Baraka Calls On State To Intervene In Newark School Enrollment Problems

By Julie Daurio, WBGO News
Newark. August 22, 2014

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Mayor Ras Baraka at Newark City Hall calling on Christie and Superintendent Anderson to intervene in the state-run district.

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka is calling on Governor Christie to come to Newark and intervene as hundreds of parents are still struggling to enroll their children in the city’s schools.

Mayor Baraka says over six hundred frustrated parents waited for hours at the registration center on Thursday to find out where their children will be going to school when classes start in less than two weeks. Many were turned away and told to return on Friday. Hundreds of students still haven't been placed in a school.

Baraka says that Governor Christie and Superintendent Cami Anderson need to take responsibility for the chaotic situation they’ve created by implementing the open enrollment plan.

“I’ve tried over and over again to play nice, but this is not a nice situation. And it is time for us to express our outrage in this and to speak up on behalf of the parents and children in this city who are obviously being mistreated.”

Baraka says he will meet with Education Commissioner David Hespe and Superintendent Anderson next week. He says his main concern is what will happen on the first day of school.


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