The election Tuesday of Ras Baraka as Newark’s incoming mayor, a 54-46 win over Shavar Jeffries, was a mandate for the Newark Central High School principal on leave and city councilman who made opposition to Cami Anderson’s disastrous ‘One Newark’ school plan the centerpiece of his campaign. The very unpopular Anderson appears to be putting her efforts into ruining Newark’s public schools to make even more fertile ground for charter school tycoons.
But Baraka’s win also solidified and fueled the community movements that early on put their growing power behind his win.
In a few minutes, Newark students, parents and teachers will rally during the business meeting of Newark Public Schools, and then deliver to the Christie-appointed superintendent, Anderson, an education plan for city schools that was created by the Newark community, instead of imposed on them, a widespread complaint against Anderson’s unpopular formula. The new plan, called the “Newark Promise” was released at a Community Convention this weekend.
What: Rally for the “Newark Promise”
Where: 2 Cedar St, Newark, NJ
When: Tuesday, May 20th, 5:00PM
The plan was created out of a series of ‘Education Town Halls’ called by the Newark Parents Union, Newark Community Coalition Project and other groups. I attended some of those and they were extraordinary open and respectful meetings, in which community members – some of whom had clearly never been asked before – were encouraged to give their input about how they wanted their city’s pubic schools to run. High school students, both current and those recently graduated, were a big part of those conversations.