December 2022

Absenteeism still on the rise in Newark Public Schools; Of 58 schools, 51 had an increase in chronic absenteeismBy MARK J. BONAMO Published December 4, 2022 at 5:38 PM Last Updated December 4, 2022 at 6:00 PM

The Newark public school system continues to contend with chronic absenteeism, as statistics from the second month of the school year show that the problem is getting worse.

The percentage of students chronically absent or severely chronically absent grew to 31% in October from 27% in September. In October, the percent of students “rarely” absent dropped down to 44.5% from 50.7%. Of the 58 schools in the Newark district, 51 of them had an increase in chronic absenteeism. READ MORE...

November 2022

Great Oaks Legacy Charter School Kicks Off 'Shop Newark Campaign' Eric Kiefer, Patch Staff, Posted Mon, Nov 21, 2022 at 5:13 pm ET 

Great Oaks Legacy Charter School has launched its annual “Shop Newark Campaign.” The campaign will include a concentrated gift drive from local and minority-owned businesses in Newark, as well as providing gift cards to local Newark businesses. The network initiated the campaign as an essential way to give back to the community in Newark.


In late September, Superintendent Roger Léon took the stage at the monthly Newark Board of Education meeting. Heralding the achievements of several educational facilities, he listed 13 schools as “high performing” and 18 as “beating the odds.”

“Beating the odds” is a technical term defined by the New Jersey Children’s Foundation as a school where students perform better than other schools with similar demographics. A study by MarGrady Research found that 35% of Newark students attended schools that “beat the odds,” the highest proportion in the country.

However, this number can largely be attributed to Newark’s charter schools, of which 75% are classified as “beating the odds.” Charter schools are publicly funded, but privately operated.

In comparison, only 16% of district schools, directly managed by the Newark Board of Education, can claim this title. Léon has actively urged the state to deny “any and all” applications for the renewal or founding of new charter schools. READ MORE...

Newark Public Schools' History of Chronic Absenteeism Appears to be Making a Widespread Comeback By MARK J. BONAMO, Published November 21, 2022 at 8:35 AM, Last Updated November 21, 2022 at 9:59 AM

More than a quarter of Newark students were chronically or severely chronically absent in September, a bellwether month for a public school system that has long grappled with chronic absenteeism.

Absenteeism in the first month of school is considered a predictor for student absenteeism for the rest of the year, according to education experts.

Some Newark high schools had the worst rates, with 53% of Barringer High School students chronically or severely chronically absent in September and 52% at West Side High School. READ MORE...

New Jersey Public Charter Schools Association Announces Launch of the #LetMyChildLearn Campaign November 17, 2022, 6:11 pm | in

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – November 16, 2022 – Today, at the 107th Annual New Jersey State League of Municipalities Conference, one of the largest gatherings of statewide and local government officials in the Garden State, the New Jersey Public Charter Schools Association (NJPCSA) announced the launch of a comprehensive, statewide digital ad campaign targeting decision makers in advance of the New Jersey Department of Education’s (NJDOE) ruling on application requests from public charter schools to allow students to continue learning at the schools that are working for them and to allow more students access to a world class education.

The #LetMyChildLearn campaign will feature New Jersey parents who have been able to secure a quality public education for their children at public charter schools and who want all families in the Garden State to have similar access to a high quality public education, which requires the approval of a number of requests to add grades and seats by charter schools in communities like Newark, Paterson, Trenton, and beyond this coming year. READ MORE...

College admissions season can be hard. Here’s how this Newark student keeps calm. By Jessie Gomez Nov 17, 2022, 5:00pm EST

A normal day for Bernadette Asuquo means juggling duties as senior class president, keeping up with college-level classes, managing her event planning business, and finding time to work on college applications.

Senior year of high school is often hectic but Asuquo, an 18-year-old senior at the Essex County Newark Tech High School, says she’s not stressed out. The Newark student keeps her cool mainly because of the support she’s found during her college admissions journey so far. READ MORE...

Newark school district gives itself high grades on state-required self-evaluation By Jessie Gomez Nov 16, 2022, 11:28am EST

Newark Public Schools gave itself high marks in this year’s self-evaluation required by the New Jersey Department of Education to measure performance, state support, and oversight, if any, over local districts.

