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Who Gets to Control Newark’s Schools?

In Newark last week, high school principal and city councilman Ras Baraka was elected mayor. Tuesday Baraka unveiled his agenda for educational “local control”: a return of the Newark school district to city management, and a total rejection of the school reform policies embraced by his predecessor Cory Booker, Gov. Show More Summary

NEWARK: City Stresses That Real Estate Sale Is Open To Same-Sex Couples

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A curious press release from the city of Newark: Newark, NJ – Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the Newark Municipal Council, and Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Baye Adofo-Wilson announced today that the City of Newark will sell municipally-owned...Show More Summary

Mayor Ras Baraka's office joining local groups demanding Cami Anderson's resignation

In a few minutes, dozens of letters will be hand-delivered to Gov. Chris Christie's Newark office demanding the resignation of Cami Anderson, whose tenure as School Superintendent has been marked by community upset over what is largely...Show More Summary

Newark's Mayor Ras Baraka Proves His Crime-Fighting Powers Early

Since his election, Newark, N.J., Mayor Ras Baraka has tried alternative tactics to combat crime, which he describes as just a small step in cre ating a safer environment for the city's residents and businesses. -- NPR's Code Switch

The Root 100 Member Mayor Ras Baracka Of Newark: From Accepting An Award From His Progressive Colleagues At An Afternoon Ritual Ceremony, Later That Evening Back To Reality - Leading A Discussion On "Stopping The Violence In Newark" At A Community Forum

It Is Important To Look Past "WHO THE ROOT.COM IS PLEASED WITH" And Instead Inspect WHAT THEY ARE AFFIRMING PROGRESSIVISM IS ADVANCED INTO THE INSTITUTIONS OF THE "AMERICANIZED BLACKS" AT THE EXPENSE OF EVIDENCE OF ORGANIC COMPETENCY...Show More Summary

Newark’s Mayor Meets One-on-One With Gangs to Forge Peace

With his first-100-days marker past, Newark, N.J.’s new mayor, Ras Baraka, is trying a variety of actions to keep crime down in his bullet-riddled city. And variety means not just within the range of conventional, public-official thinking:...Show More Summary

(Another) Cautionary Tale for School Reformers

(Another) Cautionary Tale for School Reformers May 15, 2014 Ras Baraka, the winner of this week’s special election for mayor of Newark, New Jersey, staked a big part of his campaign on his opposition to the school-reform effort backed by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Show More Summary

Teen Says Cops Broke Her Arm

The Mayor of Newark has ordered an investigation after a plain-clothes officer broke a teenager’s arm during an attempt to clear a street of school protesters. The protest began when the students blocked the street near the headquarters of the Newark Public School District to protest new policies imposed by the district’s superintendent. A video [...]

AM News: Union Chief Hopes Chicago Follows Newark

CTU President Karen Lewis meets with Newark Mayor WGN-TV: The Chicago Sun-Times reports Chicago Teacher's Union President, Karen Lewis, another possible candidate for mayor, was in Newark, New Jersey over the past few days. She was talking with Newark's mayor, who also had a background in education. Show More Summary

Cory Booker, U.S. senator

On Oct. 31, 2013, Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker became the first African-American U.S. senator representing the state of New Jersey, winning a special election after incumbent Frank Lautenberg died in office. Booker has proven to be...Show More Summary

Ras Baraka, politician, poet, educator and activist 

Ras Baraka first ran for mayor of Newark, N.J., 20 years ago at the tender age of 24, and finally reached the promised land in May with the platform, “If I become mayor, we become mayor.” The former high school principal and councilman...Show More Summary

Weekend News Roundup & Ope Thread for August 23-24, 2014

Christie "town halls:" daytime political events. Ras Baraka town halls: 7pm with on-site child care. Got it? The differences are pretty stark. (Auditor) Also Newark: Bob Braun has some advice for you, Mayor Baraka. You should consider it. Show More Summary

Saving New Jersey's children three zip codes at a time

Cross-posted with Marie Corfield blog. - Promoted by Rosi. Yesterday the mayors of New Jersey's three largest cities, Ras Baraka of Newark, Jose Torres of Paterson and Steven Fulop of Jersey City, announced a bold move to collaborate on reducing violent crime in all three cities. Show More Summary

Georgia Democrats Assemble Their Coalition: Where Do You Fit In?

[guest post by JVW] Eliana Johnson has quickly become one of the best young investigative reporters in the conservative movement. From chronicling the serial exaggerations and fictional buddies of Newark mayor (and now U.S. Senator) Cory Booker to the EPA’s curious (and potentially illegal) use of fake email accounts by fictitious employees to the amazing […]

Chris Christie to mayor: ‘I’m the decider and you have nothing to do with it’

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is consistent — at least when it comes to espousing total  indifference to what Newark residents want for their state-operated public school system. Christie just bragged (see video below) that he told new Newark Mayor Ras Baraka that Baraka’s views on education reform don’t matter a whit — and […]

Chris Christie to mayor: ‘I’m the decider and you have nothing to do with it’

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is consistent — at least when it comes to espousing total  indifference to what Newark residents want for their state-operated public school system. Christie just bragged (see video below) that he told new Newark Mayor Ras Baraka that Baraka’s views on education reform don’t matter a whit — and […]

BLAX NEWS: After 40 Years Of Reading The Marking Hope From Jet Magazine About "Black Power" Over Newark - Today's Black Residents Are Optimistic About Federal Oversight Of Their City Because It Is To Fight Claims Of Racism And There Is No "Emergency Manag

Mayor Baraka Is Open To A Federal Probe Of His Police Department For Charges Of Civil Rights Violations Against Newark Residents Feds To Investigate Charges Of Racism In Newark School Reorganization I Applaud The Leadership Of Our New...Show More Summary

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