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New Jersey Students Head To School… On Saturday!

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) - It’s called “Saturday Academy.”


WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane reports

It’s three hours of math and language arts classes for students in Union Township starting at 8 a.m. sharp.

Collared shirts will be required for boys, and dresses, skirts, or slacks are in order for girls. There will be no jeans and no sneakers.

It’s a little like prep school, Union Township superintendent of schools Dr. Patrick Martin told The Star-Ledger.

“There are certain stipulations – that the youngster creates any kind of problem, he’s out of the program,” Township Board of Education president Anthony Manochio told WCBS 880 reporter Paul Murnane. “If he’s not dressed appropriately, he’s out of the program. And, with those on the waiting list, we’ll replace him.”

Martin took over the district with a vow that students who have failed to meet testing minimums would not advance a grade. So, it’s Saturday math and English for the next ten weeks.