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Amid Debate Over Spread of Charters, State Education Chief Stays the Course

Charter schools have lately become the tinderbox of New Jersey education policy, but acting state Education Commissioner David Hespe hasn't hesitated to promote the often-controversial approach to education reform.

Amid Debate Over Spread of Charters, State Education Chief Stays the Course

Charter schools have lately become the tinderbox of New Jersey education policy, but acting state Education Commissioner David Hespe hasn’t hesitated to promote the often-controversial approach to education reform.

This week, the state Department of Education cleared the way for more expansion of charter schools next fall, with the focus on Trenton and Camden.

Two of the five individual charters cleared to open next fall will be in the state capital.

In addition, the state finalized the expected opening of two more charter networks in Camden under the separate Urban Hope Act, a move that could have an even more sweeping impact.

Starting next fall, three of the region’s largest charter networks will open their first schools in Camden, with planned expansions that could see them serve as many as half of the city’s students within the decade.

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