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Poverty, Politics, Racism and School Reform

Cami Anderson | Posted 04.07.2014 | Education
Cami Anderson

Newark's inconvenient truth: Our poorest neighborhoods, disproportionately African American, contain some of the lowest-performing public schools in the country and have for a long time.

Turn Around and Find the Keys

Diann Woodard | Posted 04.01.2014 | Education
Diann Woodard

The need goes beyond calling on superintendents to behave more civilly. It extends to calling on school leaders to engage their communities in advocating for needed changes.

Breaking Down UFC 169

Dan Shapiro | Posted 03.29.2014 | Sports
Dan Shapiro

Headlining one of the biggest fight cards of the year are bantamweights Urijah Faber and Renan Barao, who will square off for the second time, after Barao took a unanimous decision in their first meeting to earn the promotion's interim title at UFC 149.

2013 a Year for Green Accomplishments: Looking Ahead as New Mayors Take the Helm

Adrian Benepe | Posted 01.16.2014 | Green
Adrian Benepe

If 2013 was the "year of the bike share," will 2014 see continued growth in both the number of bikes and riders? Or will the novelty wear off and costs go up?

Innovative Enrollment Initiative Gives Students Real Choice

Mashea Ashton | Posted 03.09.2014 | Education
Mashea Ashton

Under universal enrollment, parents will simply fill out a single application to rank their top public district or charter school choices.

Voting for Parks

Adrian Benepe | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Adrian Benepe

More and more, it appears, people are not just voting with their feet to visit and use parks, but they are literally casting their ballots and voting with their pocketbooks to say that parks are crucial parts of their communities.


Posted 10.31.2013 | Politics

By KATIE ZEZIMA, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — Cory Booker has come to Washington. The former Newark mayor will be swor...

Meet The Man Expected To Fill Cory Booker's Shoes

AP | KATIE ZEZIMA | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics

NEWARK, N.J. -- NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Now that Mayor Cory Booker, who brought a worldwide spotlight and hundreds of millions of dollars to Newark, is ...

Why Students Benefit When Grown-ups Collaborate for Race to the Top

Sabina Bharwani | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Sabina Bharwani

This dispute in New Jersey between the district and union falls in line with a national trend. Perhaps the most effective resolution is for the Obama administration to require unions to collaborate and remain active stakeholders in the full proposal process.

Booker Officiates New Jersey's First Gay Marriages

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 10.21.2013 | Politics

Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D) opened City Hall at 12:01 a.m. on Monday to officiate some of New Jersey's first same-sex marriages. Booker: "alr...

Six Teens Arrested After Alleged Train Rampage

The Huffington Post | Jane Janeczko | Posted 10.15.2013 | New York

Six teenagers were arrested and charged with gang assault and robbery early Sunday morning after taking part in an alleged rampage through a Hoboken-b...

I'm From New Jersey -- and Proud

Nick Sexton | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Nick Sexton

The first few weeks of freshman year are filled with waves of vapid first encounters, and in the sea of September's mundane conversations, one of the inevitable questions is always, "Where are you from?" I'm always proud to say, "I'm from Jersey City, New Jersey."

On the "A" w/ Souleo: Songs for a Healthier America Album Uses Hip-Hop to Fight Childhood Obesity

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

The piercing cheers of over 500 NYC school kids trumpeted the kickoff of the free album, Songs for a Healthier America, a which features health-conscious songs by Ashanti, Jordin Sparks, Ariana Grande and more.

What Ever Happened to Mark Zuckerberg's $100 Million Gift to Newark?

Rahim Kanani | Posted 11.13.2013 | Impact
Rahim Kanani

"The Foundation for Newark's Future was designed to be a short-term philanthropic 'shot in the arm,' paving the way for long-term change in Newark's s...

Several Thousand Students Flood The Streets For 'I'm Shmacked' (PHOTOS/VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 09.27.2013 | College

Several thousand University of Delaware students flooded the streets of Newark, Del., Monday night, stomping on cars in a frenzy that brought out poli...

Booker Faces Local Challenges Amid Campaign

AP | KATIE ZEZIMA | Posted 09.04.2013 | Politics

NEWARK, N.J. -- Mayor Cory Booker, with six weeks left in his campaign for a U.S. Senate seat, is grappling with a surge in violence that has left nin...

Cory Booker Tries Stand-Up Comedy

Posted 08.23.2013 | Comedy

Cory Booker, the mayor of Newark and Democratic candidate for U.S. senate from the state, tried his hand at stand-up comedy on at the annual Stu Bykof...

Treat Each One Like Gold: The Power of Kiva Zip

Kiva Zip | Posted 10.10.2013 | Impact
Kiva Zip

Prior to becoming a Kiva Zip Fellow, I had not seen examples of microlending in the U.S. and initially questioned what kind of impact a Kiva microloan...

The Friendliest & Unfriendliest Cities in the U.S.

Conde Nast Traveler | Posted 08.05.2013 | Travel
Conde Nast Traveler

We sure do like our clichés in the States. In our annual Readers' Choice Survey, Southern hospitality shines on that "friendliness" front, while a total of five towns in the stereotypically brash Northeast earned spots on the mean-city list.

Newark, NJ: Kiva's Newest Kiva City!

Kiva Zip | Posted 09.22.2013 | Impact
Kiva Zip

After a few busy weeks spent preparing for the big day, it was incredible to feel the energy buzzing through the room.

Lautenberg's Family Makes Pick In New Jersey Senate Race

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 07.08.2013 | Politics

The family of the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) announced its support for Rep. Frank Pallone's (D-N.J.) Senate candidacy in a Monday statement, ...

Mr. Politician: Don't Tear Down This Wall!

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 09.07.2013 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

Apparently friendship and cooperation with someone in the opposing political party is a disqualifier for elective office. Nothing epitomizes the divis...

Passenger Claims To Have 'Poisoned Everyone On Board' Flight: FBI | Posted 06.17.2013 | Crime

A flight from Hong Kong on which a man claimed everyone was poisoned landed safely Monday at Newark Liberty Airport, and the man was taken off the pla...

Booker Move Threatens 'Substantial Setback' For Community

AP | KATIE ZEZIMA AND SAMANTHA HENRY | Posted 06.16.2013 | Politics

NEWARK, N.J. -- Visits from Britain's prime minister, the Dalai Lama and assorted movie stars. A $100 million gift to the school system. Wall Street b...

WATCH: How 'Sesame Street' Helped This Second Grader Save His Friend

Posted 06.10.2013 | Parents

"Sesame Street" features fuzzy friends, incredible pop culture parodies and big-name guest appearances. For those reasons, the educational show has st...