The Future of Urban Education Part 1
In Part 1 of this series, The Future of Urban Education, Steve Adubato moderates a panel discussion addressing the unique challenges facing urban schools. This panel examines the transition from state to local control in Newark, the challenges that urban students face, the roles of non-profit corporations and how they positively impact public education.
Sarah Keh, Director of Corporate Giving at Prudential Financial;
Dr. Marcia Lyles, Superintendent of Jersey City Public Schools;
A. Robert Gregory, Deputy Superintendent, Newark Public Schools;
Michele Adubato, Chief Executive Officer of The North Ward Center;
Mayor Ras J. Baraka, City of Newark, NJ;
Christopher Cerf, Former Superintendent of Newark Public Schools;
Michele Mason, Executive Director of the Newark Charter School Fund;
State Senator M. Teresa Ruiz (D) - NJ, Assistant Majority Leader and Chairwoman of the Senate Education Committee;
Dr. Benjamin Justice, Professor for the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University
"Hi, I'm Steve Adubato. It is my honor, my pleasure, to welcome all of you. This is a forum that we are taping on the Future of Urban Education, focused largely in the City of Newark, where we happen to be right now. But this program is relevant for those of you who care about the children, the students, in urban school districts in this state, in New Jersey, and across the region where we're seen in multiple states, and across this nation. We're at the North Ward Center in Newark, New Jersey, a community based not-for-profit organization. We have gathered a group of folks together who care deeply about this issue. It is my honor and my pleasure to introduce nine very distinguished panelists right now. We're pleased to welcome Sarah Keh, Director of Corporate Giving at Prudential Financial, Michele Adubato, Chief Executive Officer of the North Ward Center, Robert Gregory, Deputy Superintendent of the Newark Public Schools. We're pleased to welcome, from Jersey City, Doctor Marcia Lyles, who is Superintendent of the Jersey City Public Schools, the mayor of the great City of Newark, Brick City, Mayor Ras Baraka, Chris Cerf, Superintendent of the Newark Public Schools, also previously the Commissioner of Education in the state, Michele Mason, Executive Director of the Newark Charter School Fund, State Senator Teresa Ruiz, who is the Chairperson of the Senate Education Committee, and the Assistant Majority Leader in the State Senate, and finally, Doctor Benjamin Justice, Professor of the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University. I want to thank all of you for joining us to be part of this historic and important conversation. Mayor, let me start with you. Right now, as we speak, in the City of Newark, a transition is taking place from 20 plus years of the state being in control, if you will, of the Newark Public Schools, to what is called local control. Why is that so important? Well I think it gives us a level of momentum that we have been, you know..."