New Jersey’s only all-boys public school prompts praise, criticism

Last month marked the grand opening of the Eagle Academy for Young Men of Newark, the city’s first and only public, single-sex school, the Huffington Post reports. The academy is one of Newark’s newest public schools and is part of an effort to transform the district by closing underperforming schools, replacing principals and opening new schools boasting innovative programs. The Star-Ledger reports that while the all-boys school is run by Newark’s school district, it is supported by the New York City-based Eagle Academy Foundation, which provides resources and community programs to three all-boys institutions in New York in addition to Newark’s Eagle Academy. According to the state Department of Education, the foundation’s schools boasted a high school graduation rate of 87 percent in 2010, compared with Newark’s 61 percent in 2011…

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