Dispelling Five ‘Falsehoods’ About Newark’s School System
Having served as New Jersey's Commissioner of Education from 2011 to 2014, I have had an inside view into efforts to improve Newark's struggling school system. Superintendent Cami Anderson'sgoes a long way toward countering the narrative of failure that has taken hold about the Newark school reform effort. Between a and Mayor Baraka's astonishingly inaccurate "New York Times" op-ed, however, the blogosphere has reached a verdict that the tumult in Newark signals a lack of success and that more effective "community engagement" might have yielded a better outcome. This assessment of the work in Newark is incorrect in virtually every respect.
Here are five falsehoods worthy of dispelling: