Makes sense, right?
Then Benson adds, “if we’re being really honest, this education ‘reform’ movement is not about helping students succeed, it’s about helping private corporations get access to public dollars.”
In other words, the expanding charter school sector in Camden is all about profit, not serving communities.
Perhaps Mr. Benson will reconsider, now that Camden Public Schools has announced that the city’s hybrid charter/traditional “renaissance” schools have signed an agreement to build programs that include family programming, adult job training, financial literacy workshops, legal seminars, coat and food drives, health screenings, greater access to facilities for community events and sports, support services for needy residents, volunteer projects for neighborhoods, school-based resource centers that will provide computer access to all local residents, gym access, and cancer-screening. Also, KIPP, Mastery, and Camden Prep, the city’s renaissance school operators, will guarantee job interviews for open positions to all city residents. Here’s coverage from the Courier-Post and the Star-Ledger.
Superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard said. "I appreciate the educators and the community leaders coming together to support these opportunities that will benefit students, families, and residents all over Camden."
Sounds like community schools to me.