District-wide choice program to be key component of plan to improve 9th-through-12th grade academics

By John Mooney
A year after concentrating her focus on the district’s elementary schools, Newark Superintendent Cami Anderson is focusing attention this coming year on improving the district’s large comprehensive high schools.

Newark Superintendent of Schools, Cami Anderson.
Newark Superintendent of Schools, Cami Anderson.
And unlike the school closures of a year ago that roiled the community, Anderson’s remedy for the high schools will be in largely opening them up, with a new district-wide choice program that actually will add schools.
There are some closures planned — this time of two very small elementary schools, including one for special-education students — and those proposals have already sparked some debate.
Yet, so far at least, it is nothing compared to the controversial closures and overhauls of last year and even what was speculated for this year.


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