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May 21, 2019
Big staffing changes coming to Newark schools, as top-to-bottom overhaul begins
Superintendent Roger León said he will eliminate certain school administrator positions, while also hiring directors to oversee academics across the district.
March 27, 2019
Newark schools backtracked in 2018 on several measures, halting years of progress
Newark Public Schools backtracked on several measures last year, including the graduation rate, absenteeism rate, and college-readiness scores.
where are they now
February 22, 2019
Long gone from Newark, Cami Anderson and Kitamba get contracts to assist Los Angeles schools
Former Superintendent Cami Anderson made aggressive changes in Newark. Now she and a group with Newark ties are involved in reform efforts in Los Angeles.
Newark's Absenteeism Crisis
September 26, 2018
Another year, another Newark attendance campaign. Can León succeed where others have failed?
Like his predecessors, Superintendent Roger León wants to end Newark's absenteeism crisis. It won't be easy.
behind the scenes
August 22, 2018
How Newark’s former schools chief used a ‘victory lap’ and privately paid consultants to cement his legacy
Former Newark Superintendent Chris Cerf's administration used private money to tout their policies and manage the district's transition back to local control.
June 23, 2018
Top Newark school officials ousted in leadership shake-up as new superintendent prepares to take over
About 30 Newark Public Schools officials and administrators were given the option Friday to resign or face termination.
behind the scenes
Updated June 8, 2018
‘It may not bode well.’ State lawmaker intervened in Newark’s superintendent search, its first under local control
State Sen. Teresa Ruiz pressured officials to replace a member of the superintendent search committee and to allow an extra candidate, sources said.
Politics & Policy
June 6, 2018
Three lessons Newark’s new schools chief can learn from New York City’s retired chancellor
Roger León will soon take over a district still reeling from past changes. Former NYC schools chief Carmen Fariña knows what that's like.
'It's a new day'
May 25, 2018
In Newark, will homegrown change replace outsider-led reform?
After controversial reforms enacted by outsiders, Newark has chosen a homegrown leader. Can he create a new model of change?
May 23, 2018
Former principal Roger Leon chosen as Newark’s new superintendent
Leon, a Newark native and veteran of the school system, was picked by the school board in a unanimous vote Tuesday night.
May 2, 2018
For the first time in a generation, Newark will pick its own schools chief. Meet the interim leader hoping to get the job.
After working in Newark schools for two decades, Robert Gregory thinks he's ready to lead the district. But he's not the only one vying for the top job.
February 1, 2018
‘All eyes are on Newark’: As the city regains control of its schools, a look at what’s to come
A 22-year state takeover of Newark's public schools is over. Now, local decisions about leadership, spending, and more, begin.
February 11, 2014
Chris Cerf and Joel Klein, together again at Amplify
New Jersey education commissioner Christopher Cerf is stepping down and reuniting with Joel Klein, his old boss at the New York City Department of Education.
August 21, 2013
Rouhanifard, former NYC official, to head Camden, N.J., schools
Department of Education officials Marc Sternberg and Paymon Rouhanifard spoke to the City Council in 2012. Rouhanifard, who has worked in Newark since last year, was named superintendent of Camden, N.J., schools today. A former top New York City schools official is New Jersey’s pick to run the Camden school district, which the state took over this year because of poor performance and mismanagement. Paymon Rouhanifard, who has been a top deputy in Newark since last November, will take over the struggling district as its first state superintendent. N.J. Gov. Chris Christie announced Rouhanifard’s appointment this morning during a press conference at H.B. Wilson Elementary School in Camden. The choice signals the direction that Christie and N.J. schools chief Christopher Cerf are planning for the 14,000-student, 30-school district near Philadelphia that Christie has called "a human catastrophe." Since announcing in March that they planned to make Camden the fourth urban district under their authority, officials have overhauled staff, curriculum, and other resources in the district and flooded it with people with experience in education and management. “Paymon has a proven track record of improving the lives of hundreds of thousands of students in Newark and New York City, and brings innovative leadership that Camden needs moving forward," Christie said in a statement. "Under his leadership, I know Camden’s schools will improve on the progress of these last few months.”
December 13, 2011
To one panel, unions are both moribund and living obstacles
Chris Cerf, Evan Stone and Seth Andrew at a Manhattan Institute panel this morning. Even though he received 6,000 applications to fill 60 teacher positions last years, charter school operator Seth Andrew said he still has trouble hiring the right people for the job. Andrew, who runs four Democracy Prep Charter Schools in Harlem said even the promise of a $65,000 starting salary – 50 percent above that of a city teacher's – did not attract the kind of teaching talent he wants for his schools. The reason, he said this morning, was that state laws — he called them "barriers" — require most prospective teachers to earn an education degree before they can to teach in a classroom. He said those degrees did not assure that a teacher would be effective, echoing an argument frequently made by advocates of non-traditional teacher training programs. "It doesn't matter how you enter the classroom," Andrew said. Andrew was one of four panelists at a breakfast sponsored by the Manhattan Institute, a conservative think tank, that was held to celebrate the release of "Teachers Matter," a new book authored by senior fellow Marcus Winters. Ex-Schools Chancellor Joel Klein delivered a keynote address lauding the role school choice plays in school reform.
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