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ERIC Number: EJ1008893
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun-5
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
N.J. Preparing to Seize Control of Fourth District
Zubrzycki, Jaclyn
Education Week, v32 n33 p1, 27 Jun 2013
Nearly 25 years after New Jersey first took control of a troubled school district, a proposed state takeover of the Camden public schools sheds a critical spotlight on that state's long--and still mostly unsuccessful--record of trying to right struggling districts through such intervention. The state began running the public schools in Jersey City in 1989; in Paterson in 1991; and in Newark, the state's largest district, in 1995. Though the situation is different in each district, it is widely agreed that the academic performance in the state-run districts has not improved notably after years of state control. The department says its plans for Camden and its approach to running the state-controlled districts in general will be more effective than those of past administrations. "It's not just about who is in charge--it's about what you do with that power," says, Justin Barra, the chief policy and external-affairs officer at the state education department.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey