After more than 20 years, state takeover of Newark schools is over

NEWARK — A new chapter is beginning for the state’s largest public school system. 

The state Board of Education voted Wednesday to end its takeover of the Newark school district and begin the transition to return control to the locally-elected school board after 22 years.

“Today it ends,” said Sen. Teresa Ruiz, D-Essex. “And local control returns. And what does that mean? It means a lot of work.”

The move comes after decades of fierce battles with the state and boiling frustrations among Newarkers who had little leverage over their schools.

Key in the power shift: The local school board will now have the ability to hire and fire …read more

Source: Essex

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