Trenton, NJ – New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s administration once again denied charter school expansion in New Jersey for some of the state’s top-performing charter schools. The move comes as more public school students leave for private schools due to draconian mandates urged by the New Jersey Education Association and pushed by the Murphy administration. Now, the administration is trying to stop the bleeding by denying those charter schools from expanding.
“Yesterday, Acting Commissioner Angelica Allen-McMillan, Ed.D., issued a second set of denial decisions on high-performing charter school expansion requests that are contrary to Governor Murphy’s stated support of high-quality, top performing charter schools. This newest set of decisions follows on a previous set of decisions last week by the Acting Commissioner that displaced hundreds of students currently attending excellent schools in Trenton, Newark and Paterson,” said Harry Lee, President of the New Jersey Public Charter Schools Association. “These decisions are bad public policy and a crushing blow to low-income students of color throughout New Jersey. The Association will continue to fight for 60,000 charter school families and the 20,000 students on charter waitlists that want to get access to a great public school in every community in the Garden State. Parents’ choices on where they send their children to school must be respected and we will continue to support them to make sure their voices are heard in the weeks and months ahead.”
For now, those students will be forced to remain in underperforming public schools under the grips of Murphy and the NJEA.
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