, 6pm

Camden Eastside at Shawnee, 6pm

Mainland at Ocean City, 6pm

Burlington City at Glassboro, 7pm

Gateway at Haddon Township, 7pm

Friday, Sep. 2

Big Central

Perth Amboy at Carteret, 6pm

Scotch Plains-Fanwood at Colonia, 6pm

Delaware Valley at Roselle, 6pm

Hunterdon Central at Piscataway, 6pm

Dunellen at Dayton, 6pm

Linden at Rahway, 6:30pm

Phillipsburg at Sayreville, 7pm

Montgomery at Franklin, 7pm

North Hunterdon at Cranford, 7pm

Voorhees at North Plainfield, 7pm

Summit at Woodbridge, 7pm

Westfield at Watchung Hills, 7pm

Roselle Park at South Hunterdon, 7pm

Somerville at Old Bridge, 7pm

Bound Brook at Middlesex, 7pm

Bridgewater-Raritan at Union, 7pm

Hillside at Bernards, 7pm

Iselin Kennedy at South Plainfield, 7pm

Tenafly at Highland Park, 7pm

J.P. Stevens at Edison, 7pm

Plainfield at Elizabeth, 7pm

Independent

Morristown-Beard at Montclair Kimberley, 12pm

NJIC

Lodi at Secaucus, 7pm

Butler at Park Ridge, 7pm

SFC

Westwood vs. Shore at Rumble on the Raritan - SHI Stadium, Rutgers, 4pm

Passaic Tech vs. Union City at Zone Six Classic - Montclair State, 5pm

Ramsey at Pascack Valley, 6pm

Ramapo at Willingboro, 6pm

Old Tappan at Paramus, 6pm

Hackensack at Ridgewood, 6:30pm

West Milford at Passaic Valley, 6:30pm

Sparta at Lakeland, 6:30pm

Newton at Warren Hills, 7pm

Don Bosco Prep at Edgewater (FL), 7pm

Asbury Park at Weequahic, 7pm

Immaculata at Manheim Central (PA), 7pm

Newark Central at Hoboken, 7pm

High Point at Jefferson, 7pm

Mountain Lakes at Lenape Valley, 7pm

Montclair Immaculate at Newark Collegiate, 7pm

Boonton at Pequannock, 7pm

Glen Ridge at Cedar Grove, 7pm

Mendham at Robbinsville, 7pm

Tenafly at Highland Park, 7pm

Belleville at Bayonne, 7pm

Lincoln at North Bergen, 7pm

West Morris at Montville, 7pm

Mount Olive at Randolph, 7pm

Orange at Paterson Kennedy, 7pm

Dickinson at Snyder, 7pm

Morris Hills at Vernon, 7pm

Caldwell at Morris Catholic, 7pm

Irvington vs. Millville at Rumble on the Raritan - SHI Stadium, Rutgers, 7pm

Bergen Catholic at Saguro (AZ), 8pm

West Orange vs. Montclair at Zone Six Classic - Montclair State, 8pm

Shore

Westwood vs. Shore at Rumble on the Raritan - SHI Stadium, Rutgers, 4pm

Manalapan at Middletown North, 6pm

Lacey at Donovan Catholic, 6:30pm

Red Bank Regional at Monmouth, 7pm

Asbury Park at Weequahic, 7pm

Middletown South at Long Branch, 7pm

Freehold Borough at Red Bank Catholic, 7pm

WJFL

Overbrook at Bordentown, 5pm

Penns Grove at Pleasantville, 6pm

Paul VI at Highland, 6pm

Wildwood at Cumberland, 6pm

Buena at Gloucester, 6pm

Clearview at Atlantic City, 6pm

Lower Cape May at Clayton, 6pm

Cherokee at Hammonton, 6pm

St. Joseph (Hamm.) at St. Augustine, 6pm

Cedar Creek at Absegami, 6pm

Egg Harbor at Holy Spirit, 6pm

Washington Township at Eastern, 6pm

Vineland at Bridgeton, 6pm

Ramapo at Willingboro, 6pm

Oakcrest at Middle Township, 6pm

Allentown at Notre Dame, 6pm

Hopewell Valley at Lawrence, 6:30pm

Pemberton at Northern Burlington, 7pm

New Egypt at Florence, 7pm

Delran at Delsea, 7pm

Cherry Hill East at Moorestown, 7pm

Kingsway at Williamstown, 7pm

Woodbury at West Deptford, 7pm

Timber Creek at Camden Catholic, 7pm

Seneca at Sterling, 7pm

Mendham at Robbinsville, 7pm

Holy Cross Prep at Bishop Eustace, 7pm

Irvington vs. Millville at Rumble on the Raritan - SHI Stadium, Rutgers, 7pm

Saturday, Sep. 3

Big Central

New Brunswick at St. Joseph (Met.), 1pm

South River at Metuchen, 1pm

Belvidere at Spotswood, 1pm

NJIC

Pompton Lakes at Saddle Brook, 1pm

SFC

Sussex Tech at Wallkill Valley, 12pm

Pope John vs. Seton Hall Prep at Rumble on the Raritan - SHI Stadium, Rutgers, 1pm

