Newark officials headed to D.C. for education talks

Newark political and community leaders are heading to Washington, D.C. this week to meet with officials from the U.S. Department of Education.

Newark officials are heading to Washington D.C. to discuss concerns with Department of Education.

Newark officials are heading to Washington D.C. to discuss concerns with Department of Education. (3/3/15)

NEWARK - Newark political and community leaders are heading to Washington, D.C. this week to meet with officials from the U.S. Department of Education.

The meeting will address concerns they have about Newark Schools Superintendent Cami Anderson and the One Newark reorganization plan. 

State Sen. Ron Rice and Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, along with other state and local officials, have for months been critical of the state-appointed superintendent and what they say is her unwillingness to work with city leaders on One Newark.

They held a media event Tuesday to discuss what the meeting in Washington will entail. 

Rice and Baraka say their delegation will demand the federal government conduct an investigation into Anderson’s plans. They also would like a criminal investigation into the closing and selling of school district property that they say violates the law.

"Whatever we have to do. If we have to go to the White House 800 times we'll do that,” says Mayor Baraka.  “If we have to go to the State House 800 times, or we have to do whatever we need to do locally that many times, we'll do those things."

Rep. Donald Payne's office says he is helping set up the meeting between Newark officials and senior members of the Education Department, but Education Secretary Arne Duncan will not attend.

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