This article originally ran in a special four-page section produced by the Newark Charter School Fund in Local Talk News.
When Jessica Rooney rescinded her law school applications to explore a career in public education, she had no idea she’d be opening one of the first stand-alone charter high schools in Newark.
Rooney, the founder of People’s Preparatory Charter School, comes from a family of educators, but she took a circuitous path before joining in the family tradition.
“I was preparing to enter law school because I wanted to be an agent for social change,” Rooney said. “However, something just didn’t feel right to me. I came to the realization that law is more about intervention after something has occurred and less about preventing the problem.”