Senate Education Chair M. Teresa Ruiz (D-29) today conveyed her dismay over the condition of the Newark Public Schools in a sitdown with Acting Education Commissioner David Hespe.
Seeking finalization of school assignments for their children under the “One Newark” plan, The Star-Ledger reported that more than 600 parents arrived at the school enrollment center in Newark on Thursday.
But a school registration specialist did not see many parents, according to the report, and others were turned away before gaining access to the building.
“The situation that Newark families are facing is unacceptable,” Ruiz said. “The enrollment center in its first day of operation was an inherent failure. At a time when parents and students should be getting excited and prepared for the new academic school year, they are instead left with frustration, anxiety and confusion. We are now days out from schools opening, and there are still far too many unanswered questions.
“I have met with the state education commissioner to convey the issues that have been brought to my attention and have asked him to examine what can be done to immediately improve the situation,” the senator added. “It is critical that the state and the district ensure that Newark Public Schools is equipped and staffed to meet the needs of all of our families.”