Newark’s War Zone

You would think after reading the title of this post, that I was referring to the crime rate in the City of Newark.  Well, yes I am.  But not in the way that you think.

What I have been told about this week is crime that is worse than the street crime that plague’s all different areas of our country.  I am talking about the crime of a person with authority abusing that authority in such a manner that one cannot help but to wonder how she is being allowed to get away with it.

It all started in the beginning of December, I started hearing rumors about Chris Cerf, New Jersey Commissioner of Education possibly resigning soon.  This week the rumors have increased.

 Fast forward to this week…
Cami Anderson was with Christie at the SOTS address.  Is she being considered for the position?  Three theories.  1) Yes, to continue strong-arm educational reform policy   2) Yes, to make the real candidate acceptable to the people because she is a monster     3)  To allow Christie to come in and “save Newark”.
Some recent history…
Right before the holidays Newark announced their One Newark Enrollment Plan.  Paving the way for charter schools to infiltrate the district and create segregation within Newark.
Parents started having meetings, petitions were created, neighborhood canvassing has been done to keep the communities informed…
Last week, the Superintendent of Newark City Schools, Cami Anderson had a meeting with one of the 9th grade classes.  She did not allow parents, staff or administration to come into the room.  The cops were called on 4 elderly woman by the assistant vice-principal, Tiffany Hardrick.  This person will possibly be facing an investigation stemming from her previous employment from a school district in Louisiana.
Last night I get a message that a community meeting at Ivy Hill School was cancelled by Cami Anderson.  When she was asked why…her response was. “Because I can”
Then I get messages that the president of the PTA was banned from the building and there are false accusations of him pushing the assistant Superintendent.
This morning I find out that four principles are suspended pending an investigation because they spoke out about the school closings at a community meeting at a church the other night.
Additionally, another principal has been suspended because she voiced her support of the PTA president.
This woman needs to be exposed as another extension of Christie’s top-down bullying tactics.  If it was not for Christie’s bullying manner the people that work for him would not feel that they would be allowed to get away with these behaviors.  It has even been theorized that #bridgegate may also have ties to Fort Lee’s recent opposition to school reforms.
To further show how deep crime runs in the city of Newark,,, Cami Anderson was once an executive director of Teach for America, a tool that is being used to assist the movement to privatize education.
I have this information direct from teachers in the district as well as one of the union leaders.  These teachers are terrified to speak out now for fear of losing their jobs.

As a society, we must ask ourselves one important question.  What type of society have we become where such behavior is condoned?  Or yet, even applauded???  How can a person be allowed to wreak so much havoc on other people’s lives?  Who is she to say that it is in the city’s best interest?  Where are the people that should really be standing and protesting this direct attack upon these communities??? Why is there little media coverage of this?



10 responses to “Newark’s War Zone”

  1. mcsmith84 says :

    Not to mention that the State’s oversight of the Newark community’s schools is an attack on democracy and a civil rights violation.

    • lovelightba says :

      I hinted about that with the question “Where are the people that should really be standing and protesting this direct attack upon these communities???” We could use some real civil right’s activists here.

  2. Rajsh says :

    Al Sharpton could generate the media frenzy this deserves.

  3. Bob Braun says :

    Hope you’ll read the comprehensive story about the suspension of five Newark principals at

    • lovelightba says :

      Thank you for your usual spot–on reporting of this! My initial posting was to get the story out there, but you have done us justice with your comprehensive coverage.

  4. Martin Schulman PhD says :

    I agree that Sharpton is the wrong person to be involved. He will make it about him and the issue will be lost.We are dealing with not only the erosion of liberties but the ending of public involvement in education. The idea is to enhance the qualities of the public schools and not reestablish a two tiered educational system,where separate and unequal are brought back as the norm.

    • Ophelia says :

      reversion back to a two-tiered educational system would be better than what is happening-albeit slowly. The elimination of public schools for working folks is on the table for the corporate reformers. We are an expendable people and a tax on their profit. First they will bleed public schools and then eliminate them.

      • patrickwalsh says :

        I agree with Kindergarteninterlude, someone like Sharpton is that last person you need in this situation, Besides which, Sharpton is for sale and has been purchased by the reformers. The PTA must do something to raise attention — stop traffic or some such stunt. Something the press cannot ignore.

      • lovelightba says :

        Good Idea. I know there are demonstrations occuring this week.

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