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ERIC Number: EJ763342
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1539-9664
Home Is Where the Heart Is: Can Cory Booker Save Newark's Schools?
Skinner, David
Education Next, v6 n4 p23-29 Fall 2006
Newark, New Jersey, once called "The Worst American City," is a city that has lost 36 percent of its population since 1930 (from 442,000 to 280,000) and is now more than half black and nearly 40 percent poor. It is a city, reported the "New York Times," where "budgeting is a Rube Goldberg morass with a deficit looming," and where the school system, the state's largest, with 43,000 students, was so bad that it was taken over by the state more than a decade ago. Today the schools are still a mess, with 70 percent of 11th graders and 65 percent of 8th graders unable to pass the state's math tests. This is the Newark that Cory Booker says needs more policing, more comprehensive child-welfare policies, school vouchers, and more charter schools. Booker defeated state senator Ronald Rice and two other candidates in the city's mayoralty race by a healthy margin. He now has the opportunity--some might call it the unenviable task--of effecting education overhaul in one of America's most troubled and beleaguered cities. This article describes the efforts of Newark mayor Cory Booker to reform the city's public education system. Booker may not be as liberal as some educators in Newark hope, nor as conservative as others fear. He is an explicitly religious, anti-bureaucracy politician who, when asked for his position on affirmative action, says, "there is still a place for it." Now that he is mayor, he begins the arduous task of making his wish list of education reforms a reality. Should he have even moderate success, it seems likely he will be in line to become a national figure representing the new generation of black leadership in America, a leadership that does not abandon race matters altogether, but seems less angry than previous generations and more in tune with the America of Tiger Woods, Barack Obama, and Oprah Winfrey. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 11; Grade 3; Grade 8
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey