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New Jersey Returns Partial Control of Schools to Districts

June 5, 2014

The New Jersey State Board of Education voted to return partial control of their districts to the school boards in Newark and Paterson, two districts under state control.

At its monthly meeting in Trenton yesterday, the board voted to return financial management to Newark, which has been under state control since 1995. That gives the Newark School Advisory Board two of five areas of control, since the state returned the control over operations to the board in 2007.

"There’s been substantial improvement, it has occurred over time, and lastly and very important, we believe the district has the capacity to sustain this into the future," Acting Education Commissioner David Hespe said before the vote on the Newark resolution.

New Jersey’s law governing the state’s takeover of a district, known as Quality Single Accountability Continuum, requires districts to earn scores of 80 percent or higher in five areas: instruction and program, personnel, fiscal management, operations and governance.

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