Cashing in on Kids

Newark residents make legal bid to stop controversial school reorganization plan

While about 350 students were attending their first day of charter school, parents, residents, union officials and community advocates gathered outside to unveil their latest effort to derail the Newark school district’s controversial reorganization.

Holding an inch-thick document over his head, an attorney, Robert Pickett, described the complaint he filed against the Newark School District on behalf of 25 residents that seeks to temporarily halt a plan that consolidates and relocates about a quarter of the schools in the 36,000-student district.

Pickett said the complaint has three core arguments: The reorganization, known as One Newark, violates the law governing the transition of a district school into a charter school, and its system of enrollment is illegal because it allows the schools superintendent, Camie Anderson to assign students to different schools.

Finally, the complaint charges that the plan violates the New Jersey constitution, which prohibits racial segregation in public schools.

"This is a historic day," Pickett said. "We are calling on New Jersey to live by its constitution."


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