Student Walk-Out Today in Support of their School: East Side HS in Newark

Before New Jersey breaks out in Bridgegate news …

What: Student Walk-Out

Where: East Side HSl, 238 Van Buren St, Newark

When: Noon today

Why: Students protesting planned dramatic restructuring of their school

I just want to give a shout-out to the students at East Side High School in Newark. They will conduct a walk-out protest today at noon, less than an hour from now. The students are rejecting Superintendent Cami Anderson’s designation of their school as a “turnaround school.”

Cami Anderson, hand-picked thy Gov. Christie to run dismantle Newark’s public education is a classic example of, When everybody tells you you’re drunk, it’s time to sit down.  

There is considerable revulsion in the city against Anderson, who has demonstrated disrespect for students, parents and school communities, and whose ‘One Newark’ reorganization plan is evidence of her sloppiness and disorganization. Mayor Ras Baraka, an educator himself, wants her gone. And there are increasingly tough questions coming at her from Rep. Donald Payne Jr, who once defended her. This is the second such protest by students at East Side. They have considerable community support – from community leaders and organizations, the Alliance for Newark Public Schools and Newark Teachers Union, who have voiced opposition to the “turnaround” and “renew” school models as they have consistently failed to produce better academic results in the district. An analysis of eight Renew schools between 2011 and 2014 by the Alliance for Newark Public Schools using state data found test scores of those schools actually declined over that period. Back-up support for the student action today is coming from Newark Students Union and NJ Communities United.

Additional schools targeted with that designation by Cami include Weequahic HS and the following elementary schools: Ivy Hill, Mckinley, Hawthorne, George Washington Carver, Elliot and Miller.  

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