State Votes To Return Newark Public Schools To Full Control

Jul 1, 2020

File Photo: Newark Public Schools Superintendent Roger Léon and Mayor Ras Baraka appear on WBGO's Newark Today broadcast Sept. 2019
Credit Newark Public Schools

The New Jersey State Board of Education has voted to return full local control to the Newark School District. Governor Phil Murphy made the announcement Wednesday, calling it a historic day for Newark

The State removed the authority of the Newark Board of Education on July 5, 1995, as the district struggled for years with academic and management issues.

The State Board determined three years ago, that Newark Public Schools had made sustained progress in key areas, and in 2018 after months of protest led by students and residents and the city's Mayor, Ras Baraka, implemented a two-year transition plan.

In a statement schools Superintendent Roger Léon says  "We have learned from the past, are preparing for a promising future, and are committed to working tirelessly to provide a first-class education for all of the children of the City of Newark.”