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October 9, 2019
High lead levels found in water at seven Newark schools, spurring calls for greater transparency
Elevated levels of lead were found in the water at seven out of 29 Newark schools where tests were conducted since August 2018, according to newly obtained district data.
'things need to change'
September 19, 2019
As León vows improvements, here are 5 issues facing special education in Newark’s schools
Newark schools chief Roger León has promised to make many long-needed changes, but perhaps the biggest promise he’s made is to fix the city’s special education program.
first day of school
Updated September 5, 2019
As schools open with changes this week, Newark students react to new teachers, principals, and school policies
Two rows of cars lined the front entrance of Science Park High School at 2:40 p.m. on Tuesday as parents waited to pick up their children after the first day of school.
August 30, 2019
With little fanfare, Newark board finalizes contract deals for Newark teachers, Roger León
The Newark school board signed off on two contracts with long-term implications this week.
August 26, 2019
After asking state for emergency aid, León says Newark does not face fiscal emergency
Roger León says he’s not worried about the Newark school district’s budget.
August 23, 2019
Roger León has been Newark’s superintendent for 1 year. The board is already considering a contract extension.
One year after hiring Roger León to steer Newark schools as they returned to local control, the city school board is considering extending the superintendent’s contract.
Updated August 6, 2019
León’s staffing shakeup continues: 15 new principals to take the helm of Newark schools
With school starting in less than a month, Newark Public Schools has announced its principal lineup for the year.
July 15, 2019
We read Roger León’s Clarity 2020 plan for Newark’s schools so you don’t have to. Here’s what to expect in the next year.
Roger León’s Clarity 2020 plan for Newark schools has 168 action items. We’ve broken them down so students, parents, and educators can know what to expect.
comings and goings
July 12, 2019
León appoints Newark school district veterans to oversee academics, facilities, and student support
A year after forcing out officials hired by his predecessor, Newark superintendent Roger León is staffing up again — promoting principals and other district veterans.
July 9, 2019
Newark school buildings raised safety concerns. Why haven’t they been fixed?
Many Newark schools need to be renovated or replaced. But with the state providing limited support, the district is grappling with how to fund the repairs.
'I'm the boss'
July 2, 2019
During his first year in charge, Roger León started reshaping Newark’s schools — and promised bigger changes to come
In his first year as superintendent, León started to eliminate policies he didn't like and restore ones he does. Now, residents will start looking for results.
June 27, 2019
Several Newark schools will lose vice principals, get new leaders amid staffing shakeup
At least 35 vice principals are exiting their posts as Superintendent León slims down the corps of school administrators. At least six principals are also departing.
change at the top
June 27, 2019
Nicole T. Johnson, North Ward principal, to become deputy superintendent of Newark schools
Nicole T. Johnson, principal of Newark's Elliott Street School, will replace Gerald Fitzhugh II as the district's deputy superintendent.
'first in flight'
Updated July 1, 2019
New Jersey’s first all-male public school celebrates its first graduating class
The cheers were loud as Samuel Colon’s name was called Wednesday evening to receive his high school diploma.
at the bargaining table
June 21, 2019
With contract about to expire, Newark Teachers Union says new deal with district is ‘very close’
The Newark Teachers Union and the district are negotiating a new contract to replace one that expires this month. Teacher raises and merit pay could be on the line.
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