Paramus Catholic at Hudson Catholic, 1pm

DePaul at St. Joseph (Mont.), 1pm

Chatham vs. Morristown at Memorial Field, 1pm

Roxbury at Morris Knolls, 1pm

St. Joseph Prep (PA) vs. St. Peter's Prep at Rumble on the Raritan - SHI Stadium, Rutgers, 7pm

Shore

St. John Vianney at Colts Neck, 12pm

Manchester Township at Lakewood, 1pm

Toms River North vs. Rumson-Fair Haven at Rumble on the Raritan - SHI Stadium, Rutgers, 4pm

WJFL

Woodstown at Haddon Heights, 10:30am

Haddonfield at Paulsboro, 11am

Riverside at Princeton, 11am

Burlington Township at Nottingham, 12pm

Ewing at Steinert, 12pm

Hightstown at Trenton, 12pm

West Windsor-Plainsboro South at Hamilton West, 2pm

Sunday, Sep. 4

SFC

Wayne Valley vs. Lenape at Rumble on the Raritan - SHI Stadium, Rutgers, 1pm

Shabazz vs. West Side at Kean University, 5pm

Northern Highlands vs. Winslow at Rumble on the Raritan - SHI Stadium, Rutgers, 7pm

WJFL

Wayne Valley vs. Lenape at Rumble on the Raritan - SHI Stadium, Rutgers, 1pm

Salem vs. Camden at Rumble on the Raritan - SHI Stadium, Rutgers, 4pm

Northern Highlands vs. Winslow at Rumble on the Raritan - SHI Stadium, Rutgers, 7pm

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Union High School teacher passionately reveals how NJ can get more teachers

Nicholas Ferroni is one of the top educators in the nation. He's very passionate about teaching and his fellow teachers.His Instagram description says it all:"As a kid, I wanted to be a superhero, philosopher, philanthropist, psychologist, activist, actor, comedian, and lawyer... So I became a teacher."Among his many achievements, from "...

Nicholas Ferroni is one of the top educators in the nation. He's very passionate about teaching and his fellow teachers.

His Instagram description says it all:

"As a kid, I wanted to be a superhero, philosopher, philanthropist, psychologist, activist, actor, comedian, and lawyer... So I became a teacher."

Among his many achievements, from "Get Your Teach On" Ferroni was named "One of the "100 Making a Difference, for his commitment to education reform." Nick appeared on The View, Today Show, ABC News and was featured in numerous publications for a Social Experiment he did with his students that went viral. Whoopi Goldberg called it “The best social experiment ever.”

He was also named People Magazine's "Sexiest Teacher" to which he said on my New Jersey 101.5 show: "Whenever I do press, I'm very quick to bring up the fact that if that was a female teacher, she would probably lose her job, which does not obviously fall ignorant on me."

It was on that same show that Ferroni opened up about the current shortage of teachers in New Jersey and the almost impossible expectations placed upon them.

"I didn't realize half the stuff of what teachers did. I didn't realize that when I saw my teachers working jobs at the beach, or in stands or delivering T-shirts, that they had to. I didn't realize when I was using supplies in a classroom, they bought those supplies."

"Then there's the sexism in the profession. I'm guilty of being exposed to sexism because teaching is a predominately female job," says Ferroni. "And we do not value the work of women. If teaching was 70% men, it would be a six-figure-year job. And that's something, the pay, the lack of resources, then there's the politics."

"And now we're politicizing teachers. Every news segment is trying to demonize and attack and criticize teachers, We have parents show up to board meetings to complain about things that are not happening when they shouldn't be complaining that their teachers, their child's teachers, working an extra job and don't have the supplies that they need. Like it's just we want to teach, we are leaving our dream jobs. And that should scare everybody."

So what can be done to fix it and attract more teachers to New Jersey schools?

"What I'm going to tell you is what teachers have been shouting about for decades, pay teachers a livable wage, you should not have your child's teacher working extra jobs to survive. Make sure that there are fewer students in classrooms so that way teachers could actually get to know them. If you really do care about a student's mental health. Counselors only have a certain number of students so they can actually counsel students. I know counselors who have 300 kids on their caseload. And it's like little things like that, that make such a big difference."

How can you reach kids in an overcrowded classroom?

"It's impossible. Imagine you have 40 minutes to talk to, get taught, and spend time with 40 people. I can't imagine how elementary school teachers do it. If I was a parent, we need parents' help more than ever, we are in this together. If I'm a parent, I'm going to trust the person who spent 180 days with my child, who sees my child and nurtures my child. Parents should be at board meetings complaining about the lack of resources, and class time. And the fact that their teachers are so underpaid, they're working extra jobs is anything? That's what we need parents' help with."

What advice would you give to someone who's considering becoming a teacher?

"I would say that it is the best job in the world, we are fighting to improve conditions and situations. So there's more of a supply and less of a demand. But it's a calling, just know that there are teachers and there are people fighting to improve the page, just like there have always been. And hopefully, things will be better by the time they do come into this profession, but their students are waiting for them. And they're gonna have such an impact on the lives of the kids who are in their classroom. And I always say I love teaching. I just hate what comes with being a teacher."

Opinions expressed in the post above are those of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Steve Trevelise only. Follow him on Twitter @realstevetrev.

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