About this episode:

Join PEP as we speak with two guests on the topic of graduation requirements for our high school students in NJ. With the fiasco currently occurring regarding graduation assessment tests, we need to focus on how to be sure our students are not negatively affected by decisions being made. To learn more about current issues on this topic visit our blog section of the website for multiple articles and fact vs myth.

PEP also discusses other factors influencing graduation and options available to those who do not go the traditional route of graduating. You don’t necessarily have to pass the assessment to graduate in NJ. We at PEP want to be sure to provide parents, guardians, and students with all necessary information to make the best decision for each individual student. They are the future so we must support their growth now.


Theodore (TJ) Best
Freeholder Theodore O. Best, Jr. was elected on November 8, 2011, becoming the youngest Freeholder ever in Passaic County and the State of NJ. Born and raised in Paterson, NJ, Freeholder Best learned first hand how governmental policies impact everyday life. A lack of funding for recreation and after-school programs motivated Freeholder Best to get involved in student government at East Side High School and the city’s NAACP youth division where he became President of both organizations. Freeholder Best’s civic engagement followed him to Rutgers University where he served as Convener of the Dean’s Diversity Advocacy Board, Chairperson of the President’s Student Advisory Board, and headed the RU Voting Campaign.
Rashon Mickens
Principal Rashon Mickens started out as an All-Star point guard at Elizabeth High School, Wichita State University and professionally, now he's one of America's top educators as Principal of Abraham Clark High School in Roselle, NJ and continues to work extremely hard to ensure that all students are being prepared for College, Work, and Life.