Greetings From Asbury Park N.J.

Dysfunctional charter school politics seem to be producing lousy outcomes for families in New Jersey:

Imagine if you were told — after a year of uncertainty and trauma — that your child may not be able to continue attending the high school they attend, and your only choice would be to enroll at one of the worst performing schools in the state? Imagine hearing about these six weeks before school begins…

…Earlier this year, College Achieve* Greater Asbury sought an amendment to its charter that would enable students in grade nine to progress to grade 10 in the 2021-22 school year. While the state renewed their charter to operate a K-9 school — validating the strong work they were doing to improve academic outcomes for its students — they didn’t grant the request to allow the students to complete high school at the school in which they started. Allowing 36 students to complete their K-12 journey where they started should have been an easy decision, but the school was forced to quickly file a charter amendment request to find a solution that wouldn’t leave these students stranded.

*Past BW client.

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