NEWARK - Parents of students at Newark's 13th Avenue Elementary School are protesting the merger of two schools into one building.

The city made the decision to close the Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School and turn it into the North Star Charter School. Many parents were unaware that their children were not enrolled in the new school.

Students from Martin Luther King elementary are now being sent to 13th Avenue, raising the student body from 500 to 1,200. Parents say the kids are suffering because there is a lack of qualified special education teachers. Nearly 40 percent of the students have special needs.

Parents insist they will continue to protest the merger until an adequate and qualified staff of teachers is hired.