Superintendent: One Newark plan will continue, expand

By Naomi Nix | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
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on October 14, 2014

Newark superintendent Cami Anderson told reporters today at the Newark Club, that the district is sticking to its controversial reform plan.

 

NEWARK — Newark Superintendent Cami Anderson said today the school district will continue with its controversial reform strategy.

Speaking before a handful of reporters at The Newark Club this morning, Anderson said the district plans to expand some of the changes made under the One Newark, a reorganization plan that involves expanding charters, relocating some schools and changing school leadership.

"While we have certainly faced our challenges, we are not going to stop," she said. "100 excellent schools. Every single kid. This is our passion. This is our mission."

Anderson said the district plans to include private pre-K providers in its universal enrollment system, a new process the district uses in which parents rank their top choice schools and enter a lottery to be placed in one of them.

But even as it expands the open enrollment process, Anderson said the district seeks to make the student experience at existing charter and public schools more uniform.

Specifically, Anderson said she hopes to make discipline standards at both public and charter schools the same.

"We're also going to steer into some of the more difficult issues with charters like student retention," she said. "You don't (want to) have different schools playing by different rules."

Anderson said the school district has continued its renew strategy that started two years ago, in which the leadership of a school is replaced.

"Two years later, the renew schools are showing some very promising results despite the test getting harder and the state staying flat," she said.

"We have truly transformative leaders at the helm."

Additionally the district expects to expand transportation options for students traveling to schools farther away from home and its adult education offerings, Anderson said.

"We believe the families of our young people deserve to be educated," she said.

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