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2 days ago
In Newark, a teacher’s Halloween costume fuels racism debate at a top school
The big story A debate about racism and cultural insensitivity has flared up, again, at Science Park High School. On…
'It's a mess'
2 days ago
Lingering anger over teacher’s Trump-hat Halloween costume fuels racial tensions at top Newark high school
A teacher's Halloween costume that some students found offensive has rekindled a debate about racism and cultural insensitivity at an elite Newark high school.
theory of change
March 13, 2019
What’s behind Newark’s graduation rate drop? One theory points to data snafus.
Newark's 2018 graduation rate declined by about 3 percentage points. One theory says data reporting challenges may be to blame.
March 11, 2019
After years of gains, Newark’s graduation rate slips
The big story Newark’s high school graduation rate had been steadily rising for several years, mirroring state and national trends…
Class of 2018
March 8, 2019
Amid national and state increases, Newark’s graduation rate dropped in 2018
The district’s on-time graduation rate was 75.7 percent last year, a nearly 3 percentage point decline from 2017.
March 8, 2019
In Newark school board race, independent candidates take on team with political backing
the race is on
Updated March 8, 2019
In Newark school board race, independent candidates face off against team with political backing
One group of candidates has the backing of a powerful political coalition. An opposing group says it's "powered by the people."
Gov. Murphy proposes boost to education spending — and a new ‘millionaire’s tax’ to help pay for it
Murphy’s spending plan would boost state aid for K-12 education by $206 million, and raise taxes on those earning more than $1 million.
March 4, 2019
The stubborn funding gap between New Jersey’s rich and poor districts
The big story The vast majority of students in New Jersey’s poor communities attend underfunded schools. That comes from a…
March 4, 2019
Most NJ students in poor areas attend underfunded schools, report shows, even as Murphy promises to boost education spending
Even with a funding boost from the state, schools in high-poverty districts like Newark get less money than schools in wealthier districts with more tax revenue.
comings and goings
March 1, 2019
In Newark, heads of school safety and bilingual education step down
Bilingual education chief Brenda García and school safety director Eric Ingold are stepping down. Retired security chief Willie Freeman will step in temporarily.
February 27, 2019
NJIT wants to enroll more Newark students. It’s joining forces with the school district to make it happen.
In order to enroll more Newark residents, NJIT will help local high school students with math and give out full scholarships.
teachers of tomorrow
February 26, 2019
In search of diverse educators, Newark will prepare students to become district teachers
Newark Public Schools is launching a new teacher-training program for students amid a statewide campaign to diversify the teaching force.
February 25, 2019
Career education is poised for a comeback in Newark
The big story Teaching, engineering, dentistry — those are a few of the career tracks that Newark wants to expose students to…
vocational training returns
Updated February 25, 2019
Career education is poised for a comeback in Newark high schools, but challenges await
Newark's new superintendent wants to rebuild career-themed academies inside the district's often struggling traditional high schools.
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