Patrick Wall, Chalkbeat

Patrick Wall


New York, NY, United States

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Recent articles by Patrick:

New roofs, paint, and fire alarms: How Newark will spend $35 million to upgrade its aging schools

The planned repairs range from paint jobs and roof replacements to new fire alarm systems and elevators. → Read More

Newark schools chief plans to expel charter school amid push to expand district

The Newark school district plans to end its lease with one charter school that rents out district space, and is reviewing its other leases with charter schools. → Read More

Group that fueled rapid growth of Newark charter schools winds down, marking end of an era

Since 2008, the Newark Charter School Fund has spent about $55 million promoting charter schools, whose enrollment quadrupled during that period. → Read More

A Newark student dreams of completing college. But first he must survive summer ‘boot camp.’

Yamin Reddick is determined to graduate from college and become Newark's next great leader. But first, he must make it through a summer "boot camp" designed to prepare disadvantaged high school graduates for college. → Read More

Ready or Not: What happens when students from cities with struggling schools head to college?

In a new project, Chalkbeat reporters in Detroit and Newark are following recent high school graduates in their first year of college — a time when when many students fall off track. → Read More

Newark Vocational High School is open again. Its building is still closed.

Newark Vocational High School was poised for a grand reopening this fall inside a renovated building with state-of-the-art facilities. Instead, students have been sent to a temporary site while construction continues. → Read More

During his first year in charge, Roger León started reshaping Newark’s schools — and promised bigger changes to come

In his first year as superintendent, León started to eliminate policies he didn't like and restore ones he does. Now, residents will start looking for results. → Read More

Nicole T. Johnson, North Ward principal, to become deputy superintendent of Newark schools

Nicole T. Johnson, principal of Newark's Elliott Street School, will replace Gerald Fitzhugh II as the district's deputy superintendent. → Read More

Newark families will soon be able to enroll at schools on phones, get enrollment help in their neighborhoods

The district plans to spend nearly $1.3 million to build a new online enrollment system that lets families apply to schools on their phones. The district will also move enrollment support staff from a downtown center into neighborhood schools. → Read More

Newark schools — traditional and charter — have made big gains since 2006, new report shows

Newark’s ranking among other high-poverty districts based on its state test scores has risen significantly since 2006. Its graduation rate has also improved. → Read More

Early data show attendance gains in Newark, amid district push to combat absenteeism

Just over 24 percent of Newark students were chronically absent from September to May, a 5.4 percentage point improvement from that period last year, officials said. → Read More

In Newark, Cory Booker’s most enduring legacy may be city’s spreading charter schools

Charter schools spread rapidly across Newark during Cory Booker's time as mayor. Now, that may complicate his bid to become president. → Read More

‘We’re doing it to help all of us’: In Newark, student-researchers ask their peers why they miss school

A group of Newark high school and college students wanted to document all the reasons students miss school. So they surveyed their peers. → Read More

In Newark, bilingual students gain an edge in the enrollment process

Students who are still learning English will be given preference when they are underrepresented among a school's applicants. → Read More

In Newark, how did most voters respond to ballot questions about schools? They didn’t.

Nearly 60 percent of Newark voters left the two education ballot questions blank on election day. → Read More

After 120 days on the job, Newark’s new superintendent is asked: Where’s your plan?

In his first four months, Superintendent León has hinted at many upcoming changes. Now, board members want to see a clear plan with achievable outcomes. → Read More

In Newark, a former student returns to his middle school for a new lesson: how to teach

Yumar Wheeler was working as a security guard when he got an offer to return to his former middle school and train to become a teacher. → Read More

‘Doors open because of this’: How one Newark high school is closing the college degree gap

Newark's East Side High School allows students to earn two-year college degrees by graduation, saving some students thousands of dollars in tuition. → Read More

Three lessons Newark’s new schools chief can learn from New York City's retired chancellor

Roger León will soon take over a district still reeling from past changes. Former NYC schools chief Carmen Fariña knows what that's like. → Read More

'No pressure.' Newark's next superintendent lays out goals, weighs in on charters, enrollment

The big story If you thought incoming Newark superintendent Roger León was going to charge into his new role and blow up any remnants of state control, think again. In a 45-minute interview with Chalkbeat last week, León — the first superintendent to be selected by Newark’s school board in over two decades — did … → Read More