Gov. Christie made his first public appearance since suspending his campaign for president in Newark at a ribbon cutting for Elliott Street School, which is reopening after being severely damaged by fire 10 years ago.
Nearly 50 percent of Newark high schoolers missed 18 days or more of school. The district has formed an attendance committee made up of educators and community members to try to tackle the problem of chronic absenteeism.
The Disney Music in Schools program has come to New Jersey, giving under-resourced schools performance rights, scripts, CDs and in-school support from NJPAC teaching artists to perform Disney musicals.
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