Sign up for Chalkbeat’s monthly text updates on the Newark Board of Education

Superintendent Roger León greets students and parents on the first day of the 2023-24 school year at Nelson Mandela Elementary School in Newark. (Erica Seryhm Lee for Chalkbeat)

Want to stay up to date on the latest news from the Newark Board of Education while also having a way to text your school board questions to Chalkbeat’s journalists? Sign up for Chalkbeat Newark’s texting service.

Each month, Jessie Gomez, who writes about Newark public schools for us, sifts through agendas and documents, attends board meetings, and interviews Newark leaders, attendees, and others before and after the meetings. She reports the decisions made by the school board, and tells the stories of the people who will be affected by those decisions. 

And with our texting service, you’ll stay in the loop on the latest Newark school board news, regardless of whether you’re able to attend board meetings.

Here’s how it works:

To sign up to receive monthly text message updates on Newark school board meetings, text SCHOOL to 973-315-6768 or type your phone number into the box below.

Once you sign up, you’ll get a reminder text before each meeting, as well as a text after the meeting to tell you the news, and a text on occasion when there is additional important Newark school board news. 

Plus, the texts are a direct line to Chalkbeat Newark, so if you have questions you don’t see the answers to, you can text back and ask us. We hope this texting service will make it easier for Newark families to stay plugged into the school board’s decisions.

The Newark Board of Education typically meets at 6 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday and Thursday of the month. Since the pandemic, the meetings have also been held virtually and livestreamed on the district’s Facebook page. But usually, the board meets in person at its headquarters at 765 Broad Street in Newark or at various school locations throughout the district.

Find this year’s board meeting schedule here.

Catherine Carrera is the bureau chief for Chalkbeat Newark, covering the city’s K-12 schools with a focus on English language learners. Contact Catherine at ccarrera@chalkbeat.org.

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