Is Christie Administration Shifting to Charter School Expansions vs. New Openings?

While only one new charter application won approval, complete policy picture is more complex

By John Mooney

When the Christie administration approved just one new charter school application last week, questions arose over whether it was backing off from its previous enthusiastic support for the growth of the charter movement in the state.

A separate move to place seven other charters on probation and close two more existing schools reinforced that notion.

But it has turned more of a mixed picture, as the state on Friday announced it would approve expansion of four charter schools, including a controversial Hebrew-language school in East Brunswick.