NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Newark has regained some additional local control of its schools, which have been state-run since 1995.
The state Board of Education on Wednesday approved returning control of fiscal management to Newark. It also granted control of operations to Paterson, where schools are also state-operated.
In Newark, that means the advisory school board will regain authority over fiscal operations in the state’s largest district. Newark has had local control of operations since 2007.
Parents in Newark sued after the state refused to return local control in areas where the 40,000-student district had shown success.
State officials say the Newark school district had demonstrated “substantial and sustained” progress in improving fiscal management according to state measures.
Jersey City and Camden school districts are also under state control.