How to get involved in the transition of local control for Newark Public Schools
Published September 20, 2017 | Andaiye Taylor
Cooking at George Washington Carver. January 20, 2017. photo: Andaiye Taylor
In September, the New Jersey State Board of Education voted to return local control to Newark Public Schools for the first time in 22 years.
The board passed two resolutions that effected the change: one that moved the core function of operating the school system under the direct oversight of the Newark School Board, and a second that directs the Newark and New Jersey School Boards to collaborate on a transition plan.
That plan will outline everything from the timing of Newark School Board commandeering the city’s school system to the specifics of a citywide vote that will determine whether the Newark School Board will be chosen by way of election or mayoral appointment.
As transition planning gets under way, the city and Newark Public Schools are collaborating with Newark Trust For Education on a citywide series of community meetings being promoted as an opportunity to “learn about and inform the transition plan for local control.”
Five sessions will take place simultaneously on Wednesday, November 1st from 6 to 8 p.m. at schools in each of the city’s five wards:
Central High School, 246 18th Avenue
Oliver Street School, 86 Oliver Street
Elliott Street School, 721 Summer Avenue
Belmont Runyon, 1 Belmont Runyon Way
Speedway Academies, 701 South Orange
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