Outside the classroom

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.
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.
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.
The number of home-schooled students in the state quadrupled in the 2020-21 academic year.
Researchers find racial and wealth disparities in diagnoses, and call for more research and services.
The Newark Police Department is working to fill nearly half of its crossing guard positions across public and charter schools amid growing concerns about student safety.
A severe water main break led to families experiencing little to no water in their homes and schools to cancel services to students.
Newark’s virtual reality program pays students to work in the metaverse, learn how to code, and develop their own realities as part of the city’s six-week summer youth jobs program.
After another year of learning disruptions, families of students with autism say the summer program at Nassan’s Place has helped them form a community and receive much-needed services.
Malcolm X Shabazz High School in Newark has struggled with violence and low academic achievement for years, even as parents and employees pleaded for help.
Filling out the federal student aid application is challenging even for savvy parents. For those who aren’t native English speakers, the complicated form can be mind-boggling. Thanks to volunteers and an organized campaign in Newark, more families can now tackle the form.
With so many under-prepared students getting trapped in basic skills classes, some colleges have experimented with online remediation — but the results have been mixed.
More than half of Newark high school seniors completed their applications for federal student aid last year and raked in $45 million in scholarships, according to the district, but the city wants even more students to receive money for college.
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