A New Jersey teacher made national news recently by promoting "neo-pronouns" on TikTok.
Nairobi Colon, an art teacher who works in the KIPP charter school system here, posted videos responding to critical comments from users who accused her of "grooming" students with gender ideology.
With over 600,000 followers on her TikTok, she interviewed and recorded 4th-grade students discussing her non-binary "they/them" preferred pronouns, writing on one of her videos, "Indoctrinating my students", according to an article on Fox News.
In one video, Colon showed a helpful diagram that included new, invented pronouns such as "xe/xie," "hir," "xyr," "eirs," "verself" "eiself," "perself," and "xemself."
Many institutions and most colleges in NJ have implemented standards for pronoun use in order to be more inclusive of students who choose pronouns we may never have heard before.
And by now, you’ve all gotten used to the new way we’re all learning to speak.
And if you thought it was awkward before, you’ve got a lot more to get used to.
And get used to it you must because as we’ve all been told, “language is always evolving”.
And, they tell us the same way we’ve gotta get used to “stan” and “baller,” then pronouns like “ve” and “eirs” should be no problem.
NJ teachers and educators caught in sex crime busts
Over the past few years, state lawmakers have taken on the challenge of dealing with accused child predators among the ranks of teachers and educators.
In 2018, the so-called “pass the trash” law went into effect, requiring stricter New Jersey school background checks related to child abuse and sexual misconduct.
The follow individuals were arrested over the past several years. Some have been convicted and sentenced to prison, while others have accepted plea deals for probation.
Others cases are still pending, including some court delays amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
New Jersey high school graduation rates
The lists below show 4-year graduation rates for New Jersey public schools for the 2020-21 school year. The statewide graduation rate fell slightly, from 91% in 2019-20 to 90.6%.
The lists, which are sorted by county and include a separate list for charter schools, also include a second graduation rate, which excludes students whose special education IEPs allow them to qualify for diplomas despite not meeting typical coursework and attendance requirements.
Columns with an asterisk or 'N' indicate there was no data or it was suppressed to protect student privacy.