Governor Christie Announces State Takeover Of Camden Public Schools
By Alexandra Hill, WBGO News
March 25, 2013
Governor Christie announced today that the state will seize control of yet another school district….the Camden public Schools.
Camden is the fourth district to be taken over by the state. Professor Paul Tractenberg is founder of the Rutgers Institute on Education Law and Policy. He says districts controlled by the state have had limited success but none of those districts are any closer to gaining back local control.
“Current law which was enacted a while ago now, I think 2006 did put emphasis on the states responsibility to develop local capacity to operate the school district the problem is it’s not clear how seriously the state has taken that.”
Newark public schools have been under state control for the past 18 years. The district’s elected local advisory board has recently filed a lawsuit against the state in an effort to get back control.