Say it ain’t snow. School will be in session during previously scheduled Spring Break for the Camden City School District.
Inclement weather, resulting in seven snow days, forced the decision. State law requires students have 180 instructional days.
That means school will be in session for students and staff from April 21-25.
When DonorsChoose distributed $100 gift cards to every parent in Camden, the non-profit fundraising website assumed no more than 20 percent of parents would actually go home, log online and use the cards to fund a school project.
In Los Angeles, Memphis, Tampa and other large cities where they'd launched similar campaigns, only about 10 percent of parents redeemed cards.
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State-appointed superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard will present a strategic plan for Camden schools Monday at Octavius V. Catto Community School.
The presentation, open to the public, starts at 6 p.m. with a light dinner and discussion to follow.
Rouhanifard will present the plan again at Tuesday night's school board meeting.
Joseph's House, a shelter slated to open next month, is welcoming in cold Camdenites this week.
An official opening has not been announced but organizers and city officials worked together to get a temporary certificate of occupancy issued in time for the shelter to open Monday. It's housed about 70 people each night since.
"It's been a project that a lot of people have been investing in, and I don't mean just dollars and so for last night and tonight, to know people are not freezing in the elements, that's a great feeling," said Executive Director John Klein. "A lot of people were sleeping comfortably last night, and that's a good thing."
Dinner is served.
Gov. Christie is scheduled to stop in Camden Thursday afternoon to meet with students at Dudley Elementary who are benefitting from an afterschool dinner pilot program launched earlier this month.
The governor, who put the Camden School District under state control last year, touted the work of state-appointed Superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard in his state of the state speech last week. Rouhanifard was one of several Camden leaders Christie tipped his hat to in the address.
It's a statistic that on its face sounds so horrible it keeps getting repeated. Three students in Camden city schools scored "college ready" on their SATs in 2012.
In his state of the state address Gov. Christie brought the stat up saying "How bad is it in Camden? Last year, only three students graduated ‘college ready’."
The reality is much more nuanced than that and a posting on the number of Camden high school graduates who have gone on to college, released by the NJEA, provided more evidence of that.
Seven organizations, some who already operate charter schools in Camden and some who have vied for the opportunity before unsuccessfully, submitted applications to open Renaissance Schools in the city.
The organizations, according to a school official are:
1. Camden Charter School Network, which currently operates Pride Elementary School, Promise Middle School, Academy High School and Katz Academy.
It's that time of the year. Inaugurations and reorganizations.
Tomorrow, Mayor Dana L. Redd will take her oath of office for the second time at 2 p.m. at Antioch Baptist Church at 690 Ferry Avenue. Redd won re-election in November against challengers, Republican Arnold Davis and Independents Pastor Amir Khan, Pastor Clyde Cook and Councilman Brian Coleman.
Redd led her nearest rival, independent Amir Khan, by a 3-1 ratio in the election which saw only 30 percent of registered voters turn out to the polls.