EDUCATION

Michael Hill and Steve Adubato Discuss “Newark at a Crossroads” Special

NJTV News Correspondent Michael Hill and Steve Adubato discuss the series Newark at a Crossroads with Anchor Mary Alice Williams.

The pair discussed the issues within the city, the progress of projects and the status of the Newark Public Schools and the One Newark Plan.

Adubato said the direction and future of Newark is not clear. He said that so much is going on within the city, but that problems still exist.

“There is so much going on in the city,” Adubato said. “But the crime issue, the education problems, the tension between police and the community, the economic development activities, as Michael well knows, there’s a lot of promise but there are a whole lot of projects that are half way through and you don’t know what’s going to happen with them. And a lot of those investors are wondering, well what about the education situation? What about the crime situation? So people are not all the way in but way more invested than they were just a few years ago.”

Hill said that one of the things he found interesting in Adubato’s interview with Newark Public Schools Superintendent Chris Cerf was about the perception of things and the two narratives with the school district — progress and failure.

“He simply said, ‘look you can have whatever opinion you want but you don’t get to choose the set of facts.” said Hill.

Newark at a Crossroads airs Monday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. on NJTV.

Related: “Newark at a Crossroads” Looks at the State of Newark Public Schools, One Newark Plan and Zuckerberg’s Donation