Welcome to this week's education news round-up. Here’s what’s happening in education news both locally and nationally!

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Newark High School Students Declare Their Choices During College Signing Day
Seniors from Newark’s North Star Academy College Preparatory High School celebrated with friends, family, and schoolmates as they declared which colleges they will attend in the next academic term. This year, 100 percent of North Star’s graduating seniors were accepted to colleges, including Princeton University and Middlebury College, and in total, received at least $2.2 million in grants and scholarships. 

Incoming College Freshman Can Sign Up for a Stipend and Free Academic Prep
The Newark College Freshman Institute will offer Newark residents entering their freshman year at a four-year college or university an opportunity to receive $250 through participation in a series of pre-college preparatory sessions.The Institute is accepting registrations until June 15th and sessions will be held from August 8 through August 11.

WATCH: Obama's Rutgers Commencement Speech
Missed the President’s speech at Rutgers University –New Brunswick commencement?  You can now view the full speech by President Barack Obama online.

One Teacher and Three Students from Newark Recognized by National Education Organization
In recognition of their contributions to education in Newark, Dominique Lee, CEO of BRICK,  8th grader, Thabitha Kobia of Discovery Charter School, and Mujahir Lesure and Mustafa Jones-Norton of Newark Collegiate Academy are among 10 finalists for Schools That Can’s third annual Robert F. Kennedy Urban Education Awards. The 2016 RFK Urban Education Awards recognizes students, teachers, and school leaders from the STC network who have inspired a movement for change in their school or community.


Explainer: Getting the Facts on Funding for NJ’s Charter Schools          
A new article from NJ Spotlight provides in-depth information on how charter schools in N.J. receive their funding. The article also offers an analysis on the fiscal challenges facing charter schools due to changes in the state’s funding formula.

Growing Up in High Crime: How N.J. kids Cope with Homicides
A recent article from NJ.com offers more insight on the profound impact death-related trauma has on N.J. youths’ learning and highlights how schools and community organizations are dealing with this tragic reality.

154 Teachers, Staff Face Layoffs in Camden Schools, Report Says
More than 150 teachers and support staff at the Camden Public School District are facing layoffs as the district tries to address the $39 million budget gap for the 2016-2017 school year.


A Large Gift Saves One School but Highlights Dangers of Private Money in Public Systems
After a large donation was made to save just one of three schools from being shut down in Michigan’s largest school district, questions resurface about the role of philanthropy in education and other social services.

The Power of Friendship in Education
A new article from The Atlantic offers insight on how culturally-sensitive support networks can support college students from low-income backgrounds in their undergraduate experience.

New Federal Grant Program to Funnel $65M to Charters
The U.S Department of Education has announced a new grant for Charter Management Organizations (CMOs) across the country. The grant is aimed at creating and expanding charter schools that support students from under-served communities.

U.S. Ed. Dept. Report Finds Decreasing Diversity Across Teacher Pipeline
A new article from EdWeek reviews the current state of teacher diversity in education and its importance for minority students.