NEWARK - Parents, teachers, and administrators came together today against the cutbacks aimed at closing the Newark School District's $75 million budget gap.

The school district has said that nearly 400 positions could be eliminated, including 150 teaching jobs, and several schools could be shut down and replaced with charter schools as a result of the budget crisis.

Parents are concerned the charter schools will have limited spots and their children will be forced to attend school elsewhere.

Today marked the first meeting of the Coalition For Effective Newark Public Schools. Leaders say nearly 100 people attended and they hope to influence the school district and Newark advisory board, which is expected to vote to approve a balanced budget April 8.