Asbury Park Student Joins Eighth-Grade Dialogue

Mahjustice Murphy, an eighth-grader at Asbury Park Middle School, represented the Asbury Park School District in the Monmouth County School Boards Association Annual 8th Grade Dialogue.

Asbury Park High School Graduation Rates Are Low

Asbury Park High School Junior Iesya Clayton dreams of going to culinary school after graduation. She’s determined to graduate although 51 percent of her peers didn’t get their high school diploma last year.

Asbury Park Students Go For The Gold

Four Asbury Park High School students were among 10 who graduated yesterday from the Asbury Park Community Development Initiative, "Go for the Gold."  The youth empowerment program was recently established to provide Asbury Park youth with the job skills needed to find gainful employment while giving potential employers an added assurance that these students have demonstrated the work ethic necessary to succeed in the workplace.

Asbury Park's Failure: Who is to Blame?

High school senior Zykieme McAllister has dreams of moving to South Korea and becoming an English teacher someday. McAllister, 17, has a 3.6 grade point average and is set to graduate from Asbury Park High School in June. He said he plans to attend Brookdale Community College where he will study English and minor in business.

Our View: Parents Need to Fix Asbury Park Schools

The numbers in our Wednesday story on the Asbury Park schools, "The High Cost of Failure," and the tales of frustration, were enough to make you weep. More than $30,000 a year spent to educate each of the district's students - the most of any school district in New Jersey. Nearly half a billion dollars in state aid pumped into the district over the past decade to improve academic performance. To no avail.

Half of Asbury Park's Seniors Won't Graduate This Year, After Taxpayers Spent $1M to Educate Them

Gov. Chris Christie has lost faith in the city's troubled school district. And he's not alone - many city parents have too. "I think we're tired of paying for failure," Christie said Tuesday at a town hall meeting in Belmar, singling out Asbury Park schools as well as other urban districts that receive extra state funding but offer poor results. "We're tired of paying for failure in every one of those districts, with the exception of one or two."

Barack H. Obama School Will Reopen in September

Asbury Park students will, once again, all be able to walk to school in the fall. Members of the Asbury Park Board of Education voted Tuesday to reinstate the Barack H. Obama building as an elementary school for the 2014-2015 school year.

Asbury Park Middle School Students Shine

Asbury Park Middle School students, Khiya Mullings, Cayla Hamm, Icelyn Griffith, and De’Jia Dawkins were recognized for their essays explaining what Veterans Day means to them.

Are the New SAT's Dumbed Down

The SATs newest makeover - set to roll out in 2016 - has some Shore area educators applauding the College Board for focusing on college and career readiness, but critics say the changes won't address fundamental flaws in the tests and how they are used.

Asbury Park eighth-grade Reid has unlimited potential

The first dunk was delivered with a startling combination of power and quickness, although everyone who staked out the prime positions near the basket seemed to know what was coming. And by the time three more were thrown down in the first half alone, to go with a pair of treys and a no-look assist that evoked a bygone era, curious onlookers had filled in the gaps around one of four courts inside The Hoop Group Headquarters.

Black History Month at Asbury Park Schools

After the students at Asbury Park Middle School participated in the Superior Court of New Jersey Monmouth Vicinage “Journey to Justice Program” mock trial for a third consecutive year, Tara L. Williams,member of The Black History Committee of the Monmouth Vicinage’s Superior Court of New Jersey, contacted Mr. Wronko, social studies teacher, to have his along with Mr. Mason’s, science teacher, and Mr. Abu’s, social studies teacher, classes to witness a spectacular Black History Month Program at the Monmouth Courthouse in Freehold, New Jersey.

Asbury Park state aid increase flat, but news could have been worse

The same news is actually good news for city school officials who learned their state aid would just about remain level with last year's funding. Robert Mahon, interim superintendent, said district officials were relieved to learn that they would receive about the same amount of aid as last year because there was danger the district would receive less than it had in previous years.

Boys and Girls Middle School Teams Win Championships

On Feb. 21, both girls and boys Asbury Park Middle School teams defeated Union Beach to claim Bayshore League Championship titles, according to a release from the school district. This year’s wins mark the second consecutive year both Asbury Park Middle School basketball teams have won championships. Last year, the girls and boys were crowned champions of the Shore Intermediate Scholastic Basketball League.

Local Leaders Share Stories and Inspiration with Students

Staff of the Thurgood Marshall Elementary School celebrated National African-American Read-In with students a little differently this year, according to a news release from the Asbury Park School District. In the past, famous keynote speakers were brought in to interact with students. But for Monday’s, co-organizers Sharon Stevenson and Veronica Patterson decided to look no further than the Asbury Park community for everyday heroes who are making a difference.