Lifelong champion of youth to open LEAD charter

August 20, 2017

The first thing you notice about Robert Clark is his smile, then his energy, as he strides down the halls of LEAD, his new charter high school that will open in September.

The modern LEAD building at 201 Bergen Street is alive with activity, as Clark’s team gets ready to open its doors to 92 students in just a few short weeks.

Clark pokes his head into every classroom to check on the ...

Incoming Newark second graders make literacy gains over the summer

In a few weeks, more than 750 Newark Public School students will be entering second grade better prepared to read proficiently thanks to an innovative program between the district one of the city’s highest performing charter schools.

Over the summer, the students attended the “Rising Second Grade” program, a collaborative effort between NPS and Uncommon Schools’ North ...

Uncommon Schools Creating Pipeline of Teachers of Color in New Jersey

When Michelle Yaruqui arrived at Uncommon Schools’ North Star Academy in sixth grade she could barely write in English. She came to the United States from Ecuador with her family when she was five, and the school she’d attended through fifth grade hadn’t challenged her.

“We would only watch movies for class sometimes, or just sit around and talk,” she ...

Putting the Latest PARCC Results in Perspective

The latest results showing how New Jersey's public school students fared on the state's PARCC exams were released yesterday, showing a continued - albeit gradual - improvement in overall passing rates. But like all things PARCC in this state, there are questions and debates about what it all means. Even the apparent good news is mixed:…<!--more-->


NJ Parent Summit readies parents, educators for new era in Newark

As Newark sits on the cusp of regaining local control of its schools, educators and parents are preparing to help lead the charge towards education reform. And at this year’s NJ Parent Summit, it was all about parent engagement, student advocacy and readying for the change that many believe is coming.

Now in its second year, the summit brought together 200 parents from across the state ...

Baraka lauds state Board of Education recommendation for return to local control of Newark schools

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka applauded a key state Board of Education recommendation to return local control to the Newark school board after more than 20 years of state rule. 

"Reaching this milestone is the culmination of years of struggle by parents, students, educators, and community activists. Time has shown that the State control has not improved our schools," Baraka said in a ...

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