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Cerf Sails Through Annual Report in Front of State Board of Ed.

Newark superintendent Chris Cerf presented a state-mandated annual report on the status of Newark's state-controlled schools.

School Board Elections: the Race No One Wants to Run

School Board elections can often grow contentious, controversial and in the case of New Jersey this year, uncontested. 522 school districts will select board candidates today, but most of the seats have just one or none running.

Major Cuts Happen at Rider University

Rider University announced the termination of 14 majors, the move of three others down to a minor and the layoff of 14 full-time faculty due to budget cuts. The cuts will save the university $2 million a year, as they try to close a $7.5 million budget gap.

Non-Profit Gives Students the Instruments to Succeed

Little Kids Rock is a national non-profit that trains public school teachers to teach kids popular music that they can relate to. The program purchases new instruments like guitars, drums, keyboards and microphones, and donates them to schools. Since 2002 Little Kids Rock has reached more than 400,000 kids in schools throughout the nation.

Ten Percent of New Jersey Students are Chronically Absent

Chronic absenteeism is defined as missing 10 percent or more school days. New Jersey has a 180-day school year, that means missing 28 days or more a school year, or two days a month. Chronic absenteeism has a ripple effect on test scores and graduation rates.

Creating a Culture of Health at Rutgers’ Newest Institute

The 80,000-square foot New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health Institute cost $55 million to build with private donations and taxpayer help, but the lives it intends to save are countless.

Study Says Excessive Homework Leads to Stressed and Tired Students

The results of a recent survey of 22,000 high schoolers indicates 39 percent of students in school are tired, 29 percent are stressed.

New Jersey PARCC Math Results Troublesome

More than half of the students tested failed to meet expectations or grade level.

Women Entrepreneurship Week Inspires Women in Business

During New Jersey's second annual Women Entrepreneurship Week, Montclair State University's Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship had a series of workshops and networking opportunities aimed at nurturing women entrepreneurs.

Calls to Override Bond Vote as Overcrowding in Freehold Schools Persists

Freehold schools have been dealing with severe overcrowded. A growing Hispanic population, in addition to Freehold taxpayers voting against a bond referendum to build new classrooms, have prevented the district from combating the problem. The superintendent says the district is out of whack by about 550 students, causing libraries and technology labs to be partitioned off into classrooms.