Melanie is a general assignment reporter based in Cherry Hill. She joined the Inquirer in March 2000 as an Education Reporter. She spent five years on the Editorial Board. She previously worked for the Associated Press as a newsperson and correspondent covering five counties in South Jersey.
New Jersey wants its 1.1 million public school students to learn black history year-round. A new initiative will send teachers to trans-Atlantic sites associated with the slave trade to better prepare teachers.
In unofficial results Wednesday afternoon with 100% of the precincts reporting, the leading five candidates from two slates were: Nyemah Gillespie with 2,070 votes; Falio Leyba-Martinez, 1,742; Elton Custis, 1,604; JeNell McRae, 1,546; and Tyann La’Shae Wall, 1,541.
“Expanding and improving computer science programs in our public schools will help provide our students with the critical thinking skills they need to succeed in today’s global economy,” the governor said.
A former Deptford police sergeant who fatally shot an alleged shoplifter, who authorities say tried to run him over while fleeing a strip mall, has been approved for “accidental disability retirement” and will receive a $6,200-a-month pension, records show.
“For a long time we’ve been getting the short end of the stick,” said Elton Custis, 37, a mental health specialist who is running on a ticket backed by the Camden Education Association. “This is a grand opportunity for anyone who has a vested interest in our children.”
Cherry Hill says those parents who can afford to pay their outstanding fees should do so. Meanwhile, state lawmakers are drafting legislation to expand free meals to thousands of New Jersey public school students.