Melanie is the New Jersey education writer, based in Mount Laurel, focusing on issues and trends in public and charter schools.

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Camden may have to close some schools, superintendent says

“We just can’t continue to do the same thing,” Camden Schools Chief Katrina McCombs on the need to close schools in the struggling district.

Meeting the need: Schools find ways to serve up meals for kids amid the pandemic

“As long as I’m around, they won’t go hungry,” said Monique Goff, a cook at Bridgeton’s Buckshutem Road School on the push to make sure students get free meals while schools are closed.

‘It’s a great feeling’: Philadelphia restaurants reopen for limited indoor dining

"Even at 25 percent capacity, it's a great sign of hope," restaurant owner Stephen Starr says about a return to indoor dining for patrons.

‘A terrible thing happened’: How teachers are explaining the Capitol insurrection to students

“We are watching history,” said Cherry Hill teacher Megan Langman. “We are studying history.”

South Jersey school district reaches $950,000 settlement with family of girl lured and attacked by cyber predator

Family of South Jersey girl who was sexually assaulted by cyber predator who lured her through her school issued-laptop reaches $950K settlement with school district.

‘Ted’s Great Adventure’: How South Jersey neighbors rallied to rescue a lost German shepherd

"It is absolutely wonderful to get him back," says the owner of Ted, a German Shepherd rescue who eluded trackers for weeks after escaping from a South Jersey kennel in late October.

‘I fell in love with teaching’: Cherry Hill educator is retiring after 62 years

“It’s just a part of me,” retiring Cherry Hill principal Lawyer H. Chapman said of his 62 years as an educator.

Jacqulin and Preston Gunning, 93, die five days apart

“My mom was calling him, telling him to come. That’s what he did,” said their son, Calvin Gunning. “They’re where they’re supposed to be — together.”

Students aren’t showing up for virtual learning. ‘Are they well cared for? Are they safe?’

“This should be a wake-up call,” said David Sciarra, executive director of the Education Law Center, on declining attendance numbers in Camden schools.

Morris L. Smith, retired chemist, inventor, and civil rights leader, dies at 87

During a career spanning three decades at the Scott Paper Co. in Chester, Pa., Mr. Smith, was awarded four patents for innovations that helped change the toilet paper industry.