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.

Baraka released an Oct. 1 letter he sent to Obama, asking the President to intervene in the “disruptive and illegal education reforms” taking place in the school district.

The school district responded but did not immediately comment. The New Jersey Department of Education did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

“Under the One Newark Plan State Superintendent Anderson is utilizing reforms that lack a a research base and that violate numerous federal, state and district policies”, Baraka wrote.


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