Christie And Baraka On Schools: New Board Will Pave Way to Local Control

It's a deal 20 years in the making.

After two decades of state control, the Newark school system will be transitioned back to the hands of its residents, via a roadmap outlined by a newly appointed board, Gov. Chris Christie and city Mayor Ras Baraka said in a joint announcement Friday afternoon.

"Together, we have created a Newark Educational Success Board that will be charged by us with developing a clear, specific pathway with appropriate timelines and benchmarks for the return of local control to the Newark community," the politicians said in the announcement.

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$100,000 Available for Science Labs

Northrop Grumman Foundation is on a mission to get kids excited about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), so it's making five grants of up to $100,000 available to public middle schools for their very own fabulous school lab makeover.

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Newark Trust Hosts NPS Advisory Board Assessment of District Progress

On April 24, the Newark Trust's Committee of Advocates welcomed Rashon K. Hasan, chair of the Newark Public Schools Advisory Board, and board member DeNiqua Matias to report on an assessment of district progress.

The 39-page report makes 20 findings and offers recommendations for improving Newark Public Schools. The assessment has already been submitted to Commissioner Hespe and State District Superintendent Cami Anderson.

Trust President and CEO Ross Danis said the goal of the presentation is to create a dialogue about the assessment's findings and its implications.

“Serving as a member of a school board is often a thankless task.  The care and the time that went into preparing this assessment of district progress is commendable.” Danis said. “These findings provide a starting point for a larger community conversation about our children and their future.” 

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Rashon K. Hasan, chair of the Newark Public Schools Advisory Board, and board member DeNiqua Matias report on an assessment of NPS progress during a presentation to the Newark Trust's Committee of Advocates. 

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