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October 2, 2019
At Design Day, Newark students pitch filtered water fountains and elevators for a local park
If it were up to local middle schoolers, Newark’s Mulberry Commons park would boast drinking fountains with filtered water, concert stages, and soccer fields.
October 1, 2019
Nearly two-thirds of Newark voters approve of charter schools, poll shows
In a new poll, 63% of Newark voters agreed that charter schools are "an important part of the public school landscape in Newark," while 27% disagreed and 10% were unsure.
we hear you
September 23, 2019
Here’s what we heard about special education in Newark after listening to parents, advocates, and educators
Newark residents gathered Saturday to discuss one of the central issues facing the city's schools: how to improve special education.
'things need to change'
September 19, 2019
As León vows improvements, here are 5 issues facing special education in Newark’s schools
Newark schools chief Roger León has promised to make many long-needed changes, but perhaps the biggest promise he’s made is to fix the city’s special education program.
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.
'Transformation is our bread and butter'
August 21, 2019
With a new leader and new management, a Newark charter school network attempts a comeback
Faced with acute academic and discipline problems, one of Newark’s oldest charter school networks is getting a top-to-bottom makeover.
Updated August 20, 2019
Newark parents can now enroll their children at neighborhood schools
Starting Monday, Newark families can visit their neighborhood school to enroll their children in schools for the fall.
August 13, 2019
As Newark grapples with a lead crisis, here’s what you should know about lead in local schools
In Newark, officials began handing out bottled water Monday after lead was found in the water at two…
August 12, 2019
N.J. put two troubled Newark charter schools on probation, citing academic and safety concerns
The schools, University Heights Charter School and M.E.T.S. Charter School, were cited for poor performance and safety issues and ordered to make improvements.
August 10, 2019
Newark teachers union and district reach tentative deal on new contract
The tentative agreement, which union members and the Newark school board must still approve, will determine how much teachers and other school workers are paid.
July 26, 2019
New Jersey’s new curriculum law could put LGBTQ+ issues back into focus for Newark schools
Two years after a pilot program to teach LGBTQ+ history in Newark schools stalled, a new inclusive curriculum could be back in city classrooms as soon as next fall.
June 18, 2019
Newark schools — traditional and charter — have made big gains since 2006, new report shows
Newark’s ranking among other high-poverty districts based on its state test scores has risen significantly since 2006. Its graduation rate has also improved.
June 13, 2019
A Newark charter school celebrates its first graduates — from college
Like a growing number of high schools, People's Prep has expanded its mission from simply graduating students to ensuring that they attend and complete college.
'you can't ignore this population'
June 7, 2019
In Newark, a new high school offers a refuge to students who stumble — and, for some, a path to graduation
LEAD Charter School opened in 2017 to serve students who fell behind in their previous schools. Now, it must find a way to help them graduate.
April 22, 2019
How to help Newark students answer the question I asked in high school: ‘When will I ever use this?’
Real-world experiences for students need to be culturally relevant, so students can see themselves and their communities reflected in what they learn.
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