Charter school association files motion to intervene in school desegregation lawsuit

The New Jersey Charter Association is filing a motion to intervene in a lawsuit that seeks to desegregate the state’s schools.

The lawsuit asserts that charter schools contribute to the state’s ranking as the sixth-most segregated state in the US for black students and seventh for Latinos.

The association, which is joined in the motion by a school and a handful on individual parents, disputes the claim.

“While we agree with the plaintiffs that school integration is a worthy goal, we strongly disagree that public charter schools are exacerbating segregation in the public school system and in fact we know this to be this is objectively false,” said Harry Lee, president of the NJ Charter School Association.

The original suit, filed by a coalition of well-known civil rights groups, wants the court to require students to attend schools in the town where they live and that charter schools give admission preference to kids in their home district. The charter association opposes both requests.

The civil rights groups say they’ll oppose the motion to intervene, adding that the court already denied a similar motion.

The motion is expected to be heard in state Superior Court Oct. 11.

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