After two decades, state may give Paterson partial control of schools

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Local education officials may soon regain partial control over city schools for the first time in 23 years.

The New Jersey Board of Education is scheduled to vote on a resolution on Wednesday that would give the city’s nine elected school commissioners control over the district’s “operations” – one of five functions defined in the state’s school takeover law.

The resolution would leave the most important functions in the state’s hands, such as the selection of the district’s superintendent and oversight of instruction. But Paterson education advocates say they expect Wednesday’s vote to become the first step in a process that will restore full control to the city school board within several years.

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