Following a meeting last night of the local School Advisory Board, Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin (D-29) hammered Newark Schools Superintendent Cami Anderson for bowing out of the meetings.
“It shows a total disrespect to the parents and the community,” said Pintor Marin, a former advisory board member.
Pinto Marin said Anderson (pictured) continues to push for a schools overhaul in Newark without taking the time to sell her plan.
Ahead of last night’s meeting, Anderson issued a statement to the school community saying she was done with the meetings.
“We have come to realize that one particular venue—the monthly meetings chaired by NPS’ School Advisory Board (SAB)—are no longer focused on achieving educational outcomes for
children,” she wrote. “The dysfunction displayed within this forum sets a bad example for our children, and it’s no longer a place where meaningful interaction and dialogue occurs between NPS and the public. As a result, Superintendent Anderson and the NPS Leadership team will no longer attend these meetings until the SAB can commit to ensuring a space conducive to open dialogue with the community.
“In light of this decision, NPS will redouble its efforts to ensure the community is informed about One Newark plans and other key initiatives. NPS will continue to create community events and discussions throughout the city and publish the agendas and minutes of these events online and in schools. We will also continue to meet with parent advisory groups and attend student leadership forums to garner feedback.”