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Newark State Takeover Hearing, June 4

June 3, 2013

Update on 18 YEARS of State control in Newark Public Schools 

The next step in the legal effort to challenge State control of the Newark public schools is scheduled to take place Tuesday, June 4 at Veterans Courthouse, 50 West Market Street, 11th Floor, Newark at 9:30am.*

An appellate Court is scheduled to hear legal arguments from attorneys representing Commissioner of Education Chris Cerf, who has blocked efforts to return local control to the district, and attorneys representing the Newark Advisory Board and community members seeking to restore local governance. Education Law Center represents the Coalition for Effective Newark Public Schools in the litigation, and attorney Gregory Stewart represents the Advisory Board.

The Advisory Board and community members contend the Commissioner violated the State “takeover” law by failing to withdraw from governance and several other areas after the district received high marks on a required three-year State monitoring review in July 2011.

Commissioner Cerf refused to restore local control and ordered a new monitoring review which resulted in lower scores. The Commissioner also sought to have the legal challenge to the takeover dismissed.

However, the Appellate Court denied the State’s motion and ordered the State to address the substance of the claims raised in the challenge and provide legal justification for Commissioner Cerf’s decision not to restore partial local authority in response to the 2011 scores.

The hearing will be in the next step in the long effort to end the State takeover which began in 1995.

(* Note the start time for the hearing is subject to change by the Court.)

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