Education

May 28, 2020

NEWARK - Hilda Asante-Nyame was so disappointed that she did not get into her first or second choice colleges — University of Pennsylvania and Johns Hopkins University — that she created a TikTok video to Orianthi's snarky hit “According to You,” chastising the schools for rejecting her.  Then ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Newly drafted 2020-2021 school budgets based on the state’s projections didn’t even have a chance to cool before COVID-19 came and upended the public sector.  Newark Public Schools, which presented its budget hearing remotely in March, and other urban districts are adrift in a sea ...

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NEWARK, NJ — The three candidates running on the Moving Newark Schools Forward slate are the apparent winners in the city's Board of Education election Tuesday with preliminary results showing a wide lead over three challengers in the first election entirely conducted by mail in the school ...

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BRICK Education Network (BEN) is launching a week-long, citywide campaign help motivate students and remind them that school is still in session during the COVID-19 pandemic. BEN, a Newark-based charter management organization, is asking educators and community leaders to join them in sharing ...

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NEWARK, NJ — The Newark School Board's first election under 100% local control is finally here, and with another historic footnote for the records — Tuesday, May 12 will be the first all vote-by-mail election in light of the novel coronavirus.  There will be no in-person polling to help stave ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Housing, education and job and food security are among the top concerns of Newark residents and education was the top concern among the city's black residents, according to a poll commissioned by Newark-based nonprofit Project Ready. The poll of 457 residents is the first to be ...

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NEWARK - A Newark non-profit is launching a multi-faceted campaign to help Newark residents make the shift to a 100% mail-in ballot in New Jersey’s first all vote-by-mail election on May 12th, including the launch of a website, NewarkVotesByMail.org. Project Ready, the Newark-based non-profit ...

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At Uncommon Schools’ North Star Academy and Camden Prep, students study English, math and other subjects on their way to college. The charter school network also teaches students to use their voice to advocate for themselves and share their ideas.  They get that voice and confidence, in part, ...

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NEWARK, NJ — As New Jersey locks into distance learning for at least the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, KIPP’s Newark schools are rolling out their second phase of remote education to 4,800 students.  In the weeks leading up to launch its virtual learning launch, Executive Director ...

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NEWARK, NJ — The current coronavirus crisis, among many other negative things, has potentially nullified a well-remembered rite of passage for high school students everywhere - the senior prom. But in Newark, the local teachers union has promised the proms to be held in the city's high schools ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Newark Public Schools Superintendent Roger Leon announced the city’s high school seniors would have a graduation ceremony, stating that while planning is currently out of the district’s control, the administration will do everything they can to celebrate its graduates.  “We are ...

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New Jerseyans stuck in the house weathering the COVID-19 public health crisis can win a $1,000 just by making a video to promote civic engagement and the importance of voting and completing the Census. Newark-based non-profit Project Ready has launched a month-long video competition open to all ...

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Charity Haygood, the principal of Avon Avenue School in Newark, received a welcome surprise today from Mike Rowe, the onetime host of Discovery Channel's Dirty Jobs, who donated 125 Chromebook laptops for her to distribute to students at the school. Haygood was featured on a special episode of ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Connecting virtually from their living rooms, kitchens and home offices, the members of the Newark Board of Education met remotely last Thursday to hold their first public meeting since the coronavirus closed Central Office indefinitely. School Business Administrator Valerie Wilson ...

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Hours after announcing that North Star Academy in Newark would close at the end of March 13 in order to keep students, staff and the overall community safe, educators there were hard at work figuring out how to transition 7,000 students to remote learning.  Students in kindergarten through 8th ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Welcoming his audience to “NPS grade 8 Math Day 1," Jerome Hancock begins making strokes on a whiteboard and narrating his lesson like a bona fide Bob Ross of mathematics, numbers serving as his happy little trees, while soothing music plays in the background. But the lesson is no ...

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Newark's school board election will be delayed until May 12 and will be a vote-by-mail-only election in an effort to protect voters and ensure fairness to candidates during this unprecedented public health crisis, Gov. Phil Murphy said Thursday. Newark's school board election was initially ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Responding to questions from reporters at a press conference regarding Newark’s first confirmed case of the coronavirus, Newark Public Schools Superintendent Roger Leon slipped in a wry plug for the upcoming Board of Education elections.  “I do want to remind everyone that it is ...

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NEWARK, NJ — With the closure of Newark schools until at least March 30 as a result of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), a non-profit organization has donated 104 WiFi hotspots to Hawthorn Avenue School so students can access the internet to continue learning. "Like so many across the country ...

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Updated 1 p.m., March 14, 2020 NEWARK, NJ — More than 36,000 Newark school children will stay home until at least March 30, the district announced late Friday, the same day the state said it would be working toward mandatory school closures across the state amid growing fear surrounding the ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Water is an often overlooked component of everyday life, but for Malcolm X Shabazz High School teacher Patrick Murray’s aquatic biogeochemistry club, the liquid is an opportunity to connect with a world of research and science that stretches beyond Newark.  Over the past seven ...

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Public charter and renaissance schools need nearly $1 billion in funding to address their facilities needs according to a report released today by the New Jersey Charter Schools Association and JerseyCAN. The report found that public charter and renaissance school are in need of $942 million in ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Radio personality Angie Martinez was chosen for this year’s Rutgers-Newark commencement speaker, the university’s Board of Governors announced on Tuesday, which added that Martinez will also receive an honorary doctorate of fine arts.  Martinez, who has established herself as one of ...

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Researchers from Rutgers University–Newark’s Department of Social Work and School of Criminal Justice recently were awarded a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to start a criminal justice–diversion program aimed at tackling the opioid epidemic in Newark. The RU-N ...

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Nearly 300 New Jersey high school students got together at Rutgers University-Newark in February to tackle one of the state’s thorniest problems: how to solve school segregation. The students, who were brought together by Rutgers Law School Professor Elise Boddie and her academic center, The ...

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The North Star Academy Speech Team cleaned up at the 45th Penn Tournament at the University of Pennsylvania over the weekend, taking home three first place trophies. Thousands of students from 111 schools and 10 states competed in the weekend tournament, one of the nation’s largest that attracts ...

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NEWARK, NJ - The state Education Commissioner is closing M.E.T.S Charter School in Newark, but giving a reprieve to three other charter schools despite their lackluster student performance on standardized tests. Education Comissioner Dr. Lamont Repollet will renew the charters of People's Prep, ...

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NEWARK, NJ — About a dozen residents took to the podium at Tuesday's Newark Board of education meeting mainly to address Superintendent Roger Leon's call to close four charter schools in the city. Leon sent a letter in December to state Education Commissioner Lamont Repollet requesting that he ...

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka along with an education advocacy group condemned a series of posters that have appeared throughout the city attacking Newark School Superintendent Roger Leon. “Don’t let the king close more Newark schools,” one flyer states, with a photo of Leon from a birthday party where he ...

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A study by a Boston University professor for a New York-based think tank has determined that attending a Newark charter school is among the most impactful education interventions studied by researchers. Marcus Winters, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and an associate professor at ...

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