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2-2-18 Educaiton in the News

NJ Spotlight--Profile: Newark Interim Superintendent Could Be in for the Long Haul

Robert Gregory rises through the school ranks as Newark regains local control

Name: Robert Gregory

Position: Interim Superintendent of Newark Public Schools

Why he matters: Gregory takes the helm of the 36,000-student school district in its first steps of local control, starting yesterday, after 22 years of state operation. A former principal and assistant superintendent in the district, he was named to serve as the interim for the next several months as the newly empowered school board launches a search for a more long-term leader.

Why he really matters: Gregory has not hidden his hope to be that long-term leader, and with his track record and early popularity inside the district, he is clearly a frontrunner for the position to lead the state’s largest — and most attention-grabbing — district.


John Mooney | February 2, 2018


Star Ledger--Newark finally gets control of schools -- What we learned about N.J.'s state takeovers

For the last three years, Newark's school superintendent has been trying to work himself out of a job. 

He's finally succeeded. 

Chris Cerf departed the district Thursday as the last state-appointed superintendent. The exit marks the end of 22 years of state rule: Control of Newark schools has finally returned to the city. 


Karen Yi| Updated Feb 1, 1:34 PM; Posted Feb 1, 9:05 AM


Philadelphia Inquirer--Camden School Superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard: `I love my job.' Will Gov. Murphy keep him?

In his final address, former Gov. Chris Christie gave a parting nod to Camden school chief Paymon Rouhanifard, praising his work as a “dynamic” leader who transformed the state-run district and changed the landscape of public education.

Christie credited Rouhanifard with improving the city’s graduation rate from 49 percent to 70 percent and cutting the dropout rate from 21 percent to 12 percent in five years. Five months after the state took over Camden’s failing schools in 2013, Rouhanifard was tapped as only the fourth outsider to run the district.


Melanie Burney, Staff Writer| Updated: February 1, 2018 — 11:18 AM EST


Washington Post--The one thing Trump said about education policy in State of the Union address

President Trump delivered the State of the Union address in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday. (AFP/Getty Images)

President Trump spoke for one hour, 20 minutes and 31 seconds (including applause) to deliver his first State of the Union address Tuesday night, and spoke directly about education policy very briefly — for one sentence, or two if you want to be charitable.

And he didn’t mention school choice, which is surprising, given that he has said it is his chief educational priority.

This is what Trump said in regard to education policy:

As tax cuts create new jobs, let us invest in workforce development and job training. Let us open great vocational schools so our future workers can learn a craft and realize their full potential.


Valerie Strauss| January 31


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