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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - Hundreds of students in Newark took their protest to the street on Tuesday, a week after a smaller group held an overnight sit-in at a district school board meeting.

The students are opposed to the One Newark school reorganization plan which calls for converting some schools into smaller academies and introducing charter schools.

"Instead of fixing schools, it closes schools. This system has been privatized. It's up to the community to figure out how we have an equitable system in the district and that's not what we have now," said protest organizer Robert Cabanos last week.

The protesters- the Newark Students Union- are pointing fingers at Newark Public Schools Superintendent Cami Anderson.

"One of the biggest concerns is with the superintendent and how she responds to the students, how she responds to the parents and how she responds to the community," said Cabanos.

The protesters say NJ Department of Education Commissioner David Hespe agreed last week to meet with them to discuss the One Newark plan.
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