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Newark’s Lead Contamination “Unsurprising” to NYTimes… Despite their Persistent Support for “Reform”

March 20, 2016

Today’s NYTimes editorial decries the “poisoned” drinking water in Newark Schools, describing it as “…shocking but, sadly, not surprising given the neglect of public schools, especially those in poor communities, by Congress and state governments.” 

Sadly, but not surprisingly, the Times calls out past governors, superintendents for this situation but overlooks its own failure to editorialize for increased support for the infrastructure of the schools. Instead of focussing on the obvious and self-evident problems of children attending public schools in Newark and the trauma associated with poverty the Times championed millions of dollars diverted to for-profit charters who offered narrowed curricula that focussed on testing and screening out those neediest children. Instead of focussing on the deplorable condition of the public schools in Newark they focussed on the adverse impact of negotiated agreements of unions. The problem of dilapidated infrastructure was hidden in plain sight… and overlooked for two decades by the state, by the various contractors hired to manage Newark Schools, and the newspapers who took these conditions as a “given”.

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