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From Rags to Rowan: President Ali Houshmand

Education helped Ali Houshmand escape poverty in Iran. Now he is thriving as the new president of a growing university.

By Robert Strauss

The New PARCC Tests: Are We Ready?

The Common Core program calls for new standardized tests. As New Jersey schools prepare for high-tech testing, some educators are asking: Why the rush?

By Neil deMause

The Great Debate on School Reform

School reform is an ongoing point of contention that sparks plenty of debate. We asked commentators Bob Braun and Jonathan Alter to face off on the issue.

A Dozen Kids, and a Bushel of Timeless Ideas

The Gilbreth family, best known for the book "Cheaper by the Dozen," made a happy home in Montclair.

By Sharon Hazard

Battello

Chef Ryan DePersio and his partners grab the spotlight with Battello in Jersey City.

By Pat Tanner, Eric Levin

Asbury Park's Twin Tragedies

80 years ago, an off-shore disaster in Asbury Park made national headlines.

By Jacqueline Mroz

When Fondue Won't Do: Inner Mongolian Hot Pot

“The Applebee’s of China” brings hot pot—Inner Mongolia’s signature style of communal cooking—to Edison, and the place is packed.

By Tammy La Gorce

Education 2014: The State of Our Schools

New Jersey Monthly's bi-annual education issue includes our ranking of the best schools in the state, an exploration of school reform, an in-depth look at the new PARCC testing and plenty more!

The Top High Schools 2014: Chatham Takes the Top Spot

Chatham rules the roost in this year’s rankings. How did your town's school rank? Check out our full list!

By Ken Schlager

Mock Town Provides Real-World Lessons

With BizTown, schoolkids learn real life and business skills by becoming leaders within a simulated community.

By Dana Inez

The Extra Mile: Seeds of Hope 2014

Our annual Seeds of Hope awards honor exceptional New Jersey volunteers who go above and beyond the call. Read about our five honorees.

A Familiar Voice is Signing Off

1010 WINS morning news anchor Judy DeAngelis will hang up her headset for good after an illustrious 36-year broadcast career.

By Art Petrosemolo

Chopped Champ: Burger Man Pat LaFrieda

By creating custom chopped-beef blends, Pat LaFrieda turned the lowly burger into a status symbol and himself into the first celebrity butcher.

By Tammy La Gorce

All the Right Notes: A Designer Dream in Montclair

What happens when you pair an Emmy Award-winning set designer with an outside-the-box decorator? You get a home as lively and colorful as the music they play.

By Lauren Payne

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