A Promise to Renew

A three-year look at a school trying to turn around — and the kids depending on it

Hechinger publishes first e-book, a compilation of award-winning series on Newark school's improvement

Erskine Glover helps a kindergarten student with his writing.

In 2012, a team of reporters set out to chronicle one year at a struggling Newark school striving for a turnaround. Sara Neufeld of The Hechinger Report stayed for three. She was granted extraordinary access to Quitman Street Renew School, witnessing Principal Erskine Glover and his staff tackle one of the hardest jobs in the nation. And she went deep inside the lives of two students, showing their potential and the obstacles to their achieving it.

Her series — which won numerous journalism accolades, including a National Award for Education Reporting from the Education Writers Association three years in a row — is now an e-book, available for a free download here.

PDF version

Epub version

Mobi version

Praise for the “A Promise to Renew” series:

“Incredibly detailed, insightful series on a struggling inner-city Newark school.… Sara Neufeld’s reporting followed a captivating arc.” — Education Writers Association 2014 contest judging

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