Noted Newark Schools Seek State OK to Go Charter Route

Noted Newark Schools Seek State OK to Go Charter Route

Technically not a conversion to a charter school: the plan is to formally close the two schools in question in the South Ward and open as a new charter school.

Still, a remarkable change, especially given last week’s announcement planning to broaden the use of the $100M Zuckerberg donation for the public school system.

If the new Achieve Community Charter School is approved, it would be the first time that a public school in New Jersey is converted to a charter school.

The change would add fuel to the ongoing and sometime acrimonious debate over the relationship between public schools and charters – a debate that it perhaps most intense in Newark. What’s more, the proposed switch comes at a time when school district leaders are looking to improve the city’s South Ward schools – including BRICK – to better serve their neighborhoods.

Author: Ken Walker

Husband, Father, Analyst. In a glass case of emotion since 1978.

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