“The people of Camden had no say in this decision,” said the group, which noted the city district is under state control and does not have an elected school board—is this the beginning of the end of democracy starting at the bottom?
The state-appointed superintendent of the Camden, Néw Jersey, public schools announced that five public schools would be handed over to private charter chains. These schools will receive “significant” renovations to prepare them for the takeover by private managers. Three private organizations–KIPP, Mastery, and Uncommon Schools–have been designated to take over the schools and students.
“”This marks a new beginning for five of Camden’s most-struggling schools,” predicted Paymon Rouhanifard, the district’s state-appointed superintendent. “We hope this will be remembered as the moment we turned the corner.”
“A different view came from Save Our Schools New Jersey, an education-advocacy group. It asserted the schools were being “given” to private operators “to ensure a forced supply of students.”
“The people of Camden had no say in this decision,” said the group, which noted the city district is under state control and does not have an elected school board.
“Current staffers at the five…
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