Newark schools open but some boycott

Organizers say they expect 1,000 Newark families to keep their children out of the city’s public schools in a boycott over changes in the district.

Classes began in New Jersey’s largest city Thursday amid frustration over the quality of education available and also the solutions the superintendent is trying.

Superintendent Cami Anderson greeted children Thursday morning as they flowed into Peshine Avenue School.

Meanwhile, several parents and caregivers expressed frustration about a new system that they say forced them to travel across the city and put children in the same families in different schools.

Anderson says about the same percentage of students is traveling more than a mile to school as last year. She also says a similar number of families are being broken up.

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