The city's first newly built Renaissance school has dozens of classrooms on three floors, a gym big enough for two basketball courts and an all-purpose room that comfortably seats hundreds of uniformed students.And from KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy mom Siomara Pesante,
But despite all that, the 110,000-square-foot KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy can't meet the demand for its services.
"We are overenrolled, with a waiting list of about 360 kids," Drew Martin, the academy's executive director, said Tuesday. "Unfortunately, this year we won't be able to add space for everyone."
"I think it's great, and she says she loves it," said Pesante, noting her 5-year-old, Symelia Shields, had run back to hug her teacher.If not for the Urban Hope Act (which authorized renaissance schools in Camden, Newark, and Trenton), Symelia would be starting kindergarten at Whittier Family Schools. There, according to the DOE’s most recent School Performance Report, 83% of third-graders failed basic skills tests in language arts and 80% failed basic skills tests in math; 88% of fifth-graders there failed both tests.
Mastery, Uncommon & KIPP chains first year in Camden show student segregation, under-enrollment http://www.edlawcenter.org/news/archives/other-issues/new-camden-NJEA’s formal complaint against the New Jersey Department of Education:
On April 8th, 2015, the Commissioner of Education granted the application of the Superintendent of the Camden Public School District to close five District schools and, at the same time, granted permission for five renaissance schools to serve as a primary school for students who previously attended the five to be closed schools and for all students who would attend those schools in September but for their closure(s). For several reasons the Commissioner of Education’s actions violated applicable statutes and regulationsSave Our Schools NJ:
Save Our School-NJ requests that Commissioner Hespe reject the Mastery and Uncommon Schools applications for renaissance school projects in Camden because they violate the Urban Hope legislation and regulations.This is the conundrum facing any New Jersey resident who cares about public education, especially in our chronically-failing districts. NJEA, Education Law Center, and Save Our Schools profess to care about kids. But instead of celebrating families’ opportunities for school options they undermine them, sacrificing student achievement on the altar of the status quo.
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