"But the influx of money, and the attendant national spotlight, has galvanized a growing movement of parents, educators and elected officials who want the schools returned to local control 16 years after they were taken overamid low test scores, crumbling buildings and charges of mismanagement.
These critics say that the state has unilaterally imposed a controversial agenda — replacing principals, opening new schools, placing charter schools inside district buildings — dreamed up by outsiders and consultants who do not understand the needs of their children, and that there is not enough opportunity for input by parents and community-based advocates."
Monday, December 12, 2011
STATE TAKEOVERS: COMMUNITIES FIGHTING BACK
The state took over Newark schools in 1995, but with an influx of money, some parents and officials have begun to seek more local control.
Posted by Bret Gustafson at 12:48 PM