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Two of Camden District's High Schools Consider Converting to Charters

At least two Camden high schools are weighing whether to convert to charters, as the prospect of major change sweeps through the district in its first year under state control.

Two of Camden District's High Schools Consider Converting to Charters

At least two Camden high schools are weighing whether to convert to charters, as the prospect of major change sweeps through the district in its first year under state control.

Administrators and faculty at Creative Arts Morgan Village Academy and MetEast High School have already discussed the possibility of the conversion, which a majority of both staff and parents would need to approve and then make a formal application to the state.

Teachers at Brimm Medical Arts High School are expected to discuss making the change today, the school’s union representative said, adding that the union is resisting the move.

These schools would be the first in the state to seek to convert to charters. As such, they would no longer be within the jurisdiction of the district -- instead holding separate agreements with the state. They would still receive the bulk of their funding through the district.

Two private schools in Newark have won approval for charter conversion.

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