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NJ Governor School 2008


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  • FindmepeteFindmepete Registered User Posts: 345 Member
    gotjjs - "It is entirely possible to be accepted to the supplemental program only, if a scholar is only available for the 9 day program."

    Why would one apply to the supplemental program if they were only available for the nine day program? This doesn't make sense.
  • wtuanwtuan Registered User Posts: 35 Junior Member
    I got in International Study too. Where do we send the reply letter to?
  • thefoodie^^thefoodie^^ Registered User Posts: 70 Junior Member
    i'm in for environmental studies! :]
  • wildchartermagewildchartermage Registered User Posts: 1,003 Senior Member
    rejected from envrioment schooll......not that it matters anymore because I moved to CT last Feb, right before I applied to NJ gov school on the envrionment. So even i got in, i wouldn't be able to go.
    but hey, i got into something better. I'm going to do a research project under a professor this summer at an university!
  • onthebrinkonthebrink Registered User Posts: 222 Junior Member
    Part of article today in the newspaper:

    Governor's Schools to be scaled back
    by John Mooney/The Star-Ledger
    Tuesday April 15, 2008, 8:48 PM
    After two years of dodging serious budget cuts, the Governor's Schools will be scaled back drastically this summer due to a shortfall in needed funds, officials said.

    The residential program for gifted teens, which at its peak served 600 students in six different month-long schools, will be reduced this summer to fewer than 400 students in schools lasting between one and three weeks each.

    Supporters and officials in the 20-year-old program are still hoping for a late infusion of money -- possibly from the state -- to help them at least accept more students.

    "But I can't ask the schools to sign contracts and accept kids with money we just don't have," said Jane Oates, chairman of the Governor's Schools board of overseers and director of the state's Commission on Higher Education.

    The funding of the Governor's Schools -- one of nearly two dozen across the country -- has been in turmoil since 2006, when Gov. Jon Corzine cut nearly $2 million in funding because of the state's escalating fiscal crisis.

    The initial cut -- essentially gutting its entire budget -- brought an outcry from supporters and alumni of the schools, which are located on different college campuses and focus on fields of study like arts, engineering and international studies.

    Students are typically nominated by their high schools to attend, and are chosen through a lengthy application process. There is no cost to the students or their families.

    With Corzine's help, a high-profile fundraising drive was launched that spring and raised the necessary funds for that summer's classes to proceed. Corzine's private foundation contributed $200,000, and five- and six-figure gifts came in from some of the state's largest corporations and non-profits. Leftover funds and some further fundraising helped the program survive largely intact last summer as well.

    But while there have been new donations from corporate giants like New Jersey Resources, Prudential and Schering-Plough, many other initial funders, including Corzine, have yet to come forward this year, and an alumni drive has yielded little. A tuition system was considered, but discarded amid worries it would leave out too many students.

    So with about $500,000 in hand, a decision was made to provide each school a third of its usual funding and let them each devise how to provide for the students.

    For instance, the Governor's School of the Arts at the College of New Jersey will serve the full complement of 100 students but run only a week. The School of the Environment at Stockton College will have 49 students for two weeks. The School of Engineering and Technology at Rutgers will be for three weeks, but for just 42 students.

    Laura Bilodeau Overdeck has been among the program's top benefactors, giving $200,000 in the first year and committing the same amount this year. An alumna of the School of Science at Drew University and now vice chair of its board, Overdeck said she continues to pin her hopes on the state coming through with additional money.

    The Legislature last year added $100,000 to the final state budget, and the same amount is in the budget proposal for this summer. But Overdeck said New Jersey's program is still the only one of 21 across the country where public funds pay less than half of the operating costs.

    "Even Louisiana -- let's face it, not a wealthy state -- does more than we do," she said. "Why can't we even keep up with them?"

    Read the full story in Wednesday's Star-Ledger.
  • gotjjsgotjjs Registered User Posts: 30 Junior Member
    I didn't understand that sentence either so when I emailed them, they emailed me back this message:

    What that sentence means is that if some scholars decide not to attend the supplemental program we will invite alternates to come to just that portion of the month.

    I still don't really understand.. but I think they miswrote that sentence. :/

  • gotjjsgotjjs Registered User Posts: 30 Junior Member

    Alright. Now THIS frustrates me.
    It seems like they're not organized at all.

  • getrealk20getrealk20 Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
    Are the other governor's schools just as good as the new jersey one?
  • wis3lywis3ly Registered User Posts: 761 Member
    ^Does your state offer governor's school? If so, then probably yes.
  • classof09classof09 Registered User Posts: 944 Member
    does anyone know how many students are attending each program this summer?
  • onthebrinkonthebrink Registered User Posts: 222 Junior Member
    Engineering and Technology - 42
  • lingirl23lingirl23 Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    im on govorners school for the viola this year...well im really excited...but im kind of mad! only nine days! i found out like a month ago and was in shock. but i still cant believe the NJ budget cuts!!! of course they shorten the arts program the most! they dont even give the quartets adequate time to make a worthwhile cd for colleges. errrg im mad. nine days is not long enough to make a good quartet. and all you smart engineer kids get like three weeks to do god knows what....smart people things. i bet you anything that all the original music funding went to pay for a turf field somewhere in morristown.
  • rolledeyes611rolledeyes611 Registered User Posts: 24 New Member
    they cut either the length or the number of people. the school for the arts has the same number it would normally have and a drastically shorter program whereas the school for sciences has a smaller number of people and a longer program.
  • ivybaby19ivybaby19 Registered User Posts: 81 Junior Member
    omg its sad to see what has happened to the governors school. i went to public issues in 2006 right before the budget cuts. it was for the whole month of july and there was a hundred of us. gov school was one of the best experiences of my life so enjoy it!!
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