Newark School Board Candidates Change Tone on Charter Schools

Monday, April 1, 2013

As Newark’s school advisory board candidates hash out their positions in the run-up to the April 16 election, a change in tone has emerged from a slate once known for its opposition to charter schools.

“We should stop the street fighting between charter schools and public schools,” said candidate and interim board member Ariagna Perello. “If a charter school works, guess what? Let’s share best practices.”

Perello, who assumed the seat vacated by Shanique Speight last year, is running on the Children First ticket, a three-candidate slate backed by a coalition of city leaders that, in the past, has been wary of charter schools.

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