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Newark Public Schools
October 9, 2019
High lead levels found in water at seven Newark schools, spurring calls for greater transparency
Elevated levels of lead were found in the water at seven out of 29 Newark schools where tests were conducted since August 2018, according to newly obtained district data.
'All those opportunities are gone'
October 3, 2019
In Newark schools, popular enrichment programs were set to expand — until they disappeared
The popular programs included tutoring, robotics, and coding. They disappeared this school year without explanation from the district or their private funder.
October 1, 2019
Newark special education official: Problems remain, but district is taking steps to improve its program
Newark schools continue to face challenges in serving students with disabilities, but changes are underway, a district official told parents and advocates.
Ready or not
September 18, 2019
A Newark student dreams of completing college. But first he must survive summer ‘boot camp.’
Yamin Reddick is determined to earn a college degree. But first, he must survive a summer "boot camp" designed to prepare disadvantaged high schoolers for college.
September 5, 2019
Newark Vocational High School is open again. Its building is still closed.
Newark Vocational High School was poised for a grand reopening this fall in a renovated building. Instead, the school has been relocated while construction continues.
first day of school
Updated September 5, 2019
As schools open with changes this week, Newark students react to new teachers, principals, and school policies
Two rows of cars lined the front entrance of Science Park High School at 2:40 p.m. on Tuesday as parents waited to pick up their children after the first day of school.
Back to school
September 2, 2019
‘I’m looking forward to a better education’: Newark parents and students share their hopes as they head back to school
We asked Newark students and their parents what they are looking forward to most and what they hope will be improved in schools next year. Here's what they told us.
August 22, 2019
Newark seeks emergency state aid, saying it can’t afford school repairs or charter school payments
Budget shortfalls forced the district to cut teaching positions and postpone repairs. Now it's asking the state for $37 million in emergency aid.
August 14, 2019
As Newark Enrolls outage stretches on, families and schools start to feel the strain
The phone calls picked up this summer at Newark’s KIPP charter network, with frustrated people on both ends of the line.
August 13, 2019
New contract will raise salaries of Newark teachers, end performance pay
Under a contract deal, Newark teachers will get annual raises and also will no longer be paid based in part on their students’ test scores.
meet the teachers
August 6, 2019
Scenes from a Newark hiring fair: As schools scramble to hire teachers, an unlikely duo teams up to nab a position
Jesus Gomez and Iris Markle made an unlikely duo as they waded into Newark’s final teacher hiring fair before school starts.
Updated August 6, 2019
León’s staffing shakeup continues: 15 new principals to take the helm of Newark schools
With school starting in less than a month, Newark Public Schools has announced its principal lineup for the year.
Teaching & Classroom
August 2, 2019
As new school year approaches, Newark makes final push to fill open teaching positions
At least 24 Newark schools still have open teaching positions just weeks before classes start. The district is running ads and hosting job fairs to help with hiring.
July 15, 2019
We read Roger León’s Clarity 2020 plan for Newark’s schools so you don’t have to. Here’s what to expect in the next year.
Roger León’s Clarity 2020 plan for Newark schools has 168 action items. We’ve broken them down so students, parents, and educators can know what to expect.
July 9, 2019
Newark school buildings raised safety concerns. Why haven’t they been fixed?
Many Newark schools need to be renovated or replaced. But with the state providing limited support, the district is grappling with how to fund the repairs.
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