By: Janellen Duffy

The plan, which will address the district’s looming structural deficit, will require difficult decisions

Before the onset of the pandemic, real progress for students and families was emerging in some school districts in our state that have historically faced major academic and fiscal challenges. One of these is the Camden City School District, which has seen notable improvements in recent years.

Today, Camden is receiving national attention, not just for its approach to policing, but also for its progress in public education, as evidenced by rising test scores and graduation rates and significant investments in school facilities.

Based on local reports, Camden is now looking ahead to ensure its progress continues post-pandemic. Superintendent Katrina McCombs recently announced that she is in the final stages of developing a long-term school plan for the district with feedback from the community and support from the state. It appears that the proposed plan seeks to address the district’s looming structural deficit and to maximize funds that are directed to the classroom, in service of improving education for some of the state’s most vulnerable students….

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