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Nine More Charters Apply to Open Their Doors in New Jersey

Applicants include schools already represented in some towns and cities, such as Paterson

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As New Jersey’s oversight of charter schools continues to be debated, another eight applicants have started the process to open nine new schools in the next year.

The Christie administration released the names of the applicants this week, which includes another three in Paterson.

The latest applicants come as the administration proposes significant deregulation of charter schools, including loosening the rules on the highest-performing charters regarding the qualifications of the teachers they can hire.

The State Board of Education heard extensive testimony on the proposed regulations this week, and postponed further discussion until its December meeting.

Most of the latest applicants are replications of charter schools already operating, including Philips Academy, a former private school now with new charters in Newark and Paterson.

Another private school in Clifton has also applied to be a charter, as has the for-profit Sabis network in Middlesex County. All but the Clifton school are applying to open as elementary schools starting with kindergarten.

Here is the latest crop of applicants:

  • Garret Hobart Charter School, Paterson

  • Nathan Barnert Charter School, Paterson

  • Pierce Academy: A Personalized Learning Charter School, Jersey City

  • Collegiate Charter School of Hillside-Irvington, Hillside and Irvington

  • Albert Einstein EnergySmart Charter School, Old Bridge

  • Nikola Tesla EnergySmart Charter School, Perth Amboy

  • Philip's Academy Charter School Paterson II, Paterson

  • Reach Charter School of Clifton, Clifton and Passaic

  • Theresa M. Fredericks STEAM Academy Charter School, Hamilton and Trenton

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