Newark Schools Chief Hails New Enrollment Strategy’s First-Year Success

WNYC | September 4, 2014 | Education
Relatively few students not assigned to specific schools, most will attend one of top five choices

Credit: Sarah Gonzalez/WNYC
Newark Schools Superintendent Cami Anderson
The debut of the controversial “One Newark” enrollment plan is being hailed as a success by state-appointed Newark Schools Superintendent Cami Anderson.

Fewer than 200 of the city’s 43,000 students had not yet been assigned to a school, said Anderson, the embattled school chief who instituted the enrollment system. In addition, she said, nearly 75 percent of Newark students had been placed at one of their top five schools.

As part of Anderson’s controversial “One Newark” reforms, six city schools were shuttered, “repurposed” or converted to charter schools this year, while another six schools were moved to new locations. The changes affected 3,800 students — and spurred complaints by parents worried about travel time and safety.

Reporter Sarah Gonzalez of WNYC/NJPR public radio, partners of NJ Spotlight, takes a look at how the new enrollment system worked in its first year.

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