By Peggy McGlone/The Star-Ledger

In the first round of the universal enrollment program, Newark parents preferred charter schools for their elementary students, but they favored the district high schools over charters for grades 9 through 12, according to new information from the district.

School officials notified parents earlier this month of the decisions in the universal enrollment program, a key piece of the controversial One Newark school reorganization plan. The universal enrollment program allowed parents to apply to district and charter schools via one application and to select up to eight choices for their children.

The results were uneven. About 45 percent of Newark applicants were matched to their first choice school,12 percent got their second choice, and another 18 percent received their third through eight choices.

But 26 percent of applicants did not get any of the schools they selected.


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