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  • Students and staff members at BRICK Avon Academy in Newark, New Jersey, reacted to the Eric Garner case with the message “Black Lives Matter.” School staffer Annette Jones shared the video with NBC 4 New York. http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/285008761.html...

  • Last year, your local Soccer Shots operator committed to donate a portion of your child’s registration fee to the Global Goals/U.S. Soccer Foundation in an effort to build a SportCourt playing surface at the B.R.I.C.K. Avon Academy in Newark, NJ. Children from the school will......

  • NEWARK — CNN anchor and talk show host Anderson Cooper surprised a city kindergarten teacher today, sending her to a New York City spa for the afternoon and teaching the class in her absence. Cooper chose the teacher, Princess Williams, 27, saying educators rarely receive the......

  • Fed up with the troubled bureaucracy of inner-city schools, 25-year-old Teach for America alumnus Dominique Lee decided it was time for teachers to take charge. Last September, along with five other Teach for America alumni, Lee reopened Newark’s Avon Avenue School as the newly christened......

  • Syidah O’Bryant scribbled notes in a composition book, trying to keep up with a lesson about why teenagers are so sleepy in the morning. Usually Ms. O’Bryant, an eighth-grade social studies teacher, is the one talking. But on Tuesday, it was her student, Kare Spencer,......

  • In a world where administrators rule, a teacher is not allowed to touch a copy machine. As a first-year history teacher at a Newark public high school, Dominique Lee would toil over lesson plans in his classroom until 7 or 8 p.m. But if he......

  • NEWARK — Shortly after landing at Malcolm X Shabazz High School as a Teach for America recruit, Dominique D. Lee grew disgusted with a system that produced ninth graders who could not name the seven continents or the governor of their state. He started wondering: What if......