Outrage in Camden over closure of three elