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Probe Finds Many Newark Educators Lack Proper Certification

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The Newark public-school system is checking the certification records of more than 200 of its professional employees after a recent state review raised questions about their credentials.

The certification check was ordered by Elena J. Scambio, the Essex County school superintendent who monitors the Newark school system for the state.

Ms. Scambio directed the district--one of nine troubled school systems in New Jersey facing a possible state takeover--to fire or reassign educators found to be teaching a subject or grade level for which they are not certified, a spokesman said.

By last week, the district had4checked the records of 80 of the educators in question and found that 42 were properly certified and 32 were not, according to Joseph S. White, a district spokesman.

He said district officials were still reviewing the credentials of the other employees.--br

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