NEWARK, NJ – Tuesday marked the beginning of a new era for the City of Newark, as city and school officials welcomed students back to the first day of school and the imminent return of full local control to the district. Newark Public Schools Superintendent Christopher Cerf and Newark Mayor Ras Baraka officially opened the 2017-18 school year at Technology High School, where school board members, elected officials, teachers and others gathered for a press conference to usher in the first day of what promises to be a momentous year for the district.
In the shadows of one of the city’s most successful high schools, the beginning of the end of New Jersey’s long-contentious oversight of Newark public schools unofficially started yesterday.
NEWARK — Gov. Chris Christie on Wednesday confirmed that the state will begin the process to hand over control of Newark’s schools to local officials next week.
Newark Public Schools will soon vote on whether to remain under state control.
Thousands of students and teachers went back to school in Newark Tuesday, in what could be the last year the school district is under state control.
In the face of corruption, mismanagement and low achievement scores, the state took over control of Newark schools 22 years ago. Now, Newark’s public schools are on track to regain local control. Last week, a key transition plan was given final approval by the state’s commissioner of education. But, the full transition’s only just beginning. Former Commissioner and current state-appointed School Superintendent Chris Cerf sat down with NJTV News.