The public schools in several poor communities have been under state control for more than a decade, proving that state education departments don’t know how to run schools while obliterating democracy.

State Senator Ron Rice has called for a restoration of democratic control in Newark, Jersey City, and Patterson.

The state has been in control of Newark since 1995, Patterson since 1991, and Jersey City since 1989.

He has joined a coalition of local groups and clergy to call for an investigation of the state education department.

Meanwhile, the state education departmentauthority take over scores of other districts, no doubt to advance Governor Christie’s privatization agenda.

Senator Ron Rice is a champion for democratic control of the people’s schools.