Program and Instruction Committee Chair belongs to Board Member Leah Owens!
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Recently, Board Member Leah Owens was removed from her position as Chair of Program and Instruction by Board President Marques Lewis. Please understand that Board Member Owens is the only Board Member who is certified as an Educator and qualified to serve as a Principal in Newark Public Schools. As the Chair of Program and Instruction committee and the qualifications she possess, Board Member Owens can effectively lead the committee in providing process guidance, standards and oversight of the curriculum approval process. In addition, Board Member Owens can effectively and efficiently lead the committee to consider matters related to PreK-12 curriculum and instruction by supporting the district’s efforts in strengthening student academic achievement and attendance by making recommendations to the Board/District regarding requirements for graduation, general education, and learning objectives.
More specifically, File Code 9130 Committees of the Board By-Laws prohibits the Board President from selecting a board member to chair a committee. We urge the Newark Public School Advisory Board President to follow policy and demonstrate effective leadership by allowing the committee members to decide who they want to serve as chair to their individual committee.
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