The district submitted its performance review on Nov. 15 as part of the New Jersey Quality Single Accountability Continuum, or NJQSAC, the monitoring and district self-evaluation system used to assess school districts in five areas: instruction and program, fiscal, governance, operations, and personnel. In 2017, Newark’s evaluation was vital in the state’s decision to initiate local control to the district after it made “significant progress” and satisfied regulatory requirements of the monitoring system, according to the district’s 2017 transition plan for local control. READ MORE... 

25 years after overcoming skeptics, NJPAC is still getting applause, reaching out, and inviting in Updated: Nov. 11, 2022, 5:47 p.m.|Published: Nov. 10, 2022, 10:00 a.m., By Steve Strunsky | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

It had been 34 years since a teenage Savion Glover and Tom Kean danced together on stage. Long before the popular governor’s vision of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark came to fruition and the dancer and city native became a global star and NJPAC board member.

But in a chance encounter during a gala in September celebrating NJPAC’s 25th anniversary, the memory of that 1988 benefit performance came flooding back to both men, who broke into a spontaneous reprise of the routine. The benefit was at McCarter Theater in Princeton and included Saddle River’s Tony-winning song-and-dance man, Ben Vereen, and three bamboo canes. READ MORE...

Gallaudet University Facilitates Professional Development for NBOE Staff,  Essex News Daily, By Editor on November 10, 2022

NEWARK, NJ — In October, the Newark Board of Education welcomed back Marianne Belsky, chief academic officer for the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center at Gallaudet University, along with chief administrative officer Nicole Sutliffe, who provided the staff of Bruce Street School for the Deaf and the staff of the Technology High School Deaf Education Program with a full day of professional development in American sign language/English bilingual education. The training was informed by Belsky’s classroom observations of the district’s programs and review of current curriculum materials this past spring.

All teachers of the deaf, deaf and hard of hearing program paraprofessionals, members of the child study teams, and interpreters from both schools, along with some school-based and central office leadership, attended the morning and afternoon professional development sessions. The importance of ASL/English bilingual education and how it can support the development of the whole child was discussed in depth. NBOE staff had the opportunity to learn about the seven principles of student success for deaf and hard of hearing students, and engaged in activities they can incorporate into their classrooms to develop ASL and English skills. They also learned about the new Clerc Center platform and its resources that are now available to the Newark Board of Education. READ MORE...

Students Get Visit From Newark Leaders On 'Black Men Read Day', Patch, Eric Kiefer, Patch Staff, Posted Thu, Nov 10, 2022 at 3:48 pm ET, Updated Thu, Nov 10, 2022 at 3:49 pm ET

NEWARK, NJ — Several community leaders in Newark recently visited a local elementary school to help inspire a love for literature as part of “Black Men Read Day.”

Last month, organizers with the United Way of Greater Newark and The University of Chicago's "My Very Own Library" program (MVOL) spearheaded an event for children at Camden Elementary School. Standing in front of a classroom of eager students, several prominent community members took turns reading from books, including Mayor Ras Baraka, MVOL national director Duane Davis, Newark municipal council members Dupre Kelly and Patrick Council, and author Robert Constant. READ MORE...

Great Oaks Legacy charter school launches pay equity study following staff concerns over wages, By Jessie Gomez, Nov 10, 2022, 10:45am EST

Since May, teachers and administrators at Great Oaks Legacy Charter School have been asking leadership for transparency about employee salary information following their claims of wage inequities among colleagues.

Now the Newark-based charter school network said it has resumed a schoolwide analysis of pay equity within the organization, as well as a comparison to other local charter networks and district schools, that will help “refine its compensation philosophy.” The study will be finalized in April by EdFuel, an independent nonprofit that has worked with schools around the country to conduct similar studies, the charter school said. READ MORE...

New Jersey students protest policing in schools, call for more counselors, teachers, By Jessie Gomez, Nov 10, 2022, 6:14pm EST

Newark and Elizabeth Public School students used their day off on Thursday to demand fewer police and more mental health resources and teachers in schools. 

Make the Road New Jersey youth leaders gathered dozens of teens in Elizabeth to call for more resources for students in public schools and greater transparency in school policies. READ MORE...

