Catherine Carrera

Bureau Chief, Chalkbeat Newark

Catherine Carrera is Chalkbeat Newark’s first bureau chief. Catherine previously covered K-12 education on Long Island for Newsday. Before that, she was a reporter at The Record/, covering New Jersey’s higher education landscape. She also served as a statehouse reporter and local news reporter during her time at The Record. Catherine, a New Jersey native, is a graduate of Rutgers University. She earned a certificate teaching English to speakers of other languages and had a stint as a TESOL teacher in India.

A severe water main break led to families experiencing little to no water in their homes and schools to cancel services to students.
Some families are scrambling to pay unexpected costs, and worry about where their children will go to school next year, after the state closed University Heights Charter School.
Jessica Tavares says students are more willing to try their best when they can be themselves.
Under new guidance, teachers and attendance monitors can provide the causes for absences, including crisis or bereavement.
Superintendent Roger León said the recommended changes seek to educate, not punish students.
District officials hope the pay increase will attract new teachers and boost morale among current teachers.
Crystal Williams shares why she decided to run for office and what she hopes to accomplish.
Acting Education Commissioner Angelica Allen-McMillan defends sex ed guidelines that were revised in 2020.
The district will keep all COVID prevention protocols in place for now.
The district gave students and staff rapid tests to take at home before returning to school after spring break.
Group backing 3 Newark school board candidates who are also supported by city politicians reaps vast majority of political contributions.
Seven candidates are vying for three spots in an election also featuring the district’s tax levy.
Seven candidates running for three seats on the Newark Board of Education discussed their views on learning loss, mental health, and school budget priorities.
The proposed spending plan is supported largely by a potential $1.04 billion in state aid.
An advocacy group’s report points to lack of bilingual staff and COVID as big issues.
Talena Lachelle Queen focuses on love in her classroom and infuses poetry in her language arts class.
Gov. Phil Murphy’s proposal would give Newark more than $1 billion in state aid.
The national teachers union hopes the stipends will help keep students in the program.
After the statewide school mask mandate is lifted, local school districts can implement their own face masking rules.
The report urges the state to fully fund the school-aid formula and then update it to reflect the needs of today’s students.
The Newark Board of Education approved a resolution outlining promises to English learners, including steps to find students who “lost contact” with the district during the pandemic.
There were fewer than 100 staff cases during the week the district returned to in-person learning, a steep drop from more than 500 cases in one week after Christmas.
North Star Academy resumed in-person instruction after break. Students say they felt a range of emotions, including concerns about the virus and gratitude to keep seeing their friends.
With a few days’ notice before winter break, Newark schools could prepare and provide an easier transition.
After the holiday break ends Jan. 3, Newark students will resume classes virtually until Jan. 14.
Superintendent Roger León said learning pods would reopen throughout the city for families who have to work.
Newark Superintendent Roger León reminded students to take home their Chromebooks before leaving for the holiday break, which was moved to start a day early.