A Promise to Renew

In 2012, Newark education officials set out to reform their city’s lowest-performing schools. The Hechinger Report was granted extraordinary access to one of them, Quitman Street Renew School, to chronicle its successes and setbacks. Our ongoing series, which has won numerous journalism awards, goes behind the scenes as Principal Erskine Glover and his staff take on one of the hardest –– and most important –– jobs in the nation. See all our Special Reports

At Quitman Street Renew School in Newark, Principal Erskine Glover faces the ongoing challenge of keeping the right teachers in place.

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At Quitman Street Renew School in Newark, Principal Erskine Glover faces the ongoing challenge of keeping the right teachers in place. Photo: Amanda Brown/NJ Spotlight Forty…

The learning environment at Quitman Street Renew School has improved significantly in Erskine Glover’s time as principal. (Amanda Brown / NJ Spotlight)

A taste of victory, finally, for a struggling Newark school

NEWARK, N.J. — The scene could have come from any school principal’s dream, but there it was before Erskine Glover’s eyes, happening in reality. It was the first day of…

At Newark school striving for turnaround, a 12-year-old’s fragile success

NEWARK, N.J. –– On his 12th birthday, the first Friday in June, D’Andre took the day off from school. It was out of character for the boy, an honor roll…

Surrounded by messy school reform and ‘drama’ on the streets, a Newark girl tries to land on her feet

NEWARK, N.J. –– Nydresha is a small girl with big dreams about Hawaii. In her dreams, the 12-year-old and her mother live in a beach house. There is peace, and…

Hidden successes, public shortfalls and a make-or-break year for one Newark school

NEWARK, N.J. –– Erskine Glover was home recovering from hip replacement surgery last summer when the scores arrived. The principal of Quitman Street Renew School knew based on internal assessments…

A Newark school leader’s urgency to renew

NEWARK—This is what Erskine Glover considers a lazy Wednesday morning: He wakes up at 5 a.m. instead of his usual 4:30, flips the television to SportsCenter on ESPN, and eats…

Perseverance at a Newark school following midyear teacher turnover

NEWARK — The first teacher to go was grieving over the death of a loved one. Those who followed gave reasons more directly tied to frustrations at the school: long…


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Special education expansion brings challenges, hope to Newark school

NEWARK, N.J. — Four boys and four girls sit quietly along a cafeteria bench, focused on their trays of lunch: turkey with gravy and sweet potatoes, and cartons of 1…

‘A blessing in disguise,’ as two schools forge unlikely friendship

NEWARK, N.J. — Two miles separating two schools were far enough that students and parents had never met, yet close enough that they had made up their minds about one…

Newark’s school turnaround strategy changes course

She thought of herself as an ordinary mother of four, one who did what she could to advocate for her kids in Newark public schools. (Photo by Stephen…