Nine New Charters Get Preliminary Approval from New Jersey Commissioner

Here's the list:

See coverage from NJ Spotlight and the Star-Ledger. Fifteen other charter applications were rejected or disqualified. The nine approved applications now move on to Phase II; if they pass that second round they would open in September 2017.

 One interesting note: The Holistic Charter School for Behavioral Therapy, which would serve children on the autism spectrum, was denied approval last year because the D.O.E. was concerned that a school specifically for students with disabilities would violate N.J.'s charter school law by not serving a "representative sample" of children, among other objections that I described here. It's good to see the that even bureaucracies can evolve in positive ways.

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