Making the vision of One Newark a reality has not and will not be easy. We face some undeniable challenges that require us to act boldly in pursuit of our collective commitment to 100 excellent schools in thriving communities.
Excellent schools are the promise, but many – both public charter and district – are seriously under-performing. Despite tremendous past efforts, the number of good, let alone excellent schools is too small.
Families want excellent schools and they are “voting with their feet.” About half of our families are expressing dissatisfaction with NPS and are seeking other options, including charter schools.
When students leave, the funding goes with them. As a result, by school year 2016-2017, 36% ($249M) of NPS’ general fund will go toward charter school payments.
Newark Public Schools must be able to compete with charter schools. This should not lead us to slow the growth of high performing charter schools – it should lead us to advocate for the very conditions that help them succeed.
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