By Kyle Rosenkrans

The national media can’t stop talking about Cory Booker’s record as a champion for Newark’s public schools — but too many get the story flat wrong. “Cory Booker has a school choice problem,” writes New York Magazine. The Los Angeles Times says Booker’s past support for charter schools “could shadow” Booker’s campaign. And Vox writes that “reform opponents and supporters fight bitterly to this day about whether Booker’s overhaul failed or succeeded.”

These stories are hard to read, because national reporters seem content to ignore the realities of Newark today. Instead of relying on old tropes and tired narratives about the Brick City, reporters should dig a little deeper. If they did, they would come to see the truth about Newark: it’s

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