Newark regaining control of its public schools

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's largest city is regaining control of its public schools after 22 years of state oversight.

The state Board of Education voted Wednesday to return control to Newark. That starts a months-long transition plan to hand over the reins of the district to the locally elected school board.

That came several weeks after state Education Commissioner Kimberly Harrington supported the move following a performance review demonstrated the district has made progress in improving performance.

The state has controlled the city's schools since 1995 because of underperformance. State-appointed superintendents have had veto power over school board decisions.


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