Newark Thrives! Citywide Lights event celebrates city’s afterschool programs

In partnership with Out of School Time (OST) program providers, the City of Newark and Newark Arts Education Roundtable, Newark Thrives!—an advocacy an organization committed to supporting and expanding afterschool programming—hosted Citywide Lights On! Afterschool-Newark, a nationwide event to celebrate afterschool programs and their role in families and communities.

Newark school board achieves standout status

Newark Public Schools is leading the way for school districts throughout Essex County and beyond. Newark’s Board of Education recently received Master Board Certification from the New Jersey State Board of Education (NJSBA), the first and only school board in Essex County–and one of just 18 out of 581 districts in the state–to achieve this status.

Superintendent Chris Cerf on returning Newark Public Schools to local control

For the last 22 years, Newark’s Board of Education has served in an advisory capacity, with it’s power to make decisions severely diminished by a state-appointed superintendent.

But earlier this month, the state’s Board of Education voted unanimously to hand back control to Newark’s elected Board of Education, a decision that has served to usher in a new era of pride, determination and autonomy.

Three Doctors Foundation inspires the next generation of Newark students

As teenage boys growing up in the tough inner-city streets of Newark, three kindred spirits made a pact– they would stick together, graduate from college and become doctors.

The boys, surrounded by negative influences and having few positive role models, were determined not to fall victim to their environment and together the teens became a remarkable story of beating the streets.

In Newark, return to local control means new opportunities for community engagement

Last week, New Jersey state officials voted to relinquish the control it has had over Newark Public Schools for more than 20 years. In 1995, in the wake of scandal and falling student performance, the state assumed financial, operational, and instructional control of the school system, appointing its own superintendent to make final decisions.

‘States cannot run school districts’: 10 reactions to historic Newark moment

NEWARK — For Newark residents, Wednesday was a day 22 years in the making. The state board’s vote to begin the transition of power over the city’s school district from the state to a local school board was a triumph for the hundreds of activists and politicians who have spent the last several years calling for an end to state oversight.

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