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Amended Urban Hope Act Likely to Clear Way for Renaissance Schools in Camden

Trimmed down to win needed votes, the bill to amend the controversial Urban Hope Act and open the way for a new breed of charter schools ended up passing with little drama in the state Legislature last week.

Amended Urban Hope Act Likely to Clear Way for Renaissance Schools in Camden

Trimmed down to win needed votes, the bill to amend the controversial Urban Hope Act and open the way for a new breed of charter schools ended up passing with little drama in the state Legislature last week.

The measure is almost certain to gain Gov. Chris Christie’s signature, and while it still faces a legal hurdle, it appears to clear the way for the first phase of “renaissance schools” to be built in Camden.

The bill would tighten some of the siting and enrollment requirements in the law signed by Christie last year, which he said would bring needed help to schoolchildren in Camden, Trenton, and Newark.

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