Newark parent leader arrested, jailed, after criticizing state plan to close schools.

Daryn Martin at the front door of Ivy Hill--now he has been arrested
Daryn Martin at the front door of Ivy Hill–now he has been arrested

A parent leader who criticized the “One Newark” plan pushed by state school superintendent Cami Anderson was arrested yesterday  on charges he assaulted a central office administrator. Daryn Martin, president of the Parent Teacher Organization at the Ivy Hill School, was charged with “aggravated assault” but released on his own recognizance. If convicted, he faces three to five years in jail.

Cami Anderson must resign!

Reckless incompetence. The NPS notice about schools today.
Reckless incompetence. The NPS notice about schools today.

Cami Anderson, appointed by Gov. Chris Christie three years ago to run the Newark schools, should resign immediately because she represents a danger to the children and employees of New Jersey’s largest city. More than a week ago, she kept the schools open in Newark when all the schools in Essex and neighboring counties were closed–including Newark charter schools. Today, she did not order the schools closed until many children and employees were on their way or already in school. Most charter schools were closed by 7 a.m.

Closing Newark schools is illegal because Anderson didn’t comply with law, legal experts say

Christie and Anderson: Ooops. Photo by Steve  Sandberg/1010 news
Christie and Anderson: Ooops.
Photo by Steve Sandberg/1010 news

The controversial plan by the Christie administration to close, transfer to charters, or otherwise “repurpose” nearly half of the city’s public schools is illegal and must stop, according to the Education Law Center (ELC). The scheme, dubbed “One Newark,” has sparked widespread demonstrations and open hostility among city residents directed against state-appointed superintendent Cami Anderson.

Alan Zegas: The lawyer who could bring Christie down.

David Wildstein, left, confers with lawyer Alan Zegas. Photo by zimbio.com
David Wildstein, left, confers with lawyer Alan Zegas. Photo by zimbio.com

He might be the man who brings down a governor: Alan Zegas, the lawyer for Bridgegate operative David Wildstein.  Not because Zegas is political, because Zegas  is not.  Not because Zegas wants to expose and dethrone the naked emperor, because that is not the way Zegas operates.  Personally and professionally, Zegas is the anti-Christie—a modest,  principled, highly intelligent, hard-working, decent man.  But his target isn’t Christie.  His target is the best deal for his client, no matter what the consequences for the governor. And that could mean Wildstein’s testimony against his old pal from high school.