Education

May 11, 2021

STAFFORD, NJ - Authorities estimate that a group of between 300-350 people gathered yesterday in support of Erin Pein, a suspended Stafford Township school nurse. Pein acknowledged she was one of three individuals whose contract was not renewed when the Board of Education came back from closed ...

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STAFFORD, NJ — Stafford Superintendent of Schools George Chiadiac has issued directives for those who plan to protest before the district’s Board of Education meeting today. Protesters are expected to gather at 4:30 p.m. at the Stafford Township Performing Arts Center in support of Erin Pein, a ...

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NEW JERSEY — For the last fourteen months, New Jerseyans have been in the midst of the worst global pandemic in most of our lifetimes. The number of positive cases of COVID-19 in NJ has just recently reached the 1 million mark. This is one out of every nine people in the state. Just over 25,000 ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Murphy reported during his COVID briefing on Wednesday that effective May 19, the state will lift the prohibition on interstate indoor youth competitions. Additionally, he said that only 16 school districts are still all remote.  "We continue to work to see every school ...

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OCEAN COUNTY, NJ – A 2021 list released by U.S. News & World Report last week ranks high schools both nationally and statewide. The study considered 424 public high schools throughout New Jersey and used data from the 2018-2019 school year. Most of Ocean County’s high schools appeared in the ...

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STAFFORD — A local, Stafford Township School District nurse found it extremely hard to witness children wearing masks all day long in school. Her conviction became too strong to continue to keep quiet on the matter.  When she decided to do something about it, she got suspended from her job in ...

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NEW JERSEY — In the year of coronavirus, school district superintendent salaries increased 2.9% statewide to a median cost of $174,689, up from $169,689 the year before, recently released state Education Department data show. Southern Regional Superintendent Craig Henry makes $226,977 in ...

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CHARLOTTE, NC — Evan and Miranda Henken (formerly Dougherty) first met and began dating during high school. The couple both attended and graduated from Southern Regional in 2016. Evan and Miranda have been together for 5 years and tied the knot in October 2020.  After high school they both moved ...

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Schools get details of plan to postpone standardized tests and word on what to expect in the new school year.  This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Joseph Postiglione, who teaches non-verbal autistic students in third to fifth grade at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School, wants to help his pupils build an outdoor courtyard that will be “their own comfortable place” and he will teach them “valuable life and social skills along the ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ  – Rutgers University will require the COVID-19 vaccine for students who are enrolled for the 2021 fall semester. Assurances from the federal government that vaccines will be available for all Americans by the end of May and assessments by public health experts prompted ...

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The COVID-19 challenges remain, some say, but worth the effort to end year in school. This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com. When ...

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WASHINGTON, DC - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new relaxed guidelines for schools to navigate reopening in-person instruction amid the coronavirus pandemic. As of March 19, the CDC recommends students maintain 3 feet of social distance in classrooms—a decrease from the ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Every 23 seconds of every day in the United States, someone attempts suicide. Every 11 minutes, an individual dies from suicide. These most recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)—an estimated 1.4 million suicide attempts and 48,344 deaths ...

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NEW JERSEY -- In its new rankings of public schools nationwide, U.S. News & World Report said New Jersey is the state with the country’s top education system and is number one in pre-school enrollment.        “Investments in our students are investments in the future of our state, and I am ...

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BARNEGAT, NJ – Children may be resilient but that is not to say they are not feeling pandemic related stress. Four-legged Winnie was in therapy mode last week as she brightened the day for some students at the Cecil C. Collins School. Winnie came equipped with her own special school bag and ...

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STAFFORD — Area residents are invited to check out another education option for their students. The Lighthouse Christian Academy, 400 Beach Avenue in Manahawkin is offering an open house.  The Open House takes place this Friday, March 5 from 4 to 7 p.m.  "At the Open House you and your ...

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TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey will expand COVID-19 vaccine eligibility later this month to millions more people including teachers, the homeless and clergy, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday. Educators have been among the groups lobbying for higher prioritization. As of March 15, K-12 educators and ...

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Districts will measure if students are learning at, above or below grade level in language arts, math and science. This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, ...

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Gov. Announces Two Initiatives: Opportunity Meets Innovation Challenge Grants ($28.5 Million) and Hunger-Free Campus Grant Program ($1 Million) TRENTON – Gov. Phil Murphy and Secretary of Higher Education Dr. Brian Bridges announced that $29.5 million in federal funding will be available to New ...

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TRENTON - Governor Phil Murphy and New Jersey Department of Education (DOE) Acting Commissioner Dr. Angelica Allen-McMillan on Friday announced “The Road Forward,” a series of coordinated policy initiatives that dramatically expand the Administration’s efforts to identify and address the academic ...

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STAFFORD - The Southern Regional Board of Education approved giving the seniors in the Class of 2021 an improved experience at school. Starting Tuesday, February 16, Southern Regional seniors have the opportunity to attend class at at Southern five days a week. Mr. Eric Wilhelm, Southern ...

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BARNEGAT, NJ - Barnegat High School Coach Sue Rogers’ induction as the first local coach into the New Jersey Coaches Hall of Fame deserves its share of accolades. However, Rogers’ personal commitment to Barnegat students puts her in an even higher class. Rogers employs coaching into her daily ...

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STAFFORD- Southern Regional Athletic Director has released the intentions of a number of 2021 Southern Regional student athletes for the fall. Southern Regional Baseball player Mike Mucci has committed to continue his education and baseball careers at Delaware Tech.   Southern basketball ...

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STAFFORD - The Southern Regional School District is planning to return to hybrid and in-person instruction on Tuesday, January 19. Students can still choose to remain in all virtual instruction. All instruction for hybrid and virtual students will be real-time synchronous on January 19. All ...

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STAFFORD — Stafford Township School District Superintendent George Chidiac has announced that the school district will transition to full remote learning effective Monday, January 11 until Monday, January 25 due the increase in positive Covid-19 cases in the district and region.  Chidiac sent ...

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STAFFORD — Southern star athlete Nate Committe has committed to Division 1 Bellarmine University to complete in the Mens Lacrosse program. Committe is a junior defenseman at Southern.   Bellarmine plays a tough Division One schedule, and they are members of the Southern Conference. Committe ...

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PATERSON, NJ – Joe Louis Clark, the legendary Eastside High School principal who inspired the movie “Lean On Me,” has died at the age of 82, his family said in a statement. After retiring from a three-decade long career in education, Clark moved to Gainesville, Florida, where he passed away Tuesday ...

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NEW JERSEY — Ten school districts across the Garden State will receive $10 million to expand their preschool programs starting in February 2021, a move expected to improve existing seats and add 818. The money has been earmarked in the governor's 2021 budget, he announced Monday. “These ...

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TRENTON - Ninth Legislative District Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf, and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove said today they will vote against legislation that would require school districts to provide instruction on diversity and inclusion, including a focus on sexual orientation, ...

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