Newark Museum Is Now the Newark Museum of Art

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THE NEW YORK TIMES

Nov. 6, 2019

 

Shakespeare might be right that “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” but the leaders of New Jersey’s largest museum felt that changing its name was an important part of shaping its identity. The Newark Museum announced on Wednesday that it would now be known as the Newark Museum of Art.

Linda Harrison, the museum’s chief executive and director, explained that the decision to change its name was driven by both practical and philosophical considerations. Surveys conducted by the museum revealed that a large portion of its prospective audience was confused about what type of museum the Newark Museum was. “The data really helped drive home that we want to be clear and have people be clear about what we are and what they can expect,” she said in an interview.

Among the 110-year-old museum’s most significant holdings are its collection of Tibetan art, considered to be one of the most significant in the Western Hemisphere, and its collection of American art, which includes work from the colonial era and the 19th century Hudson River School of painting as well as modern pieces by Edward HopperGeorgia O’Keeffe and others.

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Nonprofit Coalition Commits to Raising Newark Voter Registration by 10% in 2020

Nineteen Newark-based nonprofits committed to registering a collective 4,100 unregistered Newark voters at Tuesday's Close the Gap campaign kickoff.
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NEWARK, NJ — Among municipalities throughout Essex County and the state, Newark historically suffers from a woeful record of voter participation.

A coalition of 19 nonprofits is leading the charge to close the voter registration gap by 10 percent by March 2020, signaling a renewed sense of urgency ahead of the next national election. 

Led by the Project Ready, an organization dedicated to strengthening Newark’s civic action through community education campaigns and initiatives, the coalition launched its Close the Gap campaign on Tuesday, coinciding with local and statewide elections. 

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Questions Remain as Newark District and Charters Work to Reapprove School Application System

PATRICK WALL, CHALKBEAT | OCTOBER 30, 2019 

NJ Spotlight

Newark Schools Supt. Roger León says he’s looking to “move forward.”

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With application season for the next school year quickly approaching, Newark’s district and charter school leaders are racing to resolve their differences over the city’s shared enrollment system.

The two sides have been hammering out changes to an agreement that specifies how the district will operate the computerized system that lets families use a single application to apply to traditional schools and participating charter schools. The Newark school board had been slated to vote on the agreement, which must be approved annually, earlier this month but postponed the vote until this week.

Superintendent Roger León said his team needed more time to address the concerns charter leaders had raised about the enrollment agreement. He promised to reconvene representatives from both sides soon to discuss any disagreements.

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‘When They See You, They See Themselves’: Newark’s Male Teachers of Color

DEVNA BOSE, CHALKBEAT | OCTOBER 25, 2019

NJ Spotlight

(Left to right): Rilwan Adeniran, James Mathis, Lamar Washington, Isaac Abankwa

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Even in Newark, where some 90% of students are black or Hispanic, male educators of color make up just 13% of the district’s teaching force.

“We cannot stand for that, we cannot stand for that,” a group of teachers, all men of color, were prompted to chant as they gathered last Friday for a happy hour at the TRYP Hotel in downtown Newark. They numbered more than 100 and had come representing local traditional, charter, and independent schools.

Across the country, about 20% of teachers are people of color, and black men make up a mere 2% of U.S. teachers. In Newark, that percentage is slightly higher, around 8%, but Roger León — Newark Public Schools’ first Latino superintendent, who was at the gathering — acknowledged that there’s much more work to do.

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Housing advocacy group challenges changes to Newark’s rent control ordinance

Posted Oct 17, 2019

Newark council members recently repealed a portion of an ordinance that allowed them to hear appeals of rent control decisions, drawing criticism and a lawsuit from a housing group.

A Newark official says the council wasn’t equipped to make such rulings.

Homes for All Newark said 1,800 signatures were collected to initiate the council to vote on the 2017 amendment that gave renters and landlords the option to appeal rent control decisions either before the Superior Court or the council. Before the council approved the measure about two years ago, rent control decisions could only be appealed in court.

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Newark Schools Are Short Dozens of Teachers, Leading to Bigger Classes, More Substitutes

PATRICK WALL, CHALKBEAT | OCTOBER 18, 2019

NJ Spotlight

Despite a district campaign to staff up schools before classes started, more than half of Newark schools were still short at least one teacher nearly a month into the school year, according to district data. In some cases, that has left students with substitute teachers and crowded classrooms.

Thirty-five district schools had a total of 105 unfilled teaching positions last month, according to a count of teacher vacancies on Sept. 24, which was obtained through a public records request.

The schools averaged three teacher vacancies, the data showed. However, five schools had at least twice that many openings, and one — Barringer High School — had 17 missing teachers.

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In Newark, Cultures Clash Over Whose Day is Columbus Day

The Christopher Columbus statue in Newark's Washington Park.
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Not long ago, Christopher Columbus was honored in Newark with a parade along the North Ward's Bloomfield Avenue that drew many Italian-Americans. 

The parade ended in 2000 and now, Columbus has been relegated to the dust bin of history, at least in Newark.

Through an 2017 executive order that received little attention at the time, Mayor Ras Baraka recognized Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Newark on the second Monday of October. Newark was the first New Jersey municipality to recognize the day, followed by Princeton this year. About 60 other municipalities around America also recognize the second Monday of October as Indigenous People's Day. 

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Newark historian: Let sculpture by famous artist, KKK member remain

Posted Oct 09, 2019

By Elizabeth Del Tufo

Gutzon Borglum, the sculptor of Mount Rushmore, also made The Wars of America monument, which sits in Newark's Military Park. Elizabeth Del Tufo says the statue should remain despite Borglum's membership in the KKK.

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I’m a long time Newark resident and a passionate promoter of Newark. In 1976, I started giving tours of Newark and have added to the tours a Newark power point presentation “Newark through the Ages,” which I have presented to libraries, senior groups, and college students. In my hundreds of bus tours and in my Newark narrative, the statues of Gutzon Borglum, who sculpted Mount Rushmore, play a prominent role.

They play that role because they are magnificent works of art and on looking at them we are led to further revelations and isn’t that what art is supposed to do? Make you think of what the artists is saying? So I was dismayed to see the article in The Star-Ledger/NJ.com about the controversy involving Mr. Borglum’s statue in Military Park.

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Additional ID's of Lead Service Lines in East Ward Infuriates Councilman

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Nearly Two-Thirds of Newark Voters Approve of Charter Schools, Poll Shows

Most Newark voters agreed that charter schools are “an important part of the public school landscape in Newark.”
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On the national stage, charter schools remain deeply divisive. But in Newark, where more than one in three students attend charters, a majority of voters support the schools, according to a new poll.

By a two-to-one margin, respondents said they agreed with the statement that “public charter schools are an important part of the public school landscape in Newark,” according to an online poll of 516 registered Newark voters conducted in early September. Specifically, 63% of respondents agreed, 27% disagreed, and 10% said they were unsure.

The poll was conducted by the firm Change Research and commissioned by the New Jersey Children’s Foundation, a Newark-based nonprofit that supports charter schools and promotes district-charter cooperation.

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