One Newark on the Rise

Friday, 11 September 2015 16:34 Thomas Ellis II



School is now back in session for the 2015-2016 school year, and I have yet to see or hear anyone talking about protesting, rallying, or setting up massive meetings to decry the One Newark Plan anymore

Last year at this time, people was organizing on many fronts to say that the One Newark plan was bad for our school children, and Newark Public Schools Superintendent Cami Anderson had to go.

Well, now she has resigned, and her one-time boss Christopher Cerf has taken over her spot. Since he was appointed as new NPS Superintendent, it has been very quiet. Are the people still mad? Are the parents who were against Cami still fighting for the cause? The chant was "Cami Must Go," but now her boss is in charge. Go figure.

The One Newark Plan may have caused people to take different sides on education here in Newark, but one thing is for sure: more children are enrolled in NPS since the One Newark Plan was rolled out. Even though parents say they were not pleased with the plan, there were plenty of parents who did not complain, and seem to be very happy with the change.

I note that many residents in the City of Newark are supporting Mayor Ras Baraka, and his push for local control. Also, many people were tired of Cami not even bothering to get community feedback before she did anything. Even with that, does this mean that their position against the One Newark Plan been silenced. Is this the end of the protesting and rallies?

The State has control of the Newark schools system, and some feel that the State has failed and that Newark's schools should be run by Newark. That may be a great idea, but if that's the case, then the outcry to do away with State control should not stop or take a break.

Charter schools are being built all over the city, and many people claim to be against them. Despite that, I have found that thousands of Newark children are registered in and attend a number of charter schools throughout Newark. So which one is it? Are people saying they are against charter schools in public, but in private sending their children to charter schools? I can't figure it out.

If you were to ask the people who support the One Newark Plan, they will tell you that the One Newark Plan is on the rise. More parents are pleased with what NPS has been doing, and that they are making a huge difference in education in the city. On the other hand, if you would have been watching what was going on last year with the student sit-ins, thousands of school children standing on the steps of city hall screaming, "Cami Must Go," and the politicians joining forces to say we don't need One Newark or it's plan, you'd be wondering, "What happened?" Because, after all of that, it looks like the One Newark people came out on top.

At the end of the day, the residents, parents, politicians, and others should all be on the same page to make sure that the education of Newark's children is one of the most important things in the city. After all, the children are our future.

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