NEWARK — The Environmental Protection Agency will be assisting the state in its continuing probe into elevated levels of lead found in the drinking water at 30 Newark public school buildings, an EPA spokesman confirmed Thursday. “The New Jersey (Department of Environmental Protection) has requested EPA’s assistance,” spokesman John Martin said Thursday. The lead levels reported… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: March 10th, 2016 | Author: admin | Filed under: EPA, New Jersey, Newark, News, NJ Department of Environmental Protection | Tags: DEP, Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, Lead in water, New Jersey, Newark, Newark schools, news, NJ Department of Environmental Protection | Comments Off on Feds pitching in: EPA, DEP addressing lead levels at Newark schools
NEWARK — Thirty school district buildings in Newark are temporarily using alternative water sources after recent testing found elevated levels of lead in the schools’ drinking water, Department of Environmental Protection officials announced Wednesday. According to the announcement, Newark Public Schools notified the DEP on Monday that 30 buildings recorded elevated levels during annual testing that… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: March 9th, 2016 | Author: admin | Filed under: New Jersey, Newark, News | Tags: DEP, Lead in water, New Jersey, Newark schools | Comments Off on Elevated lead levels found in Newark schools’ drinking water
By Art Gallagher
During a conference call with the media after taping the Oprah show on Friday Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Governor Chris Christie and facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg each committed themselves to transforming Newark’s school system into and symblol of educational excellence that will become an example for the rest of the country.
Booker declared, “Failure is no longer an option,” for Newark’s school children. He pledged that he was putting everything on the line, including his career, to create a school system based on accountability and results that will give Newark’s children a educational foundation for success.
Christie said that he was committed to each child in Newark receiving a world class education and that the current results of the Newark school system are unacceptable. He said the three men came together,” because of our belief that education is a civil right and our absolute commitment to each other that we are going overcome whatever obstacles get put in our path to be able to provide a better and brighter day for the children for the City of Newark and hopefully by example, for children who are being failed by their school systems across America.”
Zuckerberg said he was interested in shining “a really bright spotlight on Newark, to make it an educational hotspot for education across the nation that people can look to see what is possilble.”
The initial response from New Jersey’s political and educational establishments has been petty and cynical. From Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver to Education Law Center’s David Sciarra to Newark Teachers Union President Joseph Del Grasso to Senator Richard Codey, the defenders of the status quo reveal their self interest and that of their constituencies to continue to profit from a failed system that costs New Jersey residents obscene amounts of money and costs Newark’s children their future.
The Republican establishment is complicit with the defenders of the status quo by their silence. Since Christie’s inauguration in January my inbox has been filled with press releases from Republican leaders voicing their support of each of the Governor’s bold initiatives. Since word of this initiative leaked out last week….nothing.
The biggest obstacle that Booker and Christie will face in transforming Newark’s school system is cynical resignation. Things in Newark have been so bad for so long that we really believe nothing will make a difference. That is why nothing does.
If you live in New Jersey the condidtion of Newark and its school system impacts your life, past, present and future. Suburan bliss may numb the pain, except on the days your property taxes are due.
If Booker, Christie and Zuckerberg fail in their project to transform Newark’s schools, we all fail.Posted: September 27th, 2010 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Chris Christie, Cory Booker, Education, Newark | Tags: Chris Christie, Cory Booker, David Sciarra, Joseph Del Grasso, Mark Zuckerberg, Newark, Newark schools, Sheilia Oliver | 1 Comment »