NJ Spotlight: Charter School Leases Struck Down in Newark, For Now
“We know who the enemy is, and we must fight to our last breath to save our children and to save Newark public schools,” said Mildred Crump, a city councilwoman who was the first in the audience to speak at the meeting.
“For those of you willing to sell our children for profit, shame on you,” she said.
Despite the councilwoman’s breathless rhetoric, the district advisory board has effectively voted to prevent consolidating absurdly empty schools and to foot the bill to restore dilapidated buildings—an expense that will run into the millions.
I’m for improving Newark’s schools for our children, but this is wrongheaded. Crump is stoking Newarkers’ suspicion of outsiders into paranoia to score political points and maintain her Teacher’s Union support.