The parents I talk already enrolled in the renaissance schools tell me that this isn’t another empty promise Camden is so used to; this is real. These conversations convince me that renaissance schools are part of my game plan for greatness for my child. What is yours?ELC’s threat of litigation follows Save Our Schools-NJ’s suit against renaissance schools based on the new schools’ “financial and segregative impact” on traditional district schools. It’s probably worth pointing out that Mark Weber (Jersey Jazzman) and Julia Sass Rubin (founder of SOS-NJ) published a report a few months ago on N.J. charter schools that noted that “unlike the other Big Seven districts, the racial composition of Camden’s district and charter schools is virtually identical to each other.”
I want my child to have a great education, better than mine and better than the one he is getting currently at Rafael Cordero Molina School. A great education requires a good building, parent involvement and a well-trained staff. These are all lacking at Molina. This is wrong. This must change.
We need to move beyond these arguments over who is really serving the poorest students and embrace the real opportunities we have for change in Camden. I for one will be curious to see if Save Our Schools, ELC and others can get past these data wars and take a real look at what's happening in these renaissance schools. We know that parents and families in Camden are looking to embrace these new school opportunities. We should be fighting to support them and the growth of high quality schools with a proven track record that are serving the students with the greatest needs.
The misrepresentations and factual errors of interest groups will not distract us from the urgent cause of improving our schools,” he said in a statement. “With two out of five students not graduating from high school, it’s critical that we stay focused on improving the education of our children. We have remarkable students, but for far too long the system has come up short in providing them with the educational opportunities they deserve.
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