The Plight of Students in Newark’s Public School System

Urban public schools, and Newark’s in particular, are in dire need of reform. Without change, they will continue to provide sub-par educations to our children. I know this because I was born in Newark and during my middle-school years my father, Carl Sharif, served as the President of the Newark Board of Education. Things were so bad even back then that he refused to let me attend Weequahic High School. I tested into a Science High School (Magnet School), and it changed my life.

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