This excellent post got torpedoed by the Hoboken developments of this weekend. What's going on in Newark is incredible. Thanks, Momotombo, for this post. Bob Braun is posting here later on Newark, too. – Promoted by Rosi
The outcry since the announcement of the One Newark Plan has been steadily building with community meetings, protests, and press. Cami Anderson's pronouncement yesterday that five principals would be suspended ratcheted up outrage to a new level. For good reason.
But outrage is not enough. It is time we put our outrage into action.
Many people around New Jersey, and thanks to social media around the country, are just getting wind of what has been a long term pattern of dictatorial leadership by Superintenedent Cami Anderson. She was annointed by Commissioner Cerf to run the public schools of Newark, but instead is on a path of privatizing them.
But please realize this is not new for Newark. State control has been the norm for 18 years and all the state has demonstrated is a commitment to ignoring the voices of the people of Newark and running the schools into the ground. The state has failed to improve the educational condition of Newark Public Schools. They have failed to earn, or for that matter even try to earn, the respect of the people of Newark. So what is happening now is outrageous and unacceptable but far from new, unexpected, or surprising.
So what are we going to do about it?
Let's talk about it. Jump below the fold with me.