Superintendent Cerf and Mayor Baraka share plans to build on recent progress and work with community members to move Newark schools forward

NJ Spotlight AT FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL, NEWARK ALSO CELEBRATES SOON-TO-END STATE CONTROL | Mayor Baraka and state-appointed superintendent Cerf both acknowledge significant gains district has made in past few years. (NJ Spotlight, 9/06/17)
njcom BACK TO SCHOOL IN N.J.’S LARGEST DISTRICT | Tuesday marked the start of what will likely be a historic year for the state’s largest school district. “The return to local control of Newark schools, combined with the good news about academic achievement, makes this a first day of school that parents, students, teachers and our entire community can celebrate,” Baraka said in a statement. (, 9/05/17)
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. (NJTV Online, 9/05/17)
NBC TV 4 CONTROL OF NEWARK SCHOOLS GOING TO A VOTE | The New Jersey state board of education is set to take up a vote on September 13th as to whether control of Newark schools will go back to the city. (NBC New, 8/30/17)
Tap Into NJ 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. (, 9/06/17)
News 12 STATE TO GIVE CONTROL OF NEWARK SCHOOLS BACK TO DISTRICT | The city of Newark could soon be running its own schools again after 20 years under state control. The state Board of Education will take a vote next week, and it is expected to vote in favor of returning control to the city. (, 9/06/17)
NBC TV 4 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. (NBC New York .com, 9/06/17)
ABC New York NEWARK STUDENTS HEAD BACK TO CLASS, POSSIBLY FOR THE LAST TIME 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. (ABC7New, 9/05/2017)
AP CHRISTIE: NEWARK’S SCHOOLS TO BE RETURNED TO LOCAL CONTROL | New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says Newark’s schools will be returned to local control next week after more than two decades under state supervision. Christie says the city’s schools have come a long way and cited the $100 million donation to Newark for education made in 2010 by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. (Associated Press, 9/06/17)
njcom CHRISTIE: NEWARK TO GET CONTROL OF ITS SCHOOLS NEXT WEEK | 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.(, 9/07/17)
News 12 NEWARK PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO VOTE ON STATE CONTROL ISSUE | Newark Public Schools will soon vote on whether to remain under state control. (, 9/05/17)
SCHOOL DISTRICT TRAINS TEACHERS, ADMINISTRATORS THROUGH YOGA | The room was filled with teachers and administrators from Newark Public Schools. One of the participants of the class was West Side High School Principal Larry Ramkissoon. Sitting in a meditative posture, he said, “I think the teachers will become much more self-aware, or begin on the path of self-awareness and self-recognition because the literature suggests that teachers who are more aware have greater influence on their kids.” (NJTV Online, 8/31/17)