Thursday, October 11, 2018

New Jersey: Charter School Situation Under Review, Pro-Charter Folks Wary | deutsch29

New Jersey: Charter School Situation Under Review, Pro-Charter Folks Wary | deutsch29

New Jersey: Charter School Situation Under Review, Pro-Charter Folks Wary



New Jersey education commissioner, Lamont Repollet, is in the process of reviewing the state of New Jersey’s education system. In the meantime, noticeably fewer charter schools are being approved or expanded.
Repollet is trying to assure stakeholders that he is neutral concerning charter schools and that he simply wants “quality schools.” And even though Repollet says that charters in New Jersey are under no “deliberate moratorium,” still, it seems that the NJ charter slowdown has charter advocates on edge.
John Mooney of the NJ Spotlight offers the following summary of the NJ-school-review situation, excerpts of which I offer here:
State Education Commissioner Lamont Repollet is embarking on a review of the state’s burgeoning charter school movement, with an eye on addressing both performance and budget issues in the schools and their host districts. …
In the latest cycle of applications, the administration this month rejected the last of the bids for new charter schools opening next year, after also rejecting five expansions last spring. One new school is opening under a previous cycle of applications, but it is a clear slowdown from former Gov. Chris Christie’s tenure and the state’s explosive growth of charters.

Repollet, at last week’s State Board of Education meeting, sought to assuage questions about the administration’s stance on the controversial schools, specifically saying there was no deliberate moratorium on approvals and the review was only part of a system-wide assessment.
“Before we do anything, we are going to assess the landscape and get feedback from everybody,” the commissioner said. “We are not going to get it  Continue reading: 
New Jersey: Charter School Situation Under Review, Pro-Charter Folks Wary | deutsch29



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