Jersey City set to regain full local control of school district from state in 2016


The city of Jersey City will regain full control of their school district, which has been managed by the state Department of Education since 1989, in early 2016, Mayor Steven Fulop announced.

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By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Along with Superintendent of Schools Marcia Lyles, Fulop attended a state Department of Education hearing this morning to “formally accept the local control of both the ‘operations’ and ‘personnel/HR’ of Jersey City public schools,” Fulop said in a statement.

Fulop also noted that “curriculum/instructions,” the final portion of Jersey City schools under state control, is expected to be given back to the city by early spring of next year.

As councilman, Fulop publicly supported several successful board of education slates between 2010 and 2012, leading to Lyles getting installed as superintendent in April 2012 (though Fulop publicly backed a ticket in 2013 as well, via The Jersey Journal).

In a prepared statement, Lyles called the latest news about the school district “an affirmation of everything we’ve been working towards for the past several years.”

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