Parents report long lines, frustration with Newark school enrollment

Hundreds of parents say frustration is mounting as

Hundreds of parents say frustration is mounting as they try to enroll their students in the new "One Newark" school program. (Credit: News 12 New Jersey)

NEWARK - Hundreds of parents say frustration is mounting as they try to enroll their students in the new "One Newark" school program.

The program was initially designed to help involve parents in the process of deciding where their kids go to school. 

Newark's superintendent has put controversial reforms in place intended to give families more options for where their children go to school. 

Statement from the Newark Public Schools on enrollment

Parents argue that the school assignments aren't ideal. More than 600 families showed up today at a Newark enrollment center on West Kinney Street despite being asked to sign kids up online.

The hours ticked by and some parents left even more upset. "Can't even register for school in the city of Newark," says Darren Martin, who arrived at 7:30 a.m. and waited only to find out his daughter was on a waiting list. 

A message on the school district's website says "the enrollment center is open, but experiencing extremely high volumes." The district is strongly encouraging families to wait until next week to visit the center. It will be open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.

 

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