Newark Futures Workshop

Keeley Powell, vice president of the Christina School Board; and Frank Newton, director of Newark Charter School, will speak at the Newark Futures Workshop.

The future of public education in Newark will be the topic of discussion at the latest Newark Futures Workshop.

The event is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the audion of the University of Delaware’s STAR Tower. It is free and open to the public, but attendees are asked to register at www.thenewarkpartnership.org.

Sponsored by The Newark Partnership and the University of Delaware’s Community Engagement Initiative, it is the fifth in a series of community forums about the future of the city.

“We want to focus our attention that evening on what we can produce going forward, and not so much on where we’ve been or why things are not working,” organizer Dan Rich said. “Part of this process is to start building back up community support for improving public education.”

Attendees will hear from Keeley Powell, vice president of the Christina School Board; and Frank Newton, director of Newark Charter School. The two will discuss ways that traditional public schools and charter schools can work together.

Freeman Williams, a former Christina superintendent and a board member of The Newark Partnership, said that having Christina and NCS leaders together at one event is a “real significant step.”

Rich agreed, adding that the two have already pledged to work together on collaborative initiatives.

“I can tell you, we haven’t seen that in the past,” he said.

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