Luna won a unanimous vote to fill the vacant seat on the school board in October, but the board didn't swear him in during its November meeting.
District officials say students are struggling to learn letter sounds and recognize words, a problem they need to overcome to read, spell, write, and ultimately learn.
The union joined other community members in demanding the release of a report on the racial, cultural, and religious dynamics at Newark’s School of Global Studies after Superintendent Roger León said the review would remain internal.
The two-time public school board candidate will fill the empty seat after Hasani Council was sworn in as president following the abrupt departure of the board’s former president.
Gov. Phil Murphy and the legislature are responsible for funding school construction projects in Newark and 30 other high-poverty districts. But with no long-term plans to do so, it’s unclear how Newark will completely fix its schools.
Join Chalkbeat Newark, NJ Spotlight News, and New York Public Radio on Thursday, Oct. 26 at the Newark Public Library for a discussion on “The State of Segregation” in New Jersey schools.
Over the last five years, families and community advocates have argued that New Jersey violated its constitution and allowed its public schools to become racially and socioeconomically segregated.
State test results for the city’s public schools show scores grew by 2 percentage points in math and English language arts this year.
The report, conducted by CREED Strategies, reveals the cultural problems at the Newark School of Global Studies after incidents of racial harassment surfaced last fall.