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Newark’s post-grad paradox: More students are entering college, but few earn degrees
Just 23 percent of Newark high-school graduates earn a college degree within six years. Officials want to change that.
September 7, 2018
‘I am the children’s superintendent,’ Newark’s new schools chief promises students
Superintendent Roger León spent the first week of school meeting with students and setting sky-high expectations for the year.
September 7, 2018
In victory for teachers union, Newark superintendent scraps longer hours for low-performing schools
Superintendent Roger León is ending a program that tried to revamp struggling schools by extending their hours.
meet the new boss
August 29, 2018
Live on a Jumbotron, Newark’s new superintendent shares his big plans with 7,000 district employees
Superintendent Roger León shared some sobering statistics along with his hugely ambitious goals in his first meeting with all district employees.
August 22, 2018
After weeks of planning, Newark’s new superintendent starts rolling out changes
Superintendent Roger León previewed coming changes to district security protocol and school start times.
August 3, 2018
Forget sit-ins and walkouts. Newark student activists try new tack under local control
The Newark Students Union, which attracted national attention with a four-day sit-in, is shifting its focus from protest to problem-solving.
July 25, 2018
Newark gets new crop of principals, including one for troubled Shabazz high school
East Side, West Side, and Barringer high schools are also getting new leaders, along with several elementary schools.
July 19, 2018
As fate of ‘Newark Enrolls’ is debated, top enrollment officials resign
Gabrielle Ramos-Solomon and Kate Fletcher, who oversaw the district's enrollment system, both resigned shortly after the superintendent tried to oust them.
July 11, 2018
Superintendent León secures leadership team, navigates evolving relationship with board
The school board approved three new assistant superintendents on Tuesday. A divided board had failed to approve them last month.
July 6, 2018
Newark school board releases names of officials forced out by Superintendent León
The district released the names, titles, and salaries of the 31 officials who were forced to resign or face being fired.
July 3, 2018
Newark’s district-charter enrollment system is here to stay, new superintendent said in meeting
Superintendent Roger León told charter-school leaders that he will preserve the controversial system, called Newark Enrolls.
July 2, 2018
Meet Roger León, the homegrown educator charting a new course for Newark schools
León has been a Newark student, teacher, and principal. Now, he takes over as superintendent at a historic moment for the district.
June 27, 2018
Flexing its new authority, Newark school board blocks some staffing changes sought by incoming superintendent
The school board rejected several people that incoming Superintendent Roger León sought to appoint or fire, but it approved others.
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.
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.
June 1, 2018
Students are the ‘heartbeat’ of schools: Newark’s incoming superintendent shares his vision for the district
Roger León, the longtime Newark educator set to become schools chief, praised some charter schools and called past reforms "good work."
'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 25, 2018
Newark board was leaning toward different superintendent candidate before unanimous vote for Roger Leon, source says
Another local candidate, A. Robert Gregory, got the most board backing in an informal poll days before the official vote, according to a source.
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 19, 2018
Newark superintendent finalists make their pitches to the public
The four finalists gave 30-minutes public presentations on Friday, days before the school board will decide whom to hire.
May 14, 2018
Nashville school official is one of four finalists to become Newark’s next superintendent
Sito Narcisse, Metro Nashville Public Schools' chief of schools, will join the three other finalists at a public forum on Friday.
May 8, 2018
Newark superintendent finalists will face the public on May 18
The finalists, whose names have not yet been revealed, will offer their visions for the school system during the public forum.
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.
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