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Visit Discovery

Visit Discovery

Students achieve through an unconventional approach at Discovery, one of Newark’s oldest charters.

Go Inside KIPP

Go Inside KIPP

Newark’s RISE Academy is part of KIPP, the country’s largest network of charter schools.

A Tale of Two Charters

A Tale of Two Charters

In Newark, N.J., two different charter schools are competing for students and resources, prompting many to question how we should shape the charter school landscape.

Find a Newark Charter School

Find a Newark Charter School

There are presently 18 charter schools in Newark, N.J. The KIPP-affiliated TEAM network of charter schools and the Uncommon Schools-affiliated North Star network of charter schools currently dominate the city’s charter school landscape.
View Newark’s Charter Schools in a larger map

One Less Bell To Answer

One Less Bell To Answer

It’s been four years since the New York State Legislature authorized the State Comptroller to audit all public schools, including charter schools.
And almost two years since the charter schools began their constitutional challenge to that legislation.
Now, the charter schools have an answer.  Sort of.
Yes, the New York Court of Appeals said, the charter schools were [...]

Get What You Need

Get What You Need

NEWARK, N.J. - When the Newark Charter School Fund was announced in April 2008, it certainly created a splash.  True, Newark schools had been getting increased attention with the election of its young, Ivy-educated mayor, Cory Booker. Several Newark schools had been commended on their own merits.
But the creation of the fund placed Newark squarely on [...]

A How-To on Managing the Message

Before I came to Columbia J-School and to News21, I worked in public relations for international corporate and political clients. So I was interested to see how some schools in the charter school movement use corporate and political image management strategies to sell, promote, and protect their brands in the new public education [...]

Stig Leschly, Call Your Office

Stig Leschly, Call Your Office

What is the Newark Charter School Fund, and why don’t we know?

Welcome to the Renaissance City

Welcome to the Renaissance City

Charter schools rising . . .

First Impressions: RISE

First Impressions: RISE

I confess, before I started the News21 fellowship I had never written an education story, or entered a school as a reporter. The only story remotely close to education I’ve covered was the Police Athletic League’s push this past year to give 16-year-old teenagers elected to New York’s community boards a qualifying vote. And I [...]

Gimme Shelter

Small town America loves a parade. But the sight of an 1865 Victorian lumbering down local streets five years ago was a spectacle unlike any seen by residents of this Jersey shore town.

High Tide in Newark?

If, as they say, a rising tide lifts all boats, Newark, N.J. may soon need a marina.

Money Skews Everything

Money Skews Everything

Money lies at the heart of the battle between charter schools and their public-school counterparts.