In search of diverse educators, Newark will prepare students to become district teachers

Patrick Wall, Chalkbeat

Newark Public Schools is looking for a new crop of talented, diverse teachers — and it’s turning to its high school classrooms to find them.

The district on Tuesday announced plans to embed a new academy inside the city’s largest high school, where teenagers will take college-level education courses and practice teaching in local classrooms.…

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State’s most comprehensive teacher academy launches in Newark

NJBiz Staff

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, Newark Public Schools Superintendent Roger León, Montclair State University President Susan Cole, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, Newark Teachers Union President John Abeigon, legislators, educators, and students took the first step toward creating a pipeline to educate, train and prepare future teachers – and to diversify the teacher workforce – with the launch of Newark Public Schools Teacher Education Academy on Tuesday.…

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Students Who Attend This Newark High School Could Soon Graduate As Substitute Teachers

Rebecca Panico, TapIntoNewark

NEWARK, NJ – Newark Public Schools Superintendent Roger Leon is guaranteeing full-time teaching jobs to East Side High School students who begin their journey to become teachers at a new academy that prepares students to become educators.

The promise would apply to students who complete the new Teacher Education Academy at East Side High School and go onto to graduate with a teaching degree from Montclair State University.…

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We don’t have enough black and Spanish teachers. This will change that, district says.

Barry Carter, NJ Advance Media for

Michelle Pena has known since kindergarten that she wanted to be a teacher, even though she didn’t have many, if any, who shared her Hispanic heritage as she moved throughout the Newark school district.

A senior at East Side High School, Pena, 18, is still set on working in the classroom, and being a role model for kids, whom she said rarely get to see a teacher that looks like them.…

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With local control, new hope in Newark schools

After 22 years of failed, state-imposed “education reform,” the Newark, N.J., community finally has local control of their schools. “We make the decisions in our house,” said Newark Mayor Ras Baraka at a City Hall event celebrating the return of democratic process to Newark public education in 2017-18. “We don’t need anybody to run us, to govern us, to tell us what to do.”…

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After 21 years, local control poised to return to Newark schools next fall

By Jessica Mazzola, NJ Advance Media for

NEWARK — Complete local control of the Newark schools should be fully restored by the 2017-18 school year, according to a report released Monday afternoon by the Newark Education Success Board — the 9-member panel co-created by Gov. Chris Christie and Mayor Ras Baraka last year to help guide the transition back to local control.

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Will Cerf bring new game plan or old lessons to Newark?

By Adam Clark, NJ Advance Media for

NEWARK — Chris Cerf, next in line to become state-appointed superintendent of Newark Public Schools, has been a history teacher, a White House attorney and the CEO of a global technology company.

But his record as state education commissioner and his support for outgoing Newark Superintendent Cami Anderson is what Newark school officials said both surprises and concerns them about the state’s selection.…

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Baraka asks for Newark superintendent’s resignation — again

By Naomi Nix, NJ Advance Media for

NEWARK — After Newark superintendent Cami Anderson’s contentious meeting with state lawmakers last week, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka is once again calling for her resignation.

Baraka released a Jan. 12 letter he sent to Anderson, asking the state-appointed superintendent to resign because of her “blatant disregard” for the Newark community she serves.…

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Vocal critic of Newark school reorganization plans to seek reelection to school board

By Naomi Nix, NJ Advance Media for

Five months away from the Newark Public Schools Advisory board election, Marques-Aquil Lewis says he plans to seek a third term on the board.

If elected, Lewis, 27, said he would continue to be a vocal critic of Superintendent Cami Anderson’s controversial reorganization plan, One Newark.

“I was considering walking away,” Lewis said.…

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Baraka calls for state intervention at Barringer schools

By Naomi Nix | NJ Advance Media for

NEWARK — Newark mayor Ras Baraka released a letter today that he sent to Acting Education Commissioner David Hespe asking for state intervention into what he called “intolerable conditions” at the Barringer academies.

In a letter dated Nov. 19, 2014, Baraka said students were suffering from a host of issues including lacking textbooks, overcrowded classes and classes on core subjects taught by uncertified teachers.…

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Newark Mayor Continues Push to Wrest Back Reins of City’s Schools

By John Mooney

Hosting weekend gathering of various stakeholders is part of broader political strategy addressing issue he doesn’t control

He has virtually no say over what happens in his city’s public schools, but Newark Mayor Ras Baraka has been talking a lot about education lately.

The latest example was the “Newark Community Education Convention” held over two days this weekend.…

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Ras Baraka sends letter to President Obama criticizing ‘One Newark’ school overhaul

By Naomi Nix,  NJ Advance Media for

NEWARK — Newark mayor Ras Baraka has not been shy about his opposition to Newark Public Schools controversial reorganization.

Baraka has participated in rallies, held disparaging press conferences and even called for Superintendent Cami Anderson’s resignation.

Now, the newly-minted mayor is appealing to another authority: President Barack Obama.

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Newark parents and clergy rally at City Hall against Superintendent Cami Anderson

By Peggy McGlone/The Star-Ledger

NEWARK — Despite Friday’s announcement that state officials had renewed Newark Superintendent Cami Anderson’s contract, parents, ministers and community leaders held another rally at City Hall Monday to call for her ouster and the halt of her One Newark plan.

Speaking on behalf of the city’s “concerned clergy,” Pastor Mamie Bridgeforth of the Faith Christian Center Church repeated the criticism that the community’s opinions and views were not included in the planning process and as a result, they had no confidence in Anderson.…

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