Newark Fights Proposal To Pause Charter School Growth

Source: Jessica Mazzola | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com  / NJ.com

NEWARK — A proposed bill that would temporarily limit the growth of charter schools in New Jersey would hurt urban youth in the state, according to a new resolution passed by the Newark city council this week.

“This would directly impact Newark families,” said city Councilman Anibal Ramos, who sponsored the resolution denouncing the proposal.

“As representatives of the state’s largest city, a city that’s in transition…I think (passing this resolution) is a very important statement.”

The bill, A4351, proposes placing a three-year moratorium on increases in charter school enrollments starting next school year. If passed, it would disallow the Commissioner of Education from approving any increase in the number of student spaces available in charter schools across the state.

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