Local Beat: Mapping New Jersey immigration by school district

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MAPPING NEW JERSEY IMMIGRATION BY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Elinor Comlay of Route 40 teamed up with Collen O’Dea of NJ Spotlight to create this interactive map of immigration in New Jersey at the school-district level. The map shows that more immigrant children are attending New Jersey schools, and they increasingly live in the state’s urban areas.

CHARTER SCHOOLS MORATORIUM SPARKS SPARRING AT DEMOCRATIC GUBERNATORIAL PRIMARY DEBATE
The possibility of a moratorium on charter schools in Newark sparked a heated exchange between the four major Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls at the final Democratic primary debate on Thursday. Mark Bonamo of TAP into Newark says the exchange led to a contentious back-and-forth between the candidates, putting a direct spotlight on one of the more critical education issues in New Jersey’s largest city.

HOBOKEN OFFICIALS DENOUNCE ‘HATE SPEECH’ AFTER VAPE VAN VIDEO GOES VIRAL
Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer and Councilman-at-Large Ravi Bhalla have condemned “hate speech” after video footage of a vape van employee hurling racial slurs at another man went viral. John Heinis of Hudson County View says the city council will submit a resolution to revoke the vape van’s vendor license.

EAST BRUNSWICK BOE ADDRESSES BIAS INCIDENTS IN SCHOOLS
The East Brunswick Board of Education is responding to bias incidents and language that occurred in several local schools. Maureen Berzok of TAP into East Brunswick says Superintendent Victor Valeski is doubling down on the district’s “Less-Than-Zero-Tolerance” policy when it comes to discrimination.

RAHWAY DENIES REQUEST FOR BODY, DASH CAM FOOTAGE
The City of Rahway has denied a request by Mark Hrywna of Rahway Rising under the state’s Open Public Records Act (OPRA) for dash and body camera footage. Hrywna says the city provided the police reports and other relevant documents, but is refusing to supply the camera footage because there is “no governing legal precedent in New Jersey regarding the issue of whether body camera or Motor Vehicle Recorder (MVR) (i.e., ‘dashboard’) videos should be disclosed in response to a records request.”

TEMPERS FLARE AT WESTFIELD TOWN COUNCIL MEETING WHEN CONVERSATIONS FROM FACEBOOK SPILL INTO DISCUSSION
A discussion at a Westfield Town Council meeting became somewhat heated on Tuesday after a local resident called out a Westfield councilman for a recent comment he made on Facebook. Jackie Lieberman of TAP into Westfield says Greg Kasko accused Councilman Mark LoGrippo of making – and then later deleting – a comment in a Westfield Facebook group that Kasko says was laced with racial bias.

REMEMBERING THE HINDENBURG: 80 YEARS LATER
Micromedia Publications has marked the 80th anniversary of the Hindenburg disaster at the Lakehurst Naval Base on May 6, 1937 by releasing a series of special coverage that looks at the Hindenburg before and after the infamous crash.

HUNDREDS RALLY IN NEWARK FOR UNDOCUMENTED RUTGERS STUDENT FACING DEPORTATION
Jack Murtha of TAP into New Brunswick followed undocumented Rutgers student and activist Carimer Andujar, along with hundreds of her supporters, all the way from New Brunswick to Newark to cover her interview at ICE headquarters.

ROWAN, RUTGERS LAUNCH JOINT PROGRAM FOR ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVERS
The joint board of governors for Rowan and Rutgers universities voted Tuesday to establish a certificate program designed to help Alzheimer’s patients, their families, and their caregivers deal with the struggles associated with the disease. Matt Skoufalos of NJ Pen says the “Alzheimer’s Journey Coordination Certificate Program” will launch at Camden County College in 2018.

A GUN VICTIM’S STORY: CAROLYN TUFT AND THE PAIN THAT NEVER ENDS
Kevin Coughlin of Morristown Green sat down with Carolyn Tuft to discuss the tragedy that changed her life a decade ago: the day her 15-year-old daughter was shot in Salt Lake City’s Trolley Square mall.

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