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As Newark Prepares to Take Control of Schools, Former Superintendent Looks Back

Marion Bolden, who served as state-appointed super from 1999 to 2008, puts the move in perspective

In 1995, the New Jersey state Board of Education seized control of the Newark public school district, citing rampant mismanagement and cronyism. Now, after more than 20 years of state control, the Board has voted to return the state's largest school district to Newark's control.

In a look back at how the district has changed since the state board first took over, Marion Bolden, who served as the district's state-appointed superintendent from 1999 to 2008, tells WNYC's Richard Hake that handing power back to the city is an important step towards re-empowering the community.

Read the full story on WNYC News, a content partner of NJ Spotlight.

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