Newark Public Schools kicks off celebrity reading program

February 20, 2018

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The district recently kicked off the Celebrity Read program, where celebrity readers travel to local schools and read about model people of color who have played an important role in history.

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Newark, NJ--In an effort to promote reading and literacy throughout the district, Newark Public Schools kicked off the United Way’s Celebrity Read program at First Avenue School.

Interim Superintendent of Newark Public Schools Robert Gregory was joined by Assistant Superintendent Erskine Glover, Principal Jose Fuentes, Essex County Freeholder Robert Mercado and members of the Newark Police Department, among others, to launch the district's participation in the program.

Celebrity Read was established in 1991 by Newark-based United Way of Essex and West Hudson (UWEWH) as a community-building initiative to diversify the United Way volunteer base while advocating for literacy for elementary school students.

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PARCC debate in Newark continues amid calls from Murphy for its dismantling

February 14, 2018

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The debate over PARCC testing in Newark continues amid calls from recently-elected Gov. Phil Murphy to dismantle the test.

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Newark, NJ--Ever since New Jersey began using the PARCC exam in the 2014-15 school year, the state teacher's union and other groups have criticized the the standardized test and called for the state to stop using it to assess student performance.

During the campaign for governor last year, Phil Murphy, who was endorsed by the New Jersey Education Association, promised to ditch the test. Since becoming governor, Murphy has reiterated his support for doing away with Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career tests, though the exact timing remains unclear.

When Murphy announced Asbury Park Superintendent Lamont Repollet as Education Commissioner just a few days before his inauguration, he made his intentions feelings about PARCC clear.

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'The ultimate Scout' led Newark troop for generations

Julio Balde was scoutmaster of Newark Boy Scout Troop 102 until the end.

During his final moments at home in Nutley last week, Balde was talking to himself as if he were still conducting a Boy Scout meeting at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in the Ironbound section of the city.

His daughter, Anita Balde, who lived with and cared for her father, shared his thoughts about Troop 102 as his health was failing. She said she let him talk, even though he had dismantled the group two years ago.

" 'Everybody knows that I haven't been well for a long time now and I'm not going to get any better,' " she said, recalling his words. " 'But we're going to go forward, we're going to keep Troop 102 alive.' "

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Emancipation celebration looks ahead to full local control in the City of Newark

February 12, 2018

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An emancipation celebration on Friday at Newark Symphony Hall looked back on more than two decades under state control and celebrated the return of autonomy to Newark's school district.

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Newark, NJ—The City of Newark, the Alliance for Newark Public Schools and its affiliates, Newark Public Schools board members and employees, the Newark Teachers Union and student and parent organizations came together on Friday for an emancipation celebration on the return of local control to the district and to herald in a new era of independence.

Held at Newark Symphony Hall, the event looked back on the state takeover in 1995 and the ensuing years years under state control, highlighting the efforts of students, parents and teachers in the battle to win back autonomy after 22 years.

In December, the state Education Commissioner approved the transition plan that allows for the Advisory Board to become the official Newark Board of Education and provides the board the full authority and responsibilities afforded to local school boards and includes a detailed timeline and set of milestones to guide the district’s transition over a period of two years.

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Baraka, with Booker, files petitions in Newark for reelection bid

February 9, 2018

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Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and former Mayor and current U.S. Sen. Cory Booker at a rally outside City Hall after Baraka filed petitions to run for re-election-

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NEWARK, NJ—Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, joined by former Newark mayor and current U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), filed his petitions to officially get on the ballot for his 2018 reelection, raining paper on City Hall in a show of incumbent-favored force.

"The people of this city liked me four years ago, and you have shown me that you want more," Baraka said to a crowd of more than 200 supporters, some shouting "Four more years!" as the mayor, with Booker at his side, delivered box upon box of certification petitions inside City Hall before emerging for an outside campaign rally. 

Friday's petition filing effort by Baraka came in at 13,000 petitions according to campaign supporters, far more than the 1,400 petitions required to officially enter the mayoral race. The start of Baraka's first reelection campaign since his 2014 victory was marked by fiery rhetoric delivered by Baraka on a platform stage set up on Green Street around the corner from City Hall. 

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Filthy, dangerous conditions, theft and assault alleged at recently-opened Newark shelter

February 11, 2018

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According to residents, the shelter at 224 Sussex Avenue in Newark’s Central Ward is a place of endless indignities--filthy and unsanitary conditions, rampant theft and sparse and non-nutritive food.

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Newark, NJ—Antoinette Jackson, Sonya Webb and Andrea Eaddy sit in a McDonald’s on a cold winter morning, not far from the homeless shelter they currently call home.

During the day, they count on places like McDonald's to stay warm. They must leave the shelter at 7 a.m. and can only return after 4 p.m., even when temperatures drop below freezing.

When the shelter at 224 Sussex Avenue in Newark's Central Ward opened in December, the women hoped it would live up to the city's promise of providing homeless a warm, safe and happy—if only temporary—haven.

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Chaneyfield Jenkins officially certified as Newark mayoral candidate

February 7, 2018 

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Central Ward Councilwoman Gayle Chaneyfield Jenkins along with her campaign manager, Pablo Fonseca, turns in her petitions to the Newark City Clerk.

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Newark Central Ward Councilwoman Gayle Chaneyfield Jenkins became the first mayoral candidate to be officially certified to be on the ballot for the upcoming 2018 municipal elections, according to her campaign. 

“I’m pleased to announce that as of [Monday, Feb. 5] I am officially certified as a candidate for Mayor of Newark," said Chaneyfield Jenkins. "I want to extend my greatest appreciation to all my supporters and to my slate of candidates. I am committed to continuing my charge as an elected official by serving the people and ensuring that every Newark resident receives the highest quality of services available to them."

Chaneyfield Jenkins submitted "far more than enough" successful petitions in excess of the more than 1,437 petitions needed to get on the ballot, according to campaign manager Pablo Fonseca. She is now in the process of assembling a full nine-person state to take on incumbent Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, who was elected to head New Jersey's largest city in 2014.

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FBI makes surprise visit to Newark Housing Authority

Agents from the FBI Newark Division conducted law enforcement activity at the Newark Housing Authority on Tuesday, an agency spokesperson confirmed.

The spokesperson did not elaborate on the nature of agents' visit to the housing authority's offices on 500 Broad Street, telling NJ Advance Media only that agents were there on "official business."

Victor Cirilo, executive director of the Newark Housing Authority, said he was not aware of the FBI action.

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PROFILE: NEWARK INTERIM SUPERINTENDENT COULD BE IN FOR THE LONG HAUL

JOHN MOONEY | FEBRUARY 2, 2018

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Robert Gregory

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Name: Robert Gregory

Position: Interim Superintendent of Newark Public Schools

Why he matters: Gregory takes the helm of the 36,000-student school district in its first steps of local control, starting yesterday, after 22 years of state operation. A former principal and assistant superintendent in the district, he was named to serve as the interim for the next several months as the newly empowered school board launches a search for a more long-term leader.

Why he really matters: Gregory has not hidden his hope to be that long-term leader, and with his track record and early popularity inside the district, he is clearly a frontrunner for the position to lead the state’s largest — and most attention-grabbing — district.

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Newark woman confronts the man she says molested her as a child

As Iyonah Fard delivered remarks during her cousin's funeral last September, she looked up and saw an awful piece of her past seated in the pews at an Irvington church.

It was her aunt's ex-boyfriend, a man, Fard says, who molested her when she was 6 years old while two cousins and a younger brother slept beside her.

"I choked up," said Fard, now 23, of Newark. "I didn't expect to see this person."

She asked a family member to make the man leave.

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