Jessie Gómez

Jessie Gómez

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.

Hundreds of teens across Newark are headed to prom as this year marks the four-year anniversary of the pandemic and the start of virtual learning.

“Typically at this point, all students would have financial aid packages from all their schools,” said Mark Stulberg, director of college counseling at North Star Academy’s Lincoln Park High School.

Students at First Avenue School last year were among the first to test Khanmigo, an artificially intelligent chatbot developed by Khan Academy and powered by ChatGPT technology.

The state’s Latinx student population is steadily increasing but attending “increasingly hyper-segregated schools,” according to a new report from the Latino Action Network Foundation and Rutgers University Cornwall Center.

District leaders say the new cameras are meant to make schools safer and will not result in an invasion of privacy.

Efforts to reduce youth crime should focus on after-school and early evening hours, studies show. Students in Newark say the curfew could help curb violence but foresee resistance among young people.

The rate of Newark youth out of school and without a job is almost double the statewide rate and remains above pre-pandemic levels, according to a new report.

This year, Newark Public Schools extended summer school program hours until 6 p.m. for students in elementary, middle, and high school.

Newark Public School leaders said the biggest expenses are payments to charter schools, hiring new teachers, upgrading facilities, and supporting academic initiatives.