At First Day of School, Newark Also Celebrates Soon-to-End State Control

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 Public Schools open as district anticipates full local control

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.


Newark Public Schools chief: District ready for local 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.


Murphy, Oliver address concerns at AFT educator roundtable

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy and lieutenant gubernatorial candidate Sheila Oliver met with educators from four communities Monday to discuss solutions for improving New Jersey’s public schools.


Education reform advocate and BRICK founder to open innovative new charter school

It’s a Friday morning in late August—just weeks from the beginning of the new school year—but Dominique Lee is cool and calm as he sits across a table at BRICK Academy headquarters and speaks in quiet, measured tones.


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.

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.

In a letter to the district on Tuesday, Commissioner Kimberley Harrington said she was recommending the state Board of Education return local control after a performance review showed significant progress.

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Newark City of Learning Collaborative and Newark Public Schools Host District-Wide College Fair

On Thursday, April 6, 2017, the Newark City of Learning Collaborative (NCLC) in partnership with the Newark Public Schools (NPS), will host the first annual District-Wide College Fair for NPS high school students at the Rutgers University-Newark Golden Dome Athletic Center, 42 Warren Street, Newark.