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Charters and Vouchers

PROPOSED CHARTER CHAIN SCHOOL TAKEOVERS IN CAMDEN RAISE MORE RED FLAGS

Published on: April 8, 2015

The Superintendent of the State-operated Camden School District recently announced plans to turn over the operation of five district-run, neighborhood schools to the Mastery, Uncommon and KIPP charter chains beginning September 2015.

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NEW CAMDEN CHARTERS: 1st YEAR ENROLLMENTS RAISE RED FLAGS

Published on: March 9, 2015

Mastery and Uncommon charter schools, which opened in Camden in September, failed to meet enrollment projections for their first year of operation, according to an analysis by ELC.

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GOVERNOR RECYCLES ILLEGAL VOUCHER PROPOSAL

Published on: February 25, 2015

Governor Christie's current attempt to push through a program to divert public funds to private and religious schools through the State Budget was soundly rejected two years ago as an illegal end-run around the Legislature.

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APPELLATE COURT UPHOLDS AND CLARIFIES CHARTER CAMPUS RULES

Published on: November 12, 2014

A NJ Appeals Court upheld the NJDOE regulation allowing "successful" charter schools to open a "satellite campus" in "former Abbott districts," but the Court also issued several important clarifications of the rule.

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NJ COULD HAVE OVER 130 CHARTER SCHOOLS, NOT 87

Published on: October 15, 2014

Following the revelation by the Attorney General that NJ has many more charter schools than the 87 in the DOE's official count, a preliminary investigation by ELC shows that the number of operating charter schools is well over 100 and could exceed 130.

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NJDOE EFFORT TO BYPASS SAFEGUARDS IN CHARTER LAW CHALLENGED BEFORE APPEALS COURT

Published on: October 9, 2014

ELC’s pending challenge to the NJDOE's attempt to circumvent basic safeguards in NJ’s charter school law was argued this week before a panel of Appellate Judges in Newark.

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WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT THE CHARTER CHAINS THAT WILL EDUCATE CAMDEN CHILDREN?

Published on: August 15, 2014

Camden families must become knowledgeable about the Mastery and Uncommon charter chains now that Governor Christie has given them a pivotal role in the education of the city's school children.

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ELC CALLS ON STATE TO ASSESS EFFECT OF NJ CHARTERS ON SEGREGATION AND SCHOOL FUNDING

Published on: August 13, 2014

In recently filed comments, ELC is calling on the NJDOE to issue rules requiring the State Education Commissioner to assess the impact of NJ charter schools on both student segregation and local school district budgets.

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