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

Erskine Glover wants to see Quitman in demand like Newark’s top charter schools. (Amanda Brown / NJ Spotlight)

How technology helped deliver a taste of victory to a struggling Newark School

Erskine Glover wants to see Quitman in demand like Newark’s top charter schools. Photo: Amanda Brown / NJ Spotlight When Sara Neufeld wrote in The…

In the Quitman gym, students look at the new books they received as a reward for the school’s academic progress. (Amanda Brown / NJ Spotlight)

Dedicated teachers can’t provide the whole answer, says Newark’s mayor

It takes a lot more to disentangle a child from poverty’s barriers

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

Does anyone have the answers on school turnarounds?

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

To land on her feet in cheerleading stunts, Nydresha must work hard while relying on her teammates. (Amanda Brown / NJ Spotlight) NEWARK, N.J. –– Nydresha is…

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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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