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/ 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.

The state’s Schools Development Authority is in the early stages of building the new high school in the South Ward and demolishing Hawthorne Avenue Elementary School.

Superintendent Roger León says 33 of Newark’s oldest schools need replacements. He estimates more than $2 billion is needed for all repairs and upgrades.

Newark schools and organizations are offering free activities and meal assistance programs for students and their families this summer.

The Newark Board of Education promoted seven vice principals and a supervisor for the Office of Special Education to principals for the 2024-25 school year.

The Newark Board of Education’s 2020 lawsuit to reclaim the former district building argued that the city’s housing authority violated an agreement it had with the school board.

Board of education members approved the appointment of four district employees to executive leadership roles and hired a new communications director.

District leaders will spend more than a quarter of a million dollars to rehire a Memphis-based marketing firm tasked with recruiting up to 311 students.

Gov. Phil Murphy tasked New Jersey leaders to lead in AI-powered initiatives. New state guidance aims to help school districts pioneer the technology.

Lina Zapta is an educator at North Star Academy’s Washington Park High School, where the English learner turned Spanish teacher works to make her classroom ‘a space of trust and comfort.’

The foundation is launching a new grant program aimed at providing city schools with more resources to develop, support, and increase achievement outcomes for Newark’s students with disabilities and multilingual learners.