Rebuke of charter schools is seen in Newark election

Monday, May 19, 2014

The election of the new mayor, Ras Baraka, was seen by many as a rebuke of Cory A. Booker, now a senator. In his nearly eight years as mayor, he attracted national attention to Newark, but alienated some who said he failed to work with political leaders or residents to improve the city’s troubled finances and schools.

Mr. Baraka, 44, is to be sworn in on July 1. Newark’s interim mayor, Luis A. Quintana, did not run in the nonpartisan election.

Councilman Ras Baraka celebrated at an election night party in Newark on Tuesday.Newark’s Voters Choose New Mayor and New PathMAY 13, 2014 The new mayor will confront immediate problems: Newark has its highest murder rate in two decades; the state has threatened to take over the city’s troubled finances; and the school system, run by the state for two decades, has been beleaguered by criticism of the superintendent, who was handpicked by Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican.

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