$100M for Newark school construction waits for approval

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Days after a massive school reorganization plan was met with biting criticism from the community, Newark Superintendent Cami Anderson announced the state had committed $100 million to repair the district’s dilapidated buildings.

It was a piece of good news for the superintendent, who is facing strong opposition to her school reorganization plan, and represented the state’s continued investment in New Jersey’s largest school district. Anderson described the money as a "key first step" to helping the district to bring its buildings up to 21st century standards.

The release failed to mention, however, that $30 million of the $100 million cited had been authorized last year. The remaining nearly $70 million represented a wish list of projects the state has not yet approved, according to the Schools Development Authority.

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