Jersey City Public School District Edges Closer to Full Autonomy from the State

The State Board of Education yesterday announced in a press release that control of operations and personnel has been handed back to local hands. In 1989, Jersey City became the first school district taken over by the state after this ruling that listed, iter alia, the state charges: “State officials charge the Jersey City school district with a recurring pattern of gross deficiencies in the areas of governance and management, educational programs and fiscal practices. Allegedly these problems have produced dire consequences which the State contends have brought the district to the brink of “managerial bankruptcy.”(2) Additional information can be found at: PolitickerNJ; NJ Today;  News 12 New Jersey;  Education Week (with links covering events back to 1988); NJ.comNJTV; and NJ Spotlight. The state still retains control over instructional programs, the last of the five components of the takeover; Mayor Fulop (read his statement here) hopes to have that last piece back locally by Spring 2016.

 

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