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Camden School Chief Offers Rebuttal to Critics of Charter-School Takeover

In response to NJEA legal challenge, superintendent says ‘change is hard’ but schools in question are ‘in need’ of revitalization

Camden’s school superintendent says the NJEA has it wrong.

The state’s largest teachers union has lodged a legal challenge against a plan to transfer operation of five of the city’s lowest-performing schools to charter networks, saying Camden’s approach circumvents the law.

Superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard’s response: “What we’ve proposed is to dramatically improve five schools sincerely in need and what we’re proposing here is to revitalize those buildings and renovate them and to make sure those students receive a great academic experience and those schools have been struggling for decades and decades.”

“Look, change is hard, change is complex,” Rouhanifard added.

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

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