New School Enrollment System Coming to Newark, WBGO | By Janice Kirkel, Published November 10, 2022 at 3:17 AM EST

The Newark Common App is being adopted by 80% of Newark's charter schools — no district schools so far
A new system for school enrollment is coming to Newark.

It’s called the Newark Common App and it goes live December 1.

The app was developed by the New Jersey Children's Foundation and the technology firm Avela. Kyle Rosenkrans, the founder of the New Jersey Children's Foundation, explained why a new system was needed. READ MORE...

New Enrollment System Launches for Seven Public Charter Schools, TAPintoNEWARK, By MARK BONAMO, Published November 3, 2022 at 11:05 PM, Last Updated November 4, 2022 at 12:42 PM

NEWARK, NJ — A new alternative school application and enrollment portal has launched that will be available for families seeking to enroll their children in schools that are not operated by the Newark school system.

The Newark Common App will offer a single application to the city's two largest charter networks, North Star Academy and KIPP, as well as Achieve Community Charter School, Great Oaks Legacy Charter School, Marion P. Thomas Charter School, People's Preparatory Charter School and Phillips Academy Charter School. READ MORE...

Black Men Read Day kicks off at Newark elementary schools, Essex News Daily, By Editor on November 4, 2022

NEWARK, NJ — My Very Own Library kicked off its Black Men Read Day at Camden Elementary School in Newark on Oct. 20. Principal Samuel Garrison was joined by Superintendent of Schools Roger León, Deputy Superintendent Nicole T. Johnson, Board of Education member Hasani Council, Mayor Ras J. Baraka, MVOL national Director Duane Davis and others, who welcomed men from the community to read to elementary school students. READ MORE...

From Broad Street To State Street: NJ Students Push For 'Dropout Law', Eric Kiefer, Patch Staff, Posted Thu, Nov 3, 2022 at 12:59 pm ET

NEWARK, NJ — It’s an inspiring thing when student voices are uplifted, especially in the often-brutal world of politics.

Recently, a group of North Jersey students with ties to Newark made a trip to the Statehouse in Trenton to witness democracy in action – and advocate for a proposed state law that would directly impact the lives of their peers. READ MORE...

Newark’s largest charter schools break ties with universal enrollment system ahead of new cycle, By Catherine Carrera, Nov 3, 2022, 4:40pm EST

Seven Newark charter school networks will not be participating in the Newark Enrolls process this school year, a major shift from a near-decade public and charter school agreement to collaborate on one universal enrollment system for the city’s 60,000 students.

The seven charter networks that will break away from the longstanding pact are Newark’s largest ones, such as North Star Academy, KIPP, Great Oaks Legacy, and Marion P. Thomas, and smaller-scale ones including Achieve Community, People’s Preparatory, and Philip’s Academy. READ MORE...

Newark students score low on state science tests, By Jessie Gomez, Nov 1, 2022, 6:44pm EST

Less than 7% of Newark students who took state science assessments in the spring passed the test — the first since the pandemic started, according to data presented by the Newark Board of Education during October’s board of education meeting. 

The 2022 New Jersey Learning Assessment, or NJSLA, in science results come a month after Newark school officials gave a first look into low scores on state math and reading scores on the spring exam. 

Newark also gave a glimpse into statewide scores that show only 16% of students passed the test statewide. The state’s Department of Education has not released the scores to the public although state officials said scores would be released in early fall. READ MORE...

Newark's ALL Schools Fair Returns To In-Person Showcase, Eric Kiefer, Patch Staff, Posted Tue, Nov 1, 2022 at 7:02 am ET

NEWARK, NJ — The following news release comes courtesy of the Newark Board of Education. Find out how to post announcements or events to your local Patch site.

Superintendent Roger León and the Newark Board of Education recently announced the return of the ALL Schools Fair to in-person operations. The ALL Schools Fair will be held Saturday, Nov. 5 at Newark Vocational High School from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. At the ALL Schools Fair, families will have the opportunity to learn about the programs offered in the city's schools and PK providers firsthand. READ MORE...

