As a new school year gets underway, the Newark Police Department is struggling to fill vacant crossing guard positions. Some community groups want the department to change its application process.
The federal grant, known as Project AWARE, will support Newark in promoting healthy social and emotional learning environments and prevent violence in schools.
Our text updates will highlight major school board news and how it affects 38,000 students.
Studies have shown Newark is one of the hottest cities in the nation. With temperatures soaring into the 90s, parents are raising concerns about inoperable water fountains and no air conditioning systems in schools.
As Newark students return to class, officials are hoping summer initiatives such as high-dosage tutoring aimed at helping those who have fallen behind will improve student performance this school year.
Shabazz’s firm, Legacy Inc., “Everybody Has One,” was awarded an extra $200,000 to provide additional support for students participating in study abroad programs.
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights reviewed 80 complaints of sexual harassment across city public schools and found some were not investigated.
The Newark Board of Education delayed its plan to hire a board attorney before the start of the school year to better understand the function of an attorney for the nine-member school board.
Two former teachers at the Newark School of Global Studies felt their “worth as a teacher and human being has been diminished” after experiencing harassment and racial hostility by students and supervisors last school year, according to legal claims.
On Thursday morning, teachers greeted students with hugs and high fives and volunteers from other KIPP New Jersey schools welcomed students getting off yellow school buses.
Growing up, masculinity meant denying vulnerability. There’s a better way.
This school year, roughly 6,900 students are enrolled for preschool with no waitlist – an increase over last year’s 6,600 students, the district said.
New Jersey students of color shared the impact of attending schools that did not reflect their cultural backgrounds and the challenges they faced.
New Jersey students took the state’s standardized test last spring. The scores pointed to the severity of the pandemic on student learning and the efforts Newark leaders must take to recover from it.

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Demographic data show some positive trends that the workforce reflects the student body in some schools.
This year’s reorganization reflects previous efforts to create pipelines to leadership roles and elevate people of color into leadership positions.
Mayor Ras Baraka announced his 10-point Youth Literacy Action Plan, which calls on the city’s schools, parents, community partners, and programs to get young children reading and writing amid low state test scores last spring.
Juanita Greene says she’s proud of the recognition ‘after all these years.’
During a press conference on Thursday, Superintendent Roger León said Newark schools received a draft report of the review, which will help the district design a strategy to tackle racial issues among city schools.
The new health center opening comes at a time when a number of Newark families have limited access to medical services and experience barriers to health care.
As the school year ends, mothers of students with disabilities want a better academic year for their kids despite looming concerns about their child’s physical and educational progress.
The women in my family haven’t had the opportunities now before me, but their stories made mine possible.
Las mujeres de mi familia no han tenido las oportunidades que yo, pero sus historias hicieron posible la mía.
The nine-member board approved a resolution to hire its own attorney in January after questions about the board’s legal authority came to light.
The National Council on Teacher Quality report analyzed 10 college and university programs in New Jersey, although another 13 programs in the state did not participate. Some experts have previously questioned the organization’s methodology.
I was told that topics such as white supremacy and intersectionality would make it difficult to sell the curriculum.
Air quality conditions in New Jersey improved on Friday prompting students to return to school.
The bill is facing some opposition from critics who say test scores keep districts and teachers accountable.
New Jersey school districts are canceling outdoor activities in response to the unhealthy air conditions caused by wildfire smoke from Canada entering the area.
The number of students in need of summer school increased this year partly because of state standardized test scores that showed Newark students scoring low in math and reading, the district said.
In March, the Newark Board of Education filed an appeal over the state’s decision to approve North Star Academy’s charter school expansion, one of the largest charter school networks in the city with six elementary, six middle, and two high schools.
As security surveillance technology evolves in schools, experts say oversight and community discussions of its implementation should grow too.
Paula White, executive director of JerseyCAN, a statewide education advocacy organization, explains the “reading crisis” among children in New Jersey and the need for a state plan.
Five years after the Newark school system returned to local control, newly elected Board of Education members were officially sworn in at Thursday’s reorganization meeting.
Superintendent Roger León said it is not “humanly” possible to make changes to this year’s academic calendar.
Shabazz’s company, Legacy Inc., “Everybody Has One,” will continue to provide consultancy services for the Newark School of Global Studies and Malcolm X Shabazz High Schools.
State education leaders voted to change the New Jersey Graduation Proficiency Assessment passing scores to 725, down from the original 750 scores.
The state has identified more than 200 school districts as lacking in mental health professionals and where more than 20% of the students receive free or reduced-cost lunches.
The district will hold mandatory summer classes for struggling students, programming for students with disabilities, and optional activities for all students led by community partners.
Three Newark candidates win a spot to oversee New Jersey’s largest school district but concerns remain about low turnout.
This year, Newark residents voted for three candidates among eight running for school board, including two incumbents vying to keep their seats and six individuals hoping to secure a spot.
From a pool of eight candidates, voters will need to select three on April 25 and vote to approve or deny the district’s $1.3 billion budget that calls for no property tax increase next year.
It takes a lot of maturity, Lauren Whidbee writes, but I see a genuine effort from all of my students.