Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Boy fell asleep on way to school
A toddler reported missing April 30 was found safe and asleep aboard a school bus later that day, NJ.com reported. The three-year-old boy was supposed to be dropped off at the McKinley School but was instead on board the bus when it returned to the garage of the private company, identified by News 12 as Belair Transport of Orange. The driver and an aide were fired by the company, a Newark School Advisory Board member, Marques Lewis, told Nj.com.
Monday, April 29, 2013
More than 8,000 students submitted entries
Over 8,000 fourth grade students from across New Jersey participated in the 14th-annual Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey/Verizon New Jersey Design a Fourth Grade Folder Contest. On Wednesday, April 24, 30 fourth grade students were recognized for their creative peer-to-peer substance abuse prevention artwork with the theme, “Fun Things To Do Instead Of Doing Drugs.” Rayssa Rezende, a fourth grade student attending Ann Street School, was one of the 30 statewide finalists honored for her outstanding artwork at an awards ceremony held at the Newark Museum. The 2013 grand prize winning entries are Madelyn Weinstein of Woodrow Wilson School in Neptune City and Joseph DiSpirito of Saint Leo the Great School in Lincroft. Weinstein’s and …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Anderson slammed for failing to attend meetings, other issues
The recently reorganized Newark Public School Advisory Board Tuesday unanimously cast a no-confidence vote against state-appointed Superintendent Cami Anderson, Nj.com and other sources reported. "The vote is intended to send a message to the superintendent that we’re not satisfied with her work," board chair Antoinette Baskerville-Richardson was quoted saying. "When we request important information from her, we don’t get it, and she refuses to compromise on her version of reform." The vote is non-binding. The school advisory board cannot select the superintendent or make decisions on most administrative issues while the Newark Public Schools remain under state control. The state took over New Jersey’s largest public school system in 1995…
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Magazine releases its annual list Tuesday
US News & World Report released its list of the nation’s best high schools Tuesday, with four Newark schools being ranked among New Jersey’s and the country’s very top performers. North Star Academy, Science Park, University and Technology were among 54 New Jersey high schools bestowed with a numerical ranking under the magazine’s methodology. North Star was ranked 19th in the state and 253rd nationally; Science Park 35 and 604, respectively; University 49 and 1,633; and Technology was ranked 52 on the list of New Jersey's best high schools and 2,069 among public high schools across the country. Team Academy Charter, American History and Arts were also counted among the nation's "best" schools under the magazine's methodolgy but did not …
Friday, April 19, 2013
Charter for 100 Legacy being pulled less than a year after it opened
Citing problems ranging from financial mismanagement to poor academic instruction, the state Department of Eduction is shutting down a city charter school serving grades 6 to 8 less than a year after it was founded. The charter for the 100 Legacy Academy Charter School is being revoked effective June 28, the state told the school’s board of trustees in an April 11 letter. The school's management can appeal the decision in court. 100 Legacy and other charter schools are an alternate to the traditional public school system, free from some administrative requirements seen in district public schools, thereby permitting innovative methods intended to boost student performance. In Newark and across the state charter schools are part of the …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Vote tally not completed until Wednesday
The three candidates of The Children First Team have all won seats on the Newark School Advisory Board, according to a complete but preliminary tally of votes released Wednesday by the Essex County Clerk’s Office. Results from more than 96 percent of voting districts were released on election night yesterday, but the remainder were not tallied until this morning, according to Essex County Clerk Chris Durkin. Poll workers in a handful of districts failed to turn in electronic cartridges from voting machines last night but did turn in paper tallies from the machines, Durkin said. The vote counts on the cartridges and on paper are identical, he also said. Those paper tallies were counted today and added to the lead already held by Khalil …
Slate of three candidates had comfortable margins over rest of field, but vote count still incomplete this morning
Correction appended April 17 A slate of candidates was leading in a race for the three seats up for election on the Newark School Advisory Board, according to an incomplete tally of preliminary results posted on the Web site of the Essex County Clerk’s Office early Wednesday. With votes from 96.4 percent of districts* counted as of 1 am, the Children First Team -- comprising Khalil Rashidi, Ariagna Perello and Rashon Hasan -- was winning against Philip Seelinger, Sheila Montague and Gerrell Elliott for three-year terms to the board. It was unclear this morning when the vote count would be finished. In the 2012 school elections, vote counts in Newark also remained incomplete until well after polls closed. All votes in Irvington and …
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
View the average SAT scores and median household incomes of more than 20 public high schools in Essex County to see where Newark ranked.
The higher the median income of a school district, the higher the SAT scores in Essex County. The only eight public high schools to meet the state’s average SAT benchmark of 1550 are in school districts where median incomes are at least $88,000, according to the New Jersey School Performance Report. The eight schools’ median incomes are well above the county average of $55,876 and state average of $71,180. All but two of the 19 public high schools in Essex County that did not meet the state SAT benchmark were in communities with a median income below $88,000. West Orange and Cedar Grove were the only high schools in the county with median incomes above $88,000 that failed to meet the state benchmark. The highest average SAT scores came…
Cami Andersen tells NJToday she has no regrets about taking the job.
Tuesday, April 16
Newark Schools Superintendent Cami Anderson said she has no problem with students expressing themselves, referring to a walkout and rally last week to protest deep cuts to the proposed school district budget. Anderson told NJToday that while she supports student leadership, the budget preserves important programs and school-based services. She also talked about the challenges that come with holding Newark schools' top post, specifically the media attention.
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Learning laboratory at Newark Tech will also boast simulated 'situation room'
A groundbreaking is planned this spring for an addition at the Newark Tech High School, featuring an open, flexible and highly adaptable lab to teach technology and act as a new home- base for self-motivated Newark Tech students. The official date of the groundbreaking will be announced in the coming weeks. The architect, Greg Comito of Newark-based Comito Associates, said the new Technology Enhanced Accelerated Learning Center (TEAL) is designed to provide work zones that can be changed to fit various classroom needs with shifting seating, equipment and storage systems. The TEAL Center, he said, will accommodate “think tanks,” individual learning booths and other flexible and varied classroom settings. The new glass pavilion will …