October 2022

Newark board approves $5 million contract to purchase, install touchless water fountains, By Jessie Gomez and
Catherine Carrera, Oct 28, 2022, 4:49pm EST

Newark school board members have approved a nearly $5 million contract to purchase and install touchless water fountains across all district schools. At least half of water fountains have been inoperable in some buildings since the start of the school year, prompting students to carry jugs from home or go to teachers lounges in search of water. 

The two-year contract was approved by district leaders during last night’s board of education meeting and comes after district plumbers tested water fountains across Newark schools and found some inoperable due to leaks from old ring filters and dry rotting, said board member Flohisha Johnson during the meeting. READ MORE...

‘My son is suffering’: Newark parents say students with disabilities need more support, By Jessie Gomez, Oct 26, 2022, 11:19am EST

Many nights, Lisa Flores finds herself staying up late and worrying that her 7-year-old son is falling behind in school. Eli, a Dr. William H. Horton Elementary School second grader, has a speech delay and qualifies for services for students with disabilities.

According to his individualized education program, or IEP, Eli is supposed to receive 30-minute speech therapy sessions twice a week. But last year he didn’t receive any, Flores said. READ MORE...

Superintendent Touts Schools with Low Proficiency As High Performing, TAPintoNEWARK, By MARK J. BONAMO, Published October 27, 2022 at 6:10 PM, Last Updated October 28, 2022 at 3:39 PM

At last month’s Newark Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Roger Leon heralded a list of “high performing” schools, which he said were the top schools in Newark.

“Nobody in Newark is beating those four schools,” he said as he read out the names of four North Ward schools and put them up on a giant screen on Sept. 27. “Let me repeat that, nobody in Newark is beating those four schools.”

While the four schools are doing better relative to other Newark schools, not a single one met the cutoff for proficiency as set by the state on the New Jersey Student Learning Assessment (NJSLA) taken in the spring, according to data obtained by TAPinto Newark through the Open Public Records Act (OPRA). In fact none of the district's K-8 schools met the proficiency standard, according to the data. READ MORE...

Newark School District adds anti-Israel book to sixth-grade curriculum, Susan R. Eisenstein Posted Oct 25, 2022 at 1: 17 PM

The school board of Newark, New Jersey is drawing attention from Israel advocacy and education organizations as well as parents for adding an anti-Israel book to its mandatory curriculum.

The book A Little Piece Of Ground by Elizabeth Laird was included in the sixth-grade English curriculum for the 2022-23 school year. The book, targeted at young adults, is accused of pushing anti-Israel propaganda and conveying a biased view of Israel to impressionable children. READ MORE...

New Jersey students did better than country’s average on NAEP math, reading tests despite dismal drops, By Jessie Gomez and Catherine Carrera, Oct 24, 2022, 12:01am EST

New Jersey students fell behind on math and reading tests known as the “nation’s report card” but continued to score higher than the national average despite dismal results laid bare after the pandemic.

Nationally, fourth and eighth grade students who took the National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP, last year saw the largest dips in math scores since 1990, when the exams were first given.

In New Jersey, eighth grade math scores dropped 11 points between 2019 and 2022, while fourth grade scores in the same subject dropped 7 points during the same time frame. READ MORE...

Girl Scouts say $1.8M gift from Amazon’s Mackenzie Scott will fund Newark STEM program Updated: Oct. 19, 2022, 4:24 p.m.|Published: Oct. 19, 2022, 9:21 a.m. By Steve Strunsky | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

MacKenzie Scott, the novelist, billionaire philanthropist and former wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, has made a $1.8 million donation to be used for a STEM mobile classroom and a related building in Newark, the Girl Scouts announced Tuesday. READ MORE...

United Way of Greater Newark's My Very Own Library Declares October 20 as Black Men Read Day throughout the City originally published: 10/18/2022

(NEWARK, NJ) -- United Way of Greater Newark’s My Very Own Library (MVOL) will kick off Black Men Read Day at Camden Elementary School (281 Camden Street in Newark) on Thursday, October 20 at 9:00am. On this day, Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Superintendent Roger Leon, Duane Davis, National Director of My Very Own Library, University of Chicago, Newark Municipal Council Members Dupre Kelly, Patrick Council, and local author Robert Constant will join men from the community to read to elementary school children. READ MORE...

