As it looks, the Newark school system is in jeopardy right now. Hundreds of parents, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, and the majority of the City Council - if not all - do not agree with the One Newark Plan. It is a trial and error system, and has not been proven anywhere. I don't have a lot of knowledge about the One Newark Plan, but from what I've heard from parents, organizations, city leaders and city officials, this is the biggest challenge the Newark school system has faced.
Many parents and many students are unhappy with the way it was done. The education system should be cooperative, with each student and parent understanding the process, having confidence in the system, making a smooth transition from one grade to another or from one school to another, knowing the teacher, and knowing the school (building and administration). This way, they can take pride in their school for life.
The problems for families might be very tough. If a parent has 3 children in the system, and if the children are in 3 different schools, then there will be 3 uniforms, 3 sets of administrations to deal with, 3 set of rules from schools, and in case of a family emergency, the parent has to travel to 3 schools to pick them up. In another type of emergency, they have to request a neighbor to pick them up from 3 different places, which is very hard to do. Also, they have to give 3 permission slips to the neighbor, for allowing their children to be excused.
For younger brothers or sisters that may want to see their siblings in the same school, they might not be possible. That may be a psychological problem for the development of a child. Also, older siblings can help to prevent bullying.
If the One Newark plan succeeds, the Newark real estate properties will jump up in price. If it does not succeed, then real estate prices may go down, as buyers usually have a first look at the school system before they decide to move.
I don't' think the committee who made One Newark Plan, have consider many scenarios. This is a trial and error plan. If it works, it works. Officials must have work hard to put the plan in place, but as I heard from the community they have not considered the opinion of the parents and students as well. They have not considered the opinion of the city of Newark, who is paying some part of their fair share to the school system.
The burden will be on the shoulders of Newark's Mayor for the safety of his residents and students. But when it comes to his administration, the council's opinion and his own were not taken into consideration by the Newark Public Schools Superintendent Cami Anderson.
By the way the registration process was done, it seems like they are pushing for charter schools. Also, some of the charter school do not have better grading than the schools have been closed by Anderson.
Communications Director Valerie Merritt left a few months ago, for unknown reasons. There is a vacancy for this position. I don't say that NPS did not follow the required registration process, but the way they did it has made many parents unhappy.
I called the Communications Department of Newark Public Schools requesting: 1. What is the procedure of registration 2. If there is a boycott, then how they will handle the situation 3. Who will be responsible for the safety of the students; the city or the board of education?
What a tragedy. A 9 year old girl shot her instructor by accident while training with a gun called an Uzi in Arizona. The question remains, why are children being training at this early age to use guns? We are quick to criticize when terrorist organizations train young children, but we are doing the same thing here. What purpose is there in the United States to train a 9 year old child to shoot? This should be stopped by the federal government. Stop supporting gun lobbyists.
Have a wonderful week. I'll talk to you next week.