Newark schools superintendent Cami Anderson stepping down amid protests

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NEWARK — After a controversial tenure,  Newark Public Schools Superintendent Cami Anderson announced  Mondayshe'll be stepping down in July. The announcement comes as welcome news to many parents and students who have protested Anderson's administration for months.

The resignation follows more than a dozen protests, walkouts, and sit-ins by students which spilled over to the Newark schools district office.  New Jersey education Commissioner David Hespe touted Anderson's accomplishments over the last four years; highlighting a contract with the teachers union, increased support for schools, and the "One Newark" program.

But the controversial removal of community schools as a result of the program may have been the final nail in the coffin for the embattled superintendent.  The "One Newark" programmed drew criticism from groups like the Newark Student Union and NJ Communities United leading to protests, student walkouts, and several sit-ins at the district office.  Administrators also claimed that Anderson packed special needs students into schools without the necessary resources.

Senator M. Teresa Ruiz, chair of the Senate Education Committee issued this statement:

“It’s been a troubling and difficult last several years under Cami Anderson for families, students and faculty. Her departure is long overdue. I look forward to working with the mayor, the governor and the Newark community to stabilize the district and to create the most optimal learning environment for our children."

Former state education Commissioner Chris Cerf is reportedly the frontrunner to replace Anderson. Any appointment would first have to be approved by the State Board of Education.

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