High school principal starts petition blasting ‘One Newark’ plan

By Dan Ivers, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

NEWARK — A petition by the principal of Central High School has been gaining steam online after claiming the district is deliberately overenrolling special needs students in a “blatant” effort to cause the school to fail.

The petition apparently started by Sharnee Brown, addressed to Superintendent Cami Anderson and Assistant Superintendent Brad Haggerty, has garnered more than 750 signatures since appearing on MoveOn.org on Saturday.

It alleges that Anderson is guilty of “gross mismanagement”, particularly in consistently assigning special needs students to Central despite the school’s inability to accommodate them. Approximately 29 percent of freshmen sent to enter the school in the fall have special needs — a figure it claims is nearly twice the district-wide percentage.