Former principal Roger Leon chosen as Newark’s new superintendent

By Patrick Wall, Chalkbeat

Former principal and veteran administrator Roger Leon has been chosen as Newark’s new schools chief — its first since the city regained control of its schools.

In a unanimous vote Tuesday night, the school board chose Leon — a Newark native backed by local elected officials — over two candidates with extensive experience in other large urban districts, but whose outsider status put them at a disadvantage.…

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Newark Teachers Union calls for end to extended-school-day programs, citing contract violations

Patrick Wall, Chalkbeat

The head of the Newark Teachers Union is calling on the district to abolish school-improvement efforts that ask teachers at certain schools to work longer hours in return for extra pay.

About 30 district schools have extended days, which teachers must agree to in writing each year. According to an email that the union president sent to the district’s interim superintendent on Tuesday, some principals pressured teachers to sign those agreements this week before they have had a chance to look for positions at other schools.…

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Chiera Testifies for School Security Session

Nicholas Pugliese, Gannett State House Bureau

Post armed first responders in schools. Upgrade security systems. Improve mental health services. Those were among the recommendations New Jersey lawmakers heard Thursday to improve school security in the wake of the deadly shooting in Parkland, Florida.

That advice was dispensed by school officials, police officers, doctors and others at the first of three joint legislative hearings on the topic this month.…

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Mayor Baraka, Asm. Benson, Commish Asaro-Angelo Recognized

A North Jersey Mayor, a Central Jersey Assemblyman and the new Commissioner of Labor are winners of AFTNJ awards and recognition at the Legislative Conference awards luncheon April 14 in Atlantic City.

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Baraka (left) accepts endorsement from DelGrosso (to his right) in 2014.

Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka is the Joe DelGrosso Friend of Education for bringing together the education community to successfully advocate for local control.…

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