Two decades after seizing control of the school system in Newark, New Jersey was expected to return the 40,000-student district to local control this week.
Gov. Chris Christie said that the state board of education was to vote this week to make it official.
The state took over the district in the mid-1990s, citing years of mismanagement, chronically low test scores, and crumbling infrastructure. Christie said the city’s schools have come a long way and cited the $100 million donation to Newark for education made in 2010 by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
A version of this article appeared in the September 13, 2017 edition of Education Week as New Jersey Set to Return Control of Public Schools to Newark