Plans to Make Oldest School in Newark Into Museum and Boys Chorus School Scrapped, Now in Limbo By MARK J. BONAMO AND THOMAS WIEDMANN Published October 11, 2022 at 6:53 PM Last Updated October 12, 2022 at 12:04 AM

State Street School, the oldest standing school building in Newark, hasn’t been used as a school since the 1950s.

Compared with most Newark schools, it’s tiny, with only eight classrooms and in such disrepair that when Newark Public Schools put it on the market for sale in 2017, it only got two offers—both under $700,000. READ MORE...

Newark students, teachers: Help us examine access to water in your school By Catherine Carrera Oct 7, 2022, 6:46am EDT

Newark Public Schools kept all water fountains shut off last school year, as a way to curb spreading the coronavirus when students returned to in-person learning.

Teachers, staff, and at times, the district, bought cases of water for classrooms, and students would bring water bottles from home or buy some from vending machines. Sometimes, the teachers and students said, they refilled bottles at bathroom sinks, the only source of water they could find in their school buildings. READ MORE...

Newark Case Will Determine If School Board Members Should Have Voted to Enter Costly Litigation By TOM WIEDMANN AND MARK J. BONAMO Published October 10, 2022 at 6:58 PM Last Updated October 6, 2022 at 5:54 PM

When Superintendent Roger Leon thrust the Newark school system into litigation that has cost taxpayers over $1 million, he didn’t get approval first from his nine school board members.

Now the New Jersey Department of Education and an administrative law judge is considering whether Leon violated school laws by not getting board or state approval before he launched a costly campaign to get back a building that the Newark Board of Education sold in 2017. READ MORE...

Newark Community Street Team awarded $1 million federal grant to support school safety By Jessie Gomez Oct 4, 2022, 6:28 pm EDT

The Department of Justice awarded $1 million this week to the Newark Community Street Team (NCST) to continue its prevention work in schools. The award is part of a federal initiative to prevent school violence in K-12 schools.

The NCST will partner with the Newark Opportunity Youth Network (NOYN) to hire and deploy a team of interventionists to support student mental health and identify at-risk students at its LEAD Charter School, an alternative high school for students who had previously dropped out of high school, ​​often amid turmoil outside of school. READ MORE

More Than $1 Million in Taxpayer Dollars Spent on Legal Fees So Far To Reclaim Two District School Buildings
By TOM WIEDMANN AND MARK J. BONAMO Published October 3, 2022, at 6:27 PM Last Updated October 3, 2022, at 6:27 PM

The Newark School District’s quest to reclaim two buildings that it sold five years ago in an effort to raise money and remove old and unused buildings from its portfolio has cost taxpayers more than $1 million in legal fees.

The school district has paid two law firms more than $846,000 to represent it in a pair of lawsuits filed in April 2020 in state Superior Court in Essex County seeking to claw back Maple Street School and State Street School. READ MORE


Newark public school students score low on math state tests, higher in reading By Jessie Gomez Sept 30, 2022, 4:56 pm EDT

Newark Public School officials gave a first look at how students fared in this year’s spring state assessments, the first since disruptions over the last two years due to the coronavirus pandemic.

On average, 13% of Newark students passed their math state assessments while about 27% passed their English language arts test, according to spring New Jersey Student Learning Assessments scores, or NJSLA, which measure student proficiency across subjects and grade levels. READ MORE

Governor Murphy Announces Nominations to the New Jersey State Board of Education 09/29/2022

TRENTON – Governor Phil Murphy today announced his nominations of Mary Bennett, Dr. Kwanghee Jung, and Dr. Claudine Keenan to the New Jersey State Board of Education. Their nominations will be sent to Senate for confirmation.

“I am proud to announce my nominations to the State Board of Education today as I am confident that Mary, Kwanghee, and Claudine will be integral assets to New Jersey’s students,” said Governor Murphy. “Each of the nominees brings to the table unique insight that will be invaluable as we continue on our mission to maintain New Jersey’s place as the best state for public education in the nation. Not only do these nominees reflect the great diversity of our state, but their extensive experience and dedication to bettering the lives of students make them extremely qualified to serve on the Board.” READ MORE...

