Activists, union ramp up push against Newark school district’s ‘turnaround’ program

By Naomi Nix, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

NEWARK — Newark activists and unions are gearing up for another push against Newark Public Schools’ reform strategy.

On Friday, the Newark Students Union and NJ Communities United are working with students at East Side High School to organize a “walk-out” at noon in protest of the district’s decision to put the school through its turnaround program.

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Meanwhile, the Newark Teachers Union said its members will start taking “job action” next week. Teachers will start holding “informational picket lines” at the beginning and end of each school day and signing in and out of the school at the same time, said John Abeigon, director of the union’s operations.

Last Tuesday, union leadership met with the building representatives to discuss the job actions, said Abeigon.

“The teachers…have had enough,” Abeigon said. “Like everything else you hope for 100 percent participation.”

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