NJ Principal Helps Students After House Fire

A New Jersey elementary school principal has made it his mission to be an exemplar of kindness to his students – even off of school grounds.

Camden Elementary School in Newark runs on the motto, “We Care.” That’s why its principal, Sam Garrison, started a program called Camden Cares.

Source: http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/NJ-Principal-Helps-Students-After-a-House-Fire-442819853.html

Newark one step closer to local control with approval of personnel plan


The City of Newark is one step closer to regaining local control of its schools after the state’s education commissioner approved the district’s personnel transition plan. At last night’s meeting of the Board of Education, State District Superintendent of Newark Public Schools Christopher Cerf announced that the district’s Personnel Transition Plan has been given official approval by the state’s education commissioner. Cerf, along with BOE Chairperson Marquis-Aquil Lewis, signed the official plan to cheers.

Harvard-bound grad reflects positive changes in Newark Public Schools


Cambridge, Massachusetts, is known for its cool arts scene, historic architecture and top colleges, but as much as Lucia Couto loves the scenic city that sits on the banks of the Charles River, she hopes for the opportunity to one day return home to Newark.  Couto, who recently graduated from Newark’s Arts High School and will be attending Harvard University on a full scholarship this fall, says that she wants to give back to the city that helped her prosper.

New Jersey Gives Newark Green Light to Resume Local Control of Schools After 20 Years in Receivership

New Jersey’s education commissioner has recommended that control of Newark Public Schools be restored to the district.

The recommendation to the state Board of Education came after the school district met two important benchmarks in its most recent performance review, according to NJ Advance Media.


N.J. education chief deems Newark schools ready for local control

NEWARK — The state Education Commissioner has signaled to the Newark school district it’s finally ready to take full control of its schools.

The move is a pivotal step toward giving the Newark School Advisory Board the power to hire and fire its own schools chief.


What’s next for Newark schools as local control looms

NEWARK — It’s been more than 20 years since the state took the reins of Newark’s public school system, choosing its succession of superintendents and making decisions on staffing, instruction and budgeting. But next school year, the School Advisory Board is expected to shed its enfeebling title and become a fully-functioning board with the power to hire and fire its own chief of schools — governance of Newark’s 65 public schools will finally return to local control.

NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Newark Schools Opens Family Support Center For 2017-18 Placement

NEWARK, NJ – From The Newark Public Schools: Newark Public Schools (NPS) opened the Family Support Center on July 10 to assist families who are still looking for a school placement for the 2017-18 school year. The district reports a significant drop in those visiting the family support center during the opening weeks this year, as well as a smoother process and shorter wait times for those families who visit for enrollment support.



Newark High School Valedictorian’s Words Of Wisdom Will Raise Your Spirit

NEWARK, NJ — Malcolm X Shabazz High School’s 2017 valedictorian has some words of wisdom for the Newark community: “It’s impossible to be a resilient and compassionate person without knowing how to embrace humanity.” Those are the words of Kim Boerrigter, who recently graduated at the top of her class and will attend Harvard University on a full scholarship this September to get cracking on her dream of becoming a “scientist who is a woman of color.”

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