- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 5, 2017

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Education officials have approved plans that should end the state’s takeover of the Jersey City school district.

The state Board of Education voted Wednesday to grant the district control over its instruction and programming. That was the last administrative category still under supervision from the state.

State and district officials will now develop a transition plan for Jersey City to emerge from state intervention.

The state had taken over the district’s operations in 1989 after education officials said the city’s schools were failing and hurting students. It was the first school system taken over by the state, which later took control of the Camden, Newark and Paterson schools for similar reasons.

Jersey City is the first of the state-controlled districts to regain full local control.

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