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.
Districts nationwide have also invested significant portions of their budgets and federal relief funds to upgrade school security measures as worries over student safety grow.
The state Department of Education recommended lowering the passing score but some board members worried that could reduce career and college readiness.
The awards were made with the help of the New Jersey Justice Collaborative for Girls, a state-funded leadership and advocacy program for young women.
Newark residents will cast their vote in April for next school year’s $1.3 billion budget blueprint that also boosts spending for English language learners.
The Newark Teachers Union is researching why some employees were excluded from a $1,000 “Let’s Go To Work” payment announced during the annual convocation held at the start of the school year.
Legislation would require principals, librarians, and other school staffers to get training.
We want your input in our voter guide for the Newark school board election in April. Send us your questions by March 30.
Newark voters will pick from a list of new and returning candidates when they cast their ballots on April 25.

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As a young girl, Nubia Lumumba recruited kids in her neighborhood for her makeshift school in her backyard. Today, she’s the teacher of her own high school classroom where she aims to connect with students on a deeper level.
Last year, the state adopted a higher passing score than one recommended by education officials, but promised to review the results to determine if New Jersey should lower the benchmark for juniors this year.
The state shut down University Heights Charter School last summer due to low test scores, declining enrollment, and an unstable leadership team.
Emails obtained by Chalkbeat Newark show the growing tensions among students and pleas from frustrated teachers and a parent asking school leaders to stop and prevent racist harassment on campus.
An 11% boost for a district that relies more heavily on state aid compared with wealthier communities.
In New Jersey, a school can be identified as needing comprehensive, targeted, or additional targeted support and improvement. Additional federal funds are provided to these schools to help raise student achievement.
On Thursday, the school board approved four motions to pay attorney’s fees for board members served with ethics complaints.
Insufficient federal funding means significant number of needy children remain unreached by Head Start and Early Head Start programs.
More NJ teens are in shelters. New Jersey lawmakers look to train workers to get them into needed programs.
Gov. Phil Murphy and Newark leaders announced 26 schools in New Jersey will teach AP African American Studies next year.
With only 3% of voters participating in last year’s school board election, Newark based group Project Ready hopes to increase this year’s turnout.
The number of home-schooled students in the state quadrupled in the 2020-21 academic year.
Newark Public Schools continues to average a 91% daily attendance rate but schools with high average daily attendance may still have a core group of chronically absent students.
Researchers find racial and wealth disparities in diagnoses, and call for more research and services.
I hear judgment in people’s voices, but I know I can be a force for good.
Achieve Community and People’s Prep charter schools will consolidate for next school year. North Star Academy and LINK Community charter schools can increase enrollment.
Trust for Public Land and Congregation Ahavas Sholom will build a playground at Lincoln Elementary School at no cost to Newark Public Schools.
An attempt by board member Crystal Williams to halt the extension of Roger Leon’s contract to 2028 drew no support from other board members.
During Newark Board of Education’s retreat meeting, Board President Dawn Haynes addressed questions about the Superintendent’s contract.
A new partnership between Newark and the Devils Youth Foundation aims to raise attendance in four high schools.
León’s contract renewal was reportedly done in secret, without public notice or discussion.
School districts had until the end of 2022 to schedule meetings about makeup services with parents of students with disabilities.
This year, incoming high schoolers are required to take their admissions test in early February but Newark has not clarified if the exam will be given to students this year.
Chalkbeat Newark reporter Jessie Gómez went to public schools in New Jersey and California, which helped her get a better understanding of different communities and education systems.
The Newark Teachers Union wants the school district to include “per diem” employees in the $1,000 bonus for full-time employees.
Across student groups statewide, math scores took a greater hit than literacy scores between 2019 and 2022.
Black students at the high school shared their experiences of racism at the school with board of education members last month. Their community is now rallying for change.
Sheyla Riaz says mental health support in schools is just as crucial as having academic resources available for students.