No time for nostalgia: Cami Anderson’s Newark school reforms should go forward: Editorial

Newark’s student population is only a fraction of its former self — shrinking from 80,000 in 1970 to fewer than 40,000 in public schools today. Yet the number of schools in the city has hardly changed, meaning many buildings sit half-empty.

State-appointed Superintendent Cami Anderson’s new restructuring plan, One Newark, calls for closing many of the district’s failing schools and striking deals with charters to occupy many more. Predictably, her proposal is being met with fierce opposition from parents, teachers and politicians who want the schools kept open.