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Newark Public Schools
July 15, 2019
We read Roger León’s Clarity 2020 plan for Newark’s schools so you don’t have to. Here’s what to expect in the next year.
Roger León’s Clarity 2020 plan for Newark schools has 168 action items. We’ve broken them down so students, parents, and educators can know what to expect.
July 9, 2019
Newark school buildings raised safety concerns. Why haven’t they been fixed?
Many Newark schools need to be renovated or replaced. But with the state providing limited support, the district is grappling with how to fund the repairs.
more than a paycheck
July 8, 2019
3,000 Newark youths start summer jobs through city employment program
Hundreds of young people packed into the bleachers at a community college in Newark on Monday. They were all there for one reason — to start their summer jobs.
'I'm the boss'
July 2, 2019
During his first year in charge, Roger León started reshaping Newark’s schools — and promised bigger changes to come
In his first year as superintendent, León started to eliminate policies he didn't like and restore ones he does. Now, residents will start looking for results.
Updated June 28, 2019
Three Newark students selected to attend NJIT on full scholarships
Three Newark students are receiving new, full-ride scholarships to one of the state's premier universities — and expectations for what they'll accomplish there are high.
'first in flight'
Updated July 1, 2019
New Jersey’s first all-male public school celebrates its first graduating class
The cheers were loud as Samuel Colon’s name was called Wednesday evening to receive his high school diploma.
at the bargaining table
June 21, 2019
With contract about to expire, Newark Teachers Union says new deal with district is ‘very close’
The Newark Teachers Union and the district are negotiating a new contract to replace one that expires this month. Teacher raises and merit pay could be on the line.
June 14, 2019
Superintendent León unveils long-awaited plan to build ‘stronger, wiser’ school system
The plan, called NPS Clarity 2020, hints at some specific initiatives while calling for the redesign of nearly every aspect of the school system.
June 11, 2019
Early data show attendance gains in Newark, amid district push to combat absenteeism
Just over 24 percent of Newark students were chronically absent from September to May, a 5.4 percentage point improvement from that period last year, officials said.
Turnover at the top
June 7, 2019
High-ranking Newark schools official leaves to run Orange Public Schools
Newark Public Schools Deputy Superintendent Gerald Fitzhugh II is stepping down after less than a year on the job.
'you can't ignore this population'
June 7, 2019
In Newark, a new high school offers a refuge to students who stumble — and, for some, a path to graduation
LEAD Charter School opened in 2017 to serve students who fell behind in their previous schools. Now, it must find a way to help them graduate.
June 4, 2019
Newark launches ‘Mayor’s Book Club’ in effort to promote reading among young people
The new effort, called #NewarkReads, will begin with a 500-book giveaway to students in grades six to eight.
June 3, 2019
Newark’s 2019 Teacher of the Year is a homegrown educator who wants students to know, ‘You are loved’
Tamara Leveridge, a sixth-grade English teacher at Ivy Hill School, has been named Newark’s 2019 Teacher of the Year.
May 3, 2019
How can Newark’s superintendent improve the city’s schools? Stakeholders weigh in.
Newark residents and school stakeholders offered recommendations for improving the district as the new superintendent prepares to release his master plan.
April 30, 2019
Newark charter schools say district sent them fewer students this year, violating ‘verbal agreement’
Several Newark charter school leaders said the district sent them fewer students than they requested this year, which they say violates a verbal agreement.
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