From school closures to local control, candidates for the Newark Public Schools Advisory Board weighed in on a host of issues during a forum sponsored by the Newark Trust for Education's Committee of Advocates.
A Podcast of the forum is available. Scroll to the bottom or subscribe to Straight Talk from the Newark Trust on iTunes.
Six of the eight candidates vying for three seats on the school board engaged in a lively debate about the issues likely to impact the city’s 35,000-student, $1 billion district long after the April 21 election.
The Trust’s Broad Street headquarters was filled to capacity with parents and stakeholders, as well as representatives from the district and from City Hall for the April 14 event.
The candidates (starting from top left clockwise) Crystal Fonseca, Dashay Carter, Veronica Branch, Sheila Montague, Marques-Aquil Lewis, Charles Love. Read their full bios.Read more
The Newark Trust for Education is holding a forum for Newark Public Schools Advisory Board candidates on Tuesday, April 14 at 6 p.m. at their offices at 494 Broad Street in Newark.
Seven candidates have agreed to attend the two-hour forum to answer questions about the issues facing Newark Public Schools, which has been under state control since 1995.Read more
Newark Trust President & CEO Ross Danis was quoted in the Star-Ledger this week about the leadership qualities of NPS Advisory Board Chair Rashon Hasan. The article examines the careful balancing act Hasan must take in addressing the needs of the NPS community and the relationship with the state—which controls Newark's public schools—as local control appears to inch closer to Newark's shores.
Danis said that the state's decision to return fiscal control to Newark and the changes to the board's operations are a step in the right direction.
"It might reassure people in Trenton when you give control back that the people you are giving it back to have systems in place," Danis said.
Read the article here.