Payne Speaks Out Against One Newark Plan

Sep 17, 2014 Issues: Education, Local Issues
Payne Speaks Out Against One Newark Plan

Newark, N.J. – Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) took to the House floor to speak out against Newark Public School System’s “One Newark” plan.  He calls the opening of the school year a debacle and says he is deeply troubled by actions that ignore efforts to strengthen traditional public schools and fail to address plans for students with disabilities. Watch the video here.

“Mr. Speaker, I rise today because I am concerned about Newark Public School’s “One Newark Plan,” which picks winners and losers among schools and students,” said Rep. Payne, Jr.

“Earlier this year, I sent a letter to the Superintendent of the Newark Public Schools, Cami Anderson. Although I commend the vision of that plan, I am still deeply troubled by its actions which ignore efforts to strengthen traditional public schools.  Further, I question whether One Newark will truly help realize this vision for all students in the Newark Public School system, especially children with disabilities.

“Mr. Speaker, I sent that letter in February. More than five months later I have yet to receive a single response,” Payne continued. 

“The people I represent are very upset over the lack of answers and the complete disregard for their concerns, and they have a right to be upset. The opening of the Newark Public Schools this year was a debacle.  There have been protests, and there will continue to be until the voices of the people are heard.  We are talking about the future of Newark, the future of our district, and the future of our state, and the children that we love.”