Rouhanifard: Slow and Steady Progress in Camden School System//Mary Alice Williams//NJTV News

All New Jersey’s public schools share one distinction: Low scores on the controversial PARCC tests. About half of our students aren’t working at grade level, but by far the most dismal PARCC scores released today were in Camden. They show that at best eight percent of Camden students are proficient in English/Language Arts and Math. At worst, one percent. Only three percent are proficient in Algebra I. In Geometry and Algebra II it’s one percent. Paymon Rouhanifard took over as superintendent of the struggling district just two years ago.

'Health sciences' corridor to rise in Camden//Jonathan Lai//Philly.com

Leveling a city block in downtown Camden to build a "health sciences" campus, the Rowan University/Rutgers-Camden Board of Governors has begun flexing its muscle, making clear the scope of its mission and powers.

Less than two years since its creation, the board also has funded diabetes research and steered federal grant money to training and jobs program.

The most tangible evidence is the demolition work on the block diagonally across from the Walter Rand Transportation Center - a block that the joint board has nearly finished acquiring, in part using eminent domain.

SUBARU OF AMERICA BREAKS GROUND ON NEW HEADQUARTERS IN CAMDEN, NJ

Cherry Hill, N.J. -  Subaru of America, Inc. today broke ground on its future home in Camden, NJ. The company plans to develop an all-new $118 million corporate headquarters in the city, and in doing so, maintain its corporate headquarters in New Jersey as it has for approaching 50 years.
 

Camden students develop downtown urban farm//Allison Steele//Philly.com

A group of Camden teens has come up with one solution to the city's small number of healthy food sources: an urban farm in the heart of downtown, complete with small vegetable gardens and planters.

In designing the project, four LEAP Academy Charter School students teamed up with students from Rutgers-Camden and several of its professors. The resulting proposal depicts hanging gardens and soil beds to be installed along Cooper Street, in front of the buildings that make up LEAP's downtown campus.

North Camden has never had a high school... until now//Greg Adomaitis//NJ.com

Home to roughly 7,500 people and officially the city's very first neighborhood dating back to the 1700s, North Camden has never had a high school of its own.

That was the case right up until Tuesday night, when city school district officials announced plans to educate hundreds of students who otherwise had to find somewhere else in Camden to continue their education.

Camden moms get supermarket lesson//Carly Q. Romalino//Courier-Post

CAMDEN - In the narrow aisles at Cousin's Supermarket Tuesday, a half-dozen Camden mothers huddled around a nutritionist, watching her point to unit pricing tags and nutrition labels and waiting for the Spanish translation.

The group shuffled from the fresh produce department to the Marlton Avenue grocery store's canned goods and cereal aisles.

The Camden mothers — all WIC-eligible with children in the city's Head Start program — left the store with a $10 fresh food voucher and tips for stretching a nutritionally packed dollar.

New report says Camden 'eds and meds' having $2 billion economic impact on city//By Andrew George//NJBIZ

A task force comprised of Camden's higher education and health care leaders has released a new report indicating that its nine anchor institutions have had an economic impact of more than $2 billion on the city, while creating more than 2,300 new jobs.

How N.J. school district is making enrollment much easier//Written by Greg Adomaitis//NJ.com

Replacing a "patchwork" system of 17 different applications, the Camden City School District on Tuesday rolled out a better way of getting kids into school.

Camden Enrollment is a website that will allow parents to research which school would be the best fit for their children. The new effort replaces the current system that had rolling deadlines over a nine-month period, school district officials said.

OP-ED: TAKING STOCK OF CAMDEN’S NEW ‘RENAISSANCE SCHOOLS,’ ONE YEAR LATER//Written by Janellen Duffy and Michele Mason//NJ Spotlight

A little over a year ago, “renaissance schools” were about to open in Camden, and by the sound of things you would’ve thought the sky was going to fall. According to the critics, “renaissance schools” were going to “destroy” public education and fail to serve the same high-need students as district schools.

So now that these new public schools -- a hybrid of district and charter schools --have served Camden students for a year, let’s take a look and see whom these schools served and how they did.

Camden schools get part of $50 million teaching grant//Written by Phaedra Trethan//Courier Post

CAMDEN - The Walton Family Foundation, an Arkansas-based charity founded by the family that owns Walmart, has given $50 million to Teach For America (TFA) to hire new teachers — including 75 in the city of Camden.

The grant, announced Wednesday, supports teacher recruitment efforts, training and professional development as part of a three-year program.

Schools in the Mississippi Delta region of Arkansas and Mississippi will receive funding for 800 teachers; Memphis, New Orleans, Houston, Los Angeles and Indianapolis will also receive funding for hundreds of new teachers.

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