Newark laborers look to school board for answers over high school of architecture, design project By Jessie Gomez Sept 28, 2022, 4:32 pm EDT

Dozens of union workers gathered outside Newark’s Board of Education offices on Tuesday night looking for answers about the district’s new High School of Architecture & Interior Design project after the state stopped construction earlier this month. 

Many waited three hours to speak before the board to express concerns about the district’s lack of public response over problems brewing between union workers and the developer of the future site of the high school. The Department of Labor stopped work on the construction site of the new high school after wage complaints from the union, even as Superintendent Roger León continued to promote the opening of the school, slated for next fall. READ MORE

NBOE Opens 8th New School Since 2018 Posted on September 23, 2022

On September 6, 2022, Principal Paich had the incredible honor of opening Ironbound Academy Elementary School (IAES). IAES is Newark Board of Education’s newest school! The opening of IAES reimagined and transformed a shuttered parochial school within the Ironbound. In response to the growing population in the area, Superintendent León sought opportunities to provide families with additional seats in their neighborhood. As a result, IAES has been remodeled into a vibrant school building with smiling faces, positive energy, and an abundance of love! The dynamic teachers, coaches, building staff and principal are committed to the academic, social, and emotional success of all. READ MORE

‘I don’t think it’s fair’: Newark charter school community wants answers over inequities By Jessie Gomez Sept 23, 2022, 2:17 pm EDT

Great Oaks Legacy Charter School administrators, teachers, parents, alumni, and students packed a third-floor classroom at Downtown Elementary School on Thursday to unleash frustrations that they say have been building for years. 

One by one, at the monthly meeting of the board of trustees, they described their failed attempts at getting board members to address pay inequity, lack of resources, and the recent firing of the high school’s dean of students. They also raised concerns about racist practices, disparate treatment, and emails about their concerns that had gone unanswered for months. READ MORE

Grow Your Own Posted on September 23, 2022

Superintendent León took an intentional approach to mitigating the shortage of qualified teachers through extensive investments in “Grow Your Own” (GYO) programs because he strongly believes in the vital role that NBOE staff have on students- “When our Staff Grow, We All Grow.” READ MORE

District says Newark high school of architecture, design will open next fall, despite state stop-work order By Jessie Gomez Sept 20, 2022, 4:44 pm EDT

When a new high school focusing on skilled trades, interior design, and architecture was introduced to the public last year, Superintendent Roger León called it an “unheard initiative” to provide students with unique internships and apprenticeships in the field.

At an invite-only ceremony in May, school and city officials, developers, and architects gathered at the future site of the new Newark High School of Architecture and Interior Design, as León and other leaders dipped shovels into a mound of dirt marking the formal beginning of construction. READ MORE

First Lady Tammy Murphy to Host Family Festival in Newark to Address Maternal and Infant Health Crisis 09/15/2022

Newark Family Festival is a continuation of a series of festivals held statewide as a part of her Nurture NJ initiative

NEWARK – First Lady Tammy Murphy today announced that she will host her seventh large Family Festival at Mulberry Commons in Newark, NJ on Saturday, September 17 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This will be the first large-scale Family Festival the First Lady has held since before the COVID-19 pandemic. The Family Festival attendees will have access to a one-stop-shop for state, county, and local resources - including services for expectant and new moms, healthcare, housing support, food assistance, child care, energy assistance, and New Jersey Motor Vehicles Commission services such as driver’s license renewals, REAL ID distribution and more. There will also be free food, music, raffle prizes, face painting, and many more activities for the whole family. READ MORE

Students at Technology HS in Newark receive school supplies from WeLoveU
By Editor on September 15, 2022

Research shows back-to-school supply spending has increased 22 percent since 2019, due in part to inflation. The cost of wood pulp used to make paper has also increased by 50 percent over the last year. On top of these factors, schools are expanding their school supply lists as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Additional items are requested, such as laptops, headphones, hand sanitizer, tissues and personal protective equipment. READ MORE

Sign up for Chalkbeat’s monthly text updates on the Newark Board of Education By Catherine Carrera Sept 15, 2022, 11:43 am EDT

Chalkbeat Newark is launching a text messaging service to help keep our readers informed on the latest from the Newark Board of Education. READ MORE

Great Oaks Legacy Charter School welcomes new middle school building in Newark By Jessie Gomez Sept 14, 2022, 6:32 pm EDT

