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N.J. Officials Loosen Grip on State-Controlled District

By Corey Mitchell — October 13, 2015 1 min read

The New Jersey board of education has voted unanimously to return more control of Jersey City’s public school system to the local school board after more than a quarter-century of state oversight.

Personnel and operations departments will go back to the local board, which previously regained control of school governance and finance.

The state board also agreed to form a working group to determine how to return authority over the remaining area—instruction and programming—to the 29,000-student district.

The state seized control of Jersey City schools in 1989, citing “total educational failure.” It later took over the Newark and Paterson schools for similar failures.

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A version of this article appeared in the October 14, 2015 edition of Education Week as N.J. Officials Loosen Grip on State-Controlled District

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