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Jessie Gomez

Reporter, Chalkbeat Newark

Jessie Gomez is a Reporter at Chalkbeat Newark covering Newark Public Schools. She is a proud Latina and first-generation college student with experience covering local communities and Black and Latino communities. Jessie was previously a reporter at The Record/Northjersey.com covering Morris and Bergen County communities in New Jersey. Before that, Jessie had a one-year fellowship at MuckRock, a non-profit news site based in Boston, focused on public records law and FOIA work. Jessie also has experience in political communications, broadcast and digital media.

Researchers find racial and wealth disparities in diagnoses, and call for more research and services.
Trust for Public Land and Congregation Ahavas Sholom will build a playground at Lincoln Elementary School at no cost to Newark Public Schools.
An attempt by board member Crystal Williams to halt the extension of Roger Leon’s contract to 2028 drew no support from other board members.
During Newark Board of Education’s retreat meeting, Board President Dawn Haynes addressed questions about the Superintendent’s contract.
A new partnership between Newark and the Devils Youth Foundation aims to raise attendance in four high schools.
School districts had until the end of 2022 to schedule meetings about makeup services with parents of students with disabilities.
This year, incoming high schoolers are required to take their admissions test in early February but Newark has not clarified if the exam will be given to students this year.
Chalkbeat Newark reporter Jessie Gómez went to public schools in New Jersey and California, which helped her get a better understanding of different communities and education systems.
The Newark Teachers Union wants the school district to include “per diem” employees in the $1,000 bonus for full-time employees.
Black students at the high school shared their experiences of racism at the school with board of education members last month. Their community is now rallying for change.
Under a state law passed in March, school districts are required to hold meetings with parents of students with disabilities by Dec. 31 to discuss how their student can make up services missed due to remote learning during the pandemic.
After years of negotiating, Newark Public Schools and NJ Transit will launch a monthly bus pass program for high school students next year.
Students who have completed most of their senior coursework can enroll this spring to learn aircraft mechanics.
Legal experts recommend parents of students with disabilities make a written request to their school districts to schedule IEP meetings about services called “compensatory education” by Dec. 31.
Application deadlines for colleges and universities are around the corner and for some students, the process can be daunting. Bernadette Asuquo, a senior at the Essex County School of Technology, says the journey shouldn’t be stressful if you find the right support.
Newark Public Schools ranked itself high in this year’s state-required self-evaluation. In 2017, Newark’s evaluation was vital in the state’s decision to return local control to the school district.
The Newark-based charter school resumed its efforts to conduct a pay equity analysis following leadership changes in the human resource team that had originally put the plan on pause, Great Oaks Legacy said.
Dozens of students joined Make the Road NJ youth leaders to protest against policing in schools and demand more mental health resources and restorative justice practices in schools.
After Newark school board officials gave a look at drops in state math and reading scores, state science assessment scores for the district also show decline.
Newark officials found some school water fountains to be inoperable after testing them for lead. District officials said they will bring in touchless water fountains to schools.
In Newark, students with disabilities need more support and services to recover from the learning loss experienced during the pandemic, parents say.
New Jersey fourth and eighth grade scores dropped on NAEP math and reading tests. The scores offer a comprehensive look at how students in the Garden State are doing after the pandemic.
The Newark Police Department is working to fill nearly half of its crossing guard positions across public and charter schools amid growing concerns about student safety.
The Newark Community Street Team will partner with the Newark Opportunity Youth Network charter school to support student mental health and provide violence prevention and intervention.
The sobering new state test scores show a glimpse into the severity of the pandemic’s toll on student learning and the efforts school leaders must take to recover from it.
Union workers showed up to Newark Board of Education’s first in-person meeting this year in search of answers about the district’s new High School of Architecture & Interior Design project after the state stopped construction on the site earlier this month.
Great Oaks Legacy Charter school operators are under fire after school leaders and students claim racial inequities, unequal pay, and leadership practices are hindering its predominantly Black school community.
District officials anticipate the opening of the new high school of architecture and interior design for next fall despite the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development issuing a stop-work order on the construction site.
Newark middle school charter students move into a new building in the West Ward after sharing a school with elementary students.
Newark Public Schools will receive two new schools as part of the state’s larger initiative to support some of New Jersey’s poorest school districts.