Newark, Paterson and Jersey City Districts to Hold Joint School Board Meeting May 6
The Paterson Board of Education will host a joint board of education meeting in May to explore ways to bring local control back to the Paterson, Newark and Jersey City school districts.
The meeting will take place at the John F. Kennedy High School at 61 Preakness Avenue in Paterson, NJ on Monday, May 6 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
From the Theoretical to the Practical: How to Bridge the Achievement Gap
With recent data showing that the vast majority of high-achieving students from low-income neighborhoods don't apply to selective colleges or universities, concerns over an ever-growing achievement gap continue to hang over Newark's schools and families.
That achievement gap, largely considered a national crisis, was the focus of a March 14 panel discussion held by the Newark Trust for Education's Committee of Advocates.
"As Newark Public Schools works to launch reform initiatives to accelerate district-wide academic achievement, we need to examine some key challenges facing our youth," said Trust President and CEO Ross Danis.
Newark Trust’s Candidates’ Forum Tackles District-wide Challenges
The discussion, hosted by the Newark Trust for Education's Committee of Advocates, touched on several of the pressing issues facing the district. They included the merit pay provision in the recently adopted contract between the district and the Newark Teachers' Union, the effect of district charter schools as well as school closings and teacher layoffs.
But at almost every step, the candidates argued for local control over the district. The New Jersey Department of Education has held the district's administrative reins since 1995.
"This school board election is critical," said forum moderator Richard Cammarieri, a former advisory board member and lifelong Newark resident. "With a budget that surpasses the city's budget by $300 million, we have a moral, civic and financial responsibility to vote on April 16."
Join Us at the New Jersey After 3 Expanded Learning Time 2013 Spring Conference
On Saturday, April 20, we're headed to the New Jersey After 3 Expanded Learning Time 2013 Spring Conference. We hope you are, too.
The conference, scheduled to take place 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Chancellor Avenue School at 255 Chancellor Avenue in Newark, will feature workshops facilitated by trainers from Development Without Limits, LitLife and AmeriGroup.