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February 20, 2019
Years after laying them off, Newark brings back attendance workers to track down absent students
More than 40 new attendance counselors and truancy officers will soon be tracking down absent students in Newark.
Champion of Choice
February 8, 2019
In Newark, Cory Booker’s most enduring legacy may be city’s spreading charter schools
Charter schools spread rapidly across Newark during Cory Booker's time as mayor. Now, that may complicate his bid to become president.
February 1, 2019
Cory Booker has been an ed reform favorite. That could be a problem for his 2020 campaign.
Booker spent much of his career promoting a specific vision for improving education — views that in recent years have gone out of fashion with many Democrats.
six months in
January 16, 2019
As Newark superintendent makes whirlwind changes, some residents seek ‘clarity’
Superintendent Roger León has made a flurry of changes since starting in July. But some observers still aren't clear about his overall plan.
January 11, 2019
Newark’s rush to create new magnet-school admissions test is raising eyebrows. Here’s what you need to know.
Newark students will take a new high-stakes test next month. Big questions remain about how the test will be used and why it's necessary.
January 8, 2019
Newark delays launch of new magnet-school admissions test by a month
Eighth-graders were originally scheduled to take the admissions test this week before officials postponed it until February.
The future of 'community schools'
January 7, 2019
‘Zero student achievement’: Fate of Newark’s $10M ‘community schools’ program is in doubt
Newark launched a high-profile "community schools" program in 2015. Now, the new superintendent is asking what it's accomplished.
year in review
December 21, 2018
Highlights from a momentous year for Newark schools — and a preview of what’s ahead
The return to local control. A school board election. A new superintendent. It was a busy year in Newark.
‘We’re doing it to help all of us’: In Newark, student-researchers ask their peers why they miss school
A group of Newark high school and college students wanted to document all the reasons students miss school. So they surveyed their peers.
December 13, 2018
Newark’s absenteeism problem persists as thousands of students miss several days this year, new data show
About one in five Newark students already is considered "chronically absent" this year, putting them at academic risk.
December 10, 2018
A new law is helping undocumented students in New Jersey attend college, but challenges remain
Thanks to a New Jersey law passed in May, undocumented immigrant students are now eligible to receive state financial aid to attend college. But questions and challenges remain, as many schools and families don't yet know about the program, and some students fear that applying may lead to scrutiny that could result in deportation.
December 9, 2018
The City Fund’s next steps: These 7 cities are the focus of the biggest new education player
A new group that’s raised millions has begun spending that money in seven cities — and its staff may be planning to try to influence elections, too.
December 7, 2018
Want to attend one of Newark’s coveted magnet schools? Get ready to take a test.
Students hoping to attend one of Newark's six magnet schools will have to sit for a new exam in January.
December 5, 2018
In Newark, universal enrollment was in danger. So charters started planning a separate system.
As charter leaders negotiated with Newark's superintendent over the citywide enrollment system, they also explored a charter-only alternative.
November 21, 2018
As New Jersey takes a close look at charter schools, here are three big questions in Newark
As state officials review New Jersey's charter-school policies, three big questions loom over Newark.
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