The new building marks the charter network’s third middle school in Newark. The new three-story facility serves fifth through eighth grade students and is equipped with a gymnasium, tutorial classrooms, support spaces, and six administrative offices. READ MORE

Newark approved for new schools as part of state project to address overcrowding By Jessie Gomez Sept 12, 2022, 3:18 pm EDT

The Schools Development Authority (SDA) granted two new pre-K through eighth grade schools in Newark, along with 14 other projects across the state, according to a press release issued by the agency last Thursday. The project is part of the SDA’s 2022 Capital Plan, which includes 16 projects that will address overcrowding and infrastructure needs...The new buildings will replace former schools but state and local officials have not released details on which schools they’ve identified for replacement. READ MORE

Gap growing in school mental health support for students of color, white students BOBBY BRIER | SEPTEMBER 8, 2022 | HEALTH CARE, EDUCATION

Have you faced barriers to services for students with disabilities in Newark schools? Let us know. By Jessie Gomez Sept 7, 2022, 5:17 pm EDT

Newark school mask mandate could end in coming weeks, PIX11 News

New Jersey Students Eagerly Head Back To School After Year Of Covid Restrictions, Ida Damage, New York, By Natalie Duddridge Updated On: September 6, 2022 / 5:28 PM / CBS New York

Newark’s parents are ready to address their children’s learning loss | Opinion By Star-Ledger Guest Columnist David Jefferson, Sr. Published: Sep. 06, 2022, 12:45 p.m.

N.J. Students Head Back To Class. But Will It Be A ‘normal’ School Year? Updated: Sep. 06, 2022, 12:10 P.M.|Published: Sep. 06, 2022, 7:30 A.M.

Back-to-school: From 600 new teachers to masks returning -- here’s a look at the new school year in Newark Sep 06, 2022, 6:45 am Updated 10h ago By News 12 Staff

Newark Public School Students, Staff Returns To 2022-2023 School Year From Summer Break By Rlsmetro On September 6, 2022, At 5:55 A.M.

Newark schools prepare for 1st day of classes with mask mandate intact By Lucy Yang via WABC Monday, September 5, 2022, 11:19

PMNJ School Board Member Did Nothing Wrong In Wearing Rainbow Mask (Opinion) Jeff Deminski Published: September 2, 2022

Newark schools: Come clean on this shady deal | Editorial Updated: Sep. 02, 2022, 7:25 a.m.|Published: Sep. 01, 2022, 7:00 a.m. By Star-Ledger Editorial Board

Newark Public School District Welcoming 600 New Teachers This Year By Toni Yates Thursday, September 1, 2022, 6:06 Pm

Newark Public Schools’ Face Mask Rules Will Stay In Place, But Some Parents Are Frustrated By Catherine Carrera Sept 1, 2022, 5:00 Pm Edt

Brakes Slammed On New High School In Newark: Reports: Work On The Newark High School Of Architecture And Interior Design Has Stalled Amid Questions About A Developer's Deal With The District. Eric Kiefer, Patch Staff Posted Thu, Sep 1, 2022 At 1:00 Pm

Future Of Controversial Building Trades High School Project Is Unclear By Mark J. Bonamo And Tom Wiedmann September 1, 2022


Back To School Homework Help For Kids At Every Age: How To Set Your Kids Up For Success, From The Elementary Years Through High School. By Ronnie Koenig Published: August 31, 2022

Newark Schools Missed Federal Requirements For Students With Disabilities, State Finds Jessie Gomez | August 31, 2022, | Education

How New Jersey And Newark Plan To Beef Up School Security This Academic Year By Catherine Carrera Aug 30, 2022, 7:50 pm 

Preparing For The Future: At Summer Academy, Newark’s Rising Red Hawks Earn College Credits While Still In High School Posted In Education And Human Services, Homepage News, University August 30, 2022

Private Investors Stand To Make Millions In Lease Of Former St. James Hospital To Newark School District By Thomas Wiedmann And Mark J. Bonamo Published August 17, 2022, At 9:59 Pm Last Updated August 26, 2022, At 3:02 Pm

Governor Murphy Signs Legislation Requiring NJ Public Schools to Develop Threat Assessment Teams 08/1/2022