Rutgers-Camden to cover tuition for low-income students//Written by Carly Q. Romalino//Courier-Post

CAMDEN - Rutgers University’s Camden campus is redoing its financial aid system so new students from families making $60,000 a year or less won’t have to pay any tuition.

There also will be significant financial aid for students whose families have incomes from $60,001 to $100,000 under the “Bridging the Gap” program announced Monday.

The program is for students who graduate from high school and enroll in 2016. It will cover tuition and fees — which total about $14,000 for the current academic year — but not room and board at the largely commuter university.

'Seven Day Pledge' Shows Results for Innovative Coalition in Camden//Written by Andrew Kitchenman//NJ Spotlight

For patients and doctors, it pays to make appointments shortly after patients are hospitalized due to chronic conditions, as it reduces the chances for future readmissions - although it hasn’t paid off in terms of dollars and cents.

Until this year in Camden, that is, when an effort that rewards both doctors and their patients for making quick follow-up appointments is swiftly yielding good results.

COMMENTARY: All Camden schools can rise//Written by Paymon Rouhanifard//Courier Post

As I head into my third year as superintendent, there are encouraging signs of progress across the Camden City School District: In the last year alone, the graduation rate rose six points, more students attended pre-school than ever before, and students, staff and families all reported feeling safer.

But we need to keep pushing forward. Even though the graduation rate is up, for example, nearly four in 10 high school students are still not graduating on time.

A Child’s Laugh Brings A Smile To Every Face//Written by Ellen Lambert//PSEG

I remember taking my children to the local park while they were growing up and watching them run around, make friends and most importantly, laugh. They had the wonderful opportunity of being able to play in a safe place. Unfortunately, many children growing up in poverty don’t have such opportunities. They don’t have access to safe playgrounds that encourage them to stay active by playing with friends.

$700M development coming to Camden//Written by Phaedra Trethan//Courier Post

CAMDEN Gov. Chris Christie saw Pope Francis address the U.S. Congress in Washington, D.C., Thursday morning as a guest of Rep. Tom MacArthur.

By Thursday afternoon, he was in Camden to join city officials in announcing a major development on the city's waterfront — a $700 million project he called "another concrete commitment from the business community" to help renew the beleaguered city.

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