Newark students crowd streets to protest administration

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Hundreds of students crowded city streets to protest the public school administration on Friday.

The students marched from City Hall toward McCarter Highway as part of a walkout that began about noon.

East Side High School junior Brianna Esteves said she and her classmates are frustrated at superintendent Cami Anderson and say she's changed schools for the worse.

"She needs to leave," Esteves said. "She's ruined public schools."

A message to the Newark Public Schools seeking comment was not immediately returned.

Mayor Ras Baraka said in a statement the students were exercising their First Amendment rights and they understood they're not getting the education they deserve.

Baraka says the district is in chaos.

The Newark Students Union is a student group that says its goals include ensuring a quality education.

Gov. Chris Christie appointed Anderson superintendent in 2011. Since then parents students have criticized her One Newark plan, which includes a universal enrollment scheme.

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