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Professor’s Report on Charter Schools Prompts Ethics Accusations

Rutgers faculty member suggests allegations stem from special-interest group defending its turf

A Rutgers professor’s critique of the enrollment breakdown of charter schools in New Jersey has sparked an exchange of accusations from those on both sides of the charter debate.

A complaint filed this month with the state ethics commission by the New Jersey Charter Schools Association accuses Julia Sass Rubin – co-author of a report that highlights what it says are wide gaps in the number of high-needs children in charter schools and traditional public schools – of using her Rutgers title to make it appear that the university sanctions her opinions.

Rubin denies the allegations, saying she hasn’t violated any ethics rules and calling the complaint “a pretty blatant attempt to silence the voices of those who disagree with a very powerful and well-funded organization.”

Read the full report by NJTV, a content partner of NJ Spotlight.

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