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Shalom Academy Charter School Gets Federal Grant

Money for Hebrew-immersion school part of nearly $5 million in federal grants for charters.

The won a $200,000 federal grant as part of nearly $5 million awarded to charter schools, the U.S. Department of Education said.

Shalom Academy’s opening was pushed back after state education officials said the school requested a delay and did not submit a certificate of occupancy for a proposed Englewood location. The Hebrew-immersion school is planned to open in September 2012 serving Teaneck and Englewood, but will undergo another review next July. 

Raphael Bachrach, the school's founder, could not be immediately reached for comment late Thursday.

Shalom Academy was one of 23 new or recently opened charter schools to get grant money, an Education Department news release said.

"High-quality charter schools have an important role to play in the overall strategy of successful school reform," U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in the release. "These organizations have an opportunity to spread successful practices and expand effective public charter school choices for more students and parents."

Critics have said Shalom Academy would not offer a diverse educational program and pull money from local public school districts. 

Elif Oz October 08, 2011 at 06:30 PM
This makes no sense that the US Dept of Education gives money to Hebrew immersion Charter, yet when we Turkish peoples in the Gulen Movement open charter schools you Americans accuse us of fraud and wrongdoings just because we award contracts to members of our community and can work more efficiently than Americans. I think you are islamophobic and zionists
JAD October 08, 2011 at 10:24 PM
and I think you should read up on the controversy surrounding this school prior to spouting off intellectually false statements.
Jim Dunleavy October 09, 2011 at 04:45 PM
Can anyone explain to me how a selective admission school, targeting a certain ethnic or religious population can get federal, state or local funding for such a school? I do not care what ethnic, religious or other cover you place on it. these are public funds to be used for the all the public good. Perhaps if we were committed to public education instead of a committment to creating alternatives with these labels as criteria, perhaps charter schools would not exist?
george reskakis dds October 19, 2011 at 11:12 AM
I completely agree with JIm! First off any public school that does not promote diversity should be unconstitutional. Secondly, instead of creating new schools how about fixing the existing schools? If the public schooll system is so broken, then dismantle it and fix it. I know, I know easier said than done= stupid excuse. Time for our "leaders" to actually have some guts. Third if you want your child to get a secular education , no matter the religion, pay for it privately.
zizi October 19, 2011 at 01:20 PM
No private/charter schools should get tax money in such a manner.... period. What I propose is that we should create a system where every student that goes to a non-public school gets a voucher equal to what would that student would have cost the tax payers in the public school. This will create competition and will give an incentive to lazy teachers and administrators to do a better job educating our kids. I believe we will see improvements in test scores and the quality of education our kids receive in public and private schools due to competition. This will also stop the blame game of who gets what money and why.

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