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six months in
January 16, 2019
As Newark superintendent makes whirlwind changes, some residents seek ‘clarity’
Superintendent Roger León has made a flurry of changes since starting in July. But some observers still aren't clear about his overall plan.
January 11, 2019
Newark’s rush to create new magnet-school admissions test is raising eyebrows. Here’s what you need to know.
Newark students will take a new high-stakes test next month. Big questions remain about how the test will be used and why it's necessary.
January 8, 2019
Newark delays launch of new magnet-school admissions test by a month
Eighth-graders were originally scheduled to take the admissions test this week before officials postponed it until February.
The future of 'community schools'
January 7, 2019
‘Zero student achievement’: Fate of Newark’s $10M ‘community schools’ program is in doubt
Newark launched a high-profile "community schools" program in 2015. Now, the new superintendent is asking what it's accomplished.
year in review
December 21, 2018
Highlights from a momentous year for Newark schools — and a preview of what’s ahead
The return to local control. A school board election. A new superintendent. It was a busy year in Newark.
‘We’re doing it to help all of us’: In Newark, student-researchers ask their peers why they miss school
A group of Newark high school and college students wanted to document all the reasons students miss school. So they surveyed their peers.
December 13, 2018
Newark’s absenteeism problem persists as thousands of students miss several days this year, new data show
About one in five Newark students already is considered "chronically absent" this year, putting them at academic risk.
December 7, 2018
Want to attend one of Newark’s coveted magnet schools? Get ready to take a test.
Students hoping to attend one of Newark's six magnet schools will have to sit for a new exam in January.
December 5, 2018
In Newark, universal enrollment was in danger. So charters started planning a separate system.
As charter leaders negotiated with Newark's superintendent over the citywide enrollment system, they also explored a charter-only alternative.
December 4, 2018
Newark’s new superintendent defended the enrollment system. Now can he make it work?
Several challenges lie ahead for the enrollment system, including a leadership vacuum and an anxious charter sector.
November 29, 2018
Civics 101: New course will teach Newark students how to tackle local problems
Newark high schoolers will soon take a course in civic problem-solving.
November 28, 2018
In deal with union, Newark agrees to pay raises for teachers with graduate degrees
The district's deal with the Newark Teachers Union will give some teachers retroactive raises and restore higher pay for teachers with graduate degrees.
November 16, 2018
‘No secret agreements’: Newarkers demand details of district-charter enrollment deal
The Newark school board voted Monday to continue an enrollment partnership with charter schools. Details of the deal have not been released.
November 14, 2018
Newark will keep universal enrollment for now — even as key dispute between charter schools and city appears unresolved
The Newark school board voted to preserve the city's online application system for at least another year. But key details remain unresolved.
Updated November 9, 2018
As León pushes for changes, some charters consider leaving Newark’s unified enrollment system
Newark's new superintendent wants to change how the universal enrollment system works. Now, some charter schools are considering leaving.
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