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NEWARK SCHOOL VOTE: Tricks, lies, and videotape

Where decisions are made for, but not by, the people of Newark

All you really need to know about the Newark school board election Tuesday can be found on some videotape clips.

The first was recorded at a cocktail reception at the North End Bar April 3, held to raise money for school board member–and candidate for reelection– Tave Padilla.

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CHARTERS: NJ press–finally–smells rot, but proposes reforms that continue racist policy

Deseret Segura, 16, comforts her grandmother, Deseret Richardson, 83. The older woman was weeping because her granddaughter would be transferred to a school far from home they shared because of the so-called “One Newark” enrollment plan. It was designed by Christie administration to ensure charter school enrollment growth. It continues today despite promises by Mayor Ras Baraka to end it. ( 2014 Photo by Bob Braun)
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Newark votes: Can public schools survive charter growth?

“Children over Politics” candidates Leah Owens, Saafir Jenkins and Denise Cole–they want public schools to be the choice.

Newark voters go to the polls April 16 but the real question they face in the school board election isn’t printed on the ballot. It’s a question that’s brutal, clear and stark–a question that, maybe, no one wants to face:

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EXITING NEWARK: Strange happenings as state loses control of the schools. Part One.

Christopher Cerf and friend

Just days before the New Jersey state school board voted to end state control of the Newark schools in 2017, local administrators appointed by former Republican Gov. Chris Christie pushed through a contract awarding nearly $200,000 to a consulting firm with ties to state officials who ran the district. It was just one of a number of commitments the system’s former state masters imposed on the struggling, financially strapped district.

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LIFE AND DEATH OF A PHOTOJOURNALIST: Goodbye, Jim Pathe

Jim Pathe

Jim Pathe, a veteran photojournalist who worked for decades at The Star-Ledger, has died.  He was 83 and succumbed to thyroid cancer on Jan. 13.

Pathe, a Navy veteran who joined the submarine service, came late to mainstream journalism. He had worked in construction, built lobster boats, served as coordinator and spokesman for an organization of veterans who opposed the Vietnam War.

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LADY LIBERTY: Why is Murphy covering up Christie’s $10 million loan to failing charter school?

Lady Liberty Academy Charter School

The New Jersey state education department has refused to release public documents that might  shed light on former Gov. Chris Christie’s loan of $10 million in state funds to a failing Newark charter school and its partner, a private, for-profit real estate developer that was receiving more than $800,000 in public funds as annual rent from the school.
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HOW NJ BOOSTS PROFITS FOR CHARTER SCHOOL DEVELOPERS

Lady Liberty Academy Charter School

The collapse of Newark’s Lady Liberty Academy Charter School hurt  the nearly 500 inner-city children who attended the privately-run, publicly-funded school–but the debacle also exposed a reckless  financing scheme used by former Gov. Chris Christie to help political allies in the charter school movement.
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Memorial Day: It’s about not forgetting, even 50 years later

Dick Riley

Before New Jersey bought the property in Union as the site for Newark State Teachers College, the land was a farm owned by the Kean family. The Keans were from South Carolina but, in the 18th Century, one of them married a Livingston– Livingston, as in Robert Livingston, the first governor of New Jersey.  All of that is unimportant except for this: I met Dickie Riley on what we called Kean’s Farm and he became my friend. He was my friend until he was killed in a helicopter crash in Vietnam  50 years ago. October 24, 1968.
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Newark schools: An illusion of local control, an illusion of democracy, an illusion of reform

Johnnie Lattner–an independent Newark school board candidate

The Newark school board election is scheduled for tomorrow–but the results already are already  in. Two winners: Ras Baraka, the city’s mayor. And the other winner–Christopher Cerf , the charter school champion,  Chris Christie pal, and former city schools superintendent and state education commissioner whose snake oil consulting show continues to play–and pay–in Newark.
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