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When Violence Strikes

We are very saddened to hear of the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut and send our sincere thoughts and condolences. Tragic events such as this one are very challenging for families, schools and entire communities. As we try to help our children find some comfort and sense of safety in the face of such tragey, these excellent resources from The Center for School Mental Health  related to school crisis response are free and readily available:  Resources for Dealing with Traumatic Events at Schools.  You can also get useful information from the Substance

Families Helping Families

Helping out during the tough times can help us all to move toward recovery and restoration.  Check in on friends and neighbors, especially the elderly, those who don't have family nearby, who may have a disability or emotional needs, or who you you just haven't heard from in the last few days.  Drop off some groceries or a meal, help them clean up, or stop by for a chat.

Also, here are some agencies where you can volunteer or make a donation:

Help for Families Impacted by the Sandy Disaster

Our thoughts are with everyone who has been impacted by Hurricane Sandy.  We hope everyone is safe and starting the recovery process.  Our offices in Newark now have power and our phone systems and internet service are up and running.  Over the next few days, our staff may not be at full force as each of us copes with the impact of Sandy on our homes and families.  So, please be patient with us.  We will get back to you.

In the meantime, here are some resources that may help:

  • For a listing of emergency shelters, warming stations and other assistance with immediate needs in your area, visit

NJ Advocates To Secretary Duncan: NJ’s NCLB Waiver Will Harm Schools Serving Our Neediest Children

Trenton, NJ –  Dozens of New Jersey parent advocacy groups, researchers, civil rights and social justice organizations, organized labor, community activists and elected officialstoday urged Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to examine the disparate racial and economic impacts of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waiver granted to the state by the U.S. Education Department last spring. 

The request came in the form of a letter to Secretary Duncan outlining the signers’ concerns with the punitive accountability system put in place by the NJ Department of Education (NJDOE) as a result of the

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