Chiera, NJ Spotlight
Illegally or not, charter schools take money for schools and students out of the very communities where it is most needed
While “Avengers: Endgame” is smashing records at the box office, the hundreds of millions in precious public dollars that flowed to for-profit management companies and real estate concerns associated with charter schools — as the NorthJersey.com investigation Cashing In On Charter Schools documented — might be better exemplified by the 1960’s spaghetti Western “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.”
It is a good time to have an important discussion about accountability, while the state wrestles with how to update the long outdated charter-school authorizing law originally implemented more than 20 years ago. Until the laws can be strengthened to prevent squandering of public money, a moratorium on granting new charters or expanding existing charters is appropriate.