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Teaneck Forum to Explore Charter School Funding

Panelists to share diverse views on charter schools in New Jersey.

A panel discussion scheduled for Sunday at the will explore the impact of charter schools, including how the often-debated schools are funded in New Jersey.

The diverse panel will include Teaneck school board member Margot Embree Fisher, Seton Hall Law Professor and Newark charter school Founding Board President Shavar D. Jeffries, and Education Law Center Founder Paul L. Tractenberg.

“The administration of Gov. Chris Christie promotes charter schools, but the research on their effectiveness is mixed, and the public is divided, with strong opinions on both sides,” an Ethical Culture Society press release said.

In Teaneck, two proposals to open new charter schools have proven especially contentious. One plan to launch a virtual school was rejected by state officials after a public outcry. The state had initially sent the township school district a letter saying the online program .

Another charter application, for a Hebrew immersion school called Shalom Academy, has met with objections from school officials in Englewood and Teaneck. The school would draw students from both communities and offer a Hebrew language immersion program, along with state-mandated core curriculum.

Shalom Academy first planned to open in 2011, but could not secure a location in time. The school is now seeking approval to open in an industrial building on Galway Place in Teaneck.

The Ethical Culture Society panel will begin at 3 p.m. and is free.

Diane Schwarz June 19, 2012 at 01:35 PM
I understand Shalom Academy must still apply for variances at it's chosen Teaneck location. I'm sorry I will be unable to attend! I think ANY accepted charter school in a community, should be required to publicly advertise it's strengths to the whole community a decent amount of time before any raffle takes place. There also should be public outreach to members of the general community, so parents who may not have gotten the message, could consider it's positives!
Keith Kaplan June 19, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Regardless of ones views on Charters, I'd love to see the Eugene Field School rented out to one. The win-win combination of using a school AS A SCHOOL and getting a gigantic multi-year revenue stream for Teaneck would be terrific. To see such a location serve as an administration building is truly sad.

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