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

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

  Photo by Stephen Nessen/WNYC She thought of herself as an ordinary mother of four, one who did what she could…

The life and death of Newark’s Eighteenth Avenue School

After more than 130 years in Newark’s Central Ward, the Eighteenth Avenue School didn’t open its doors to new and returning students yesterday. Photo by Amanda Murphy …

Can handpicked teachers turn around an underperforming school?

NEWARK, N.J. — It was a fight to the finish, but Erskine Glover can honestly say he’s happy with the team of teachers who will be instructing his students this fall.…

A Newark school prepares—again—to reinvent itself

NEWARK, N.J.—Erskine Glover has interviewed for his job as principal of Quitman Street Community School three times in the past two years—undergoing a total of 15 hours of questioning.…

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