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March 30, 2018

Newark Mayor Wants a Pause on Charter School Expansion in the City

Ras Baraka, a former principal who is running for re-election this year, said aggressive charter school growth could "suck the life" out of traditional public schools, according to Chalkbeat.

February 01, 2018

New Era of Local Control in Newark, N.J., After 22 Years

The state seized control of the city's struggling school system in 1995.

September 13, 2017

Newark To Regain Control of Its Schools After 22 Years Under State Authority

The New Jersey board of education approved two resolutions that will put local officials in Newark in charge of their schools, but the district and the state still have to come up with a transition plan for how that will happen.

August 03, 2017

Newark Is One Step Closer to Getting Back Control of Its Schools

After more than two decades, the New Jersey department of education says it plans to give Newark control of the city's school system.

March 22, 2016

Six District Superintendents Join Chiefs for Change

The superintendents of Palm Beach County, Brevard County, and Orange County schools in Florida as well as those of Denver, Newark, N.J., and Oakland, Calif., were announced as new members of Chiefs for Change.

March 15, 2016

Newark to Test 17,000 Students for Lead

The school district shut off drinking water fountains at 30 schools last week after tests showed elevated levels of lead in drinking water in those buildings.

March 09, 2016

High Lead Levels Prompt Newark District to Shut Off School Water Fountains

About 300 test samples were taken in 30 buildings, and lead levels exceeding federal guidelines were found in 59 samples, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection said.

October 07, 2015

New Jersey Education Officials Loosen Grip on State-Controlled District

The state took over Jersey City's school district in 1989, citing "total educational failure."

August 24, 2015

State Takeover of Schools Harms Black, Latino Communities, Report Contends

The Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools report comes as public debate rages over the Louisiana Recovery School District's takeover of most of New Orleans' schools after Hurricane Katrina.

June 12, 2015

Another Year, Another Round of Calls for Newark Superintendent's Removal

The American Federation of Teachers is supporting the Newark advisory school board's petition to the New Jersey board of education to remove Superintendent Cami Anderson from her post.

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