Thirteen of 16 charter schools up for renewal this year have been approved by the Christie administration, but three others – including one of the state’s oldest, in Jersey City – had their renewals denied.
The Liberty Charter School in Jersey City, in its 14th year, was rejected over what the state said was a poor record of student achievement and limited evidence that it could improve.
Even among the schools approved for renewal, four had expansion plans rejected and three others were put on probation.
Just one school, the Vineland Public Charter School, saw its full proposal for expansion approved, according to the list released late yesterday.
Following are charter schools up for renewal, along with the administration’s rulings for each one. The non-renewals can be appealed to the state education commissioner.
Charter Tech High School (Somers Point) – Renewal approved
Discovery Charter School (Newark) – Renewal approved
Ethical Community Charter School (Jersey City) – Renewal approved, with expansion to Grade 5 only
Freedom Academy Charter School (Camden) — Probation extended, final decision pending
Institute for Excellence Charter School (Winslow) – Renewal denied
Liberty Academy Charter School (Jersey City) — Renewal denied
Maria Varisco-Rogers Charter School (Newark) – Renewal approved, with expansion denied
Marion P. Thomas Charter School (Newark) – Renewal approved, with expansion denied
New Horizons Community Charter School (Newark) – Renewal approved, with probation; expansion denied
Newark Educators Charter School (Newark) – Renewal approved, with probation; expansion denied
Oceanside Charter School (Atlantic City) – Renewal denied
Pace Charter School of Hamilton (Trenton) – Renewal approved, with expansion
Ridge and Valley Charter School (Blairstown) – Renewal approved, with probation
Riverbank Charter School (Florence) – Renewal approved
Village Charter School (Trenton) – Renewal approved
Vineland Public Charter School (Vineland) – Renewal approved, with expansion.