State funding per child for preschool programs has declined over the last decade. In the most recent year for which statistics are available, 9,000 fewer 4-year-olds participated in publicly-funded preschool.
There is no denying that the SAT test has become a misunderstood educational instrument through the years. My message to college admissions offers that grades -- not SAT scores -- should be what matters the most for all students -- and especially urban minorities.
Most writers are leery of having their work adapted for the screen for fear their characters or plotlines won't survive the process. In the case of nonfiction many wonder: how much of what really happened will remain intact?
In 2012, Camden set a new record for murders in a single year. It was last broken in 1995, and since then over 700 people have been murdered here. The violence compelled the creation of a community group which planted crosses in front of City Hall and along the Ben Franklin Bridge.
Camden has seen an unprecedented murder rate in 2012. In a city with only 77,000 residents, there have been 54 murders. That's the highest murder rate in the country. If New York City had the same murder rate, there would be 5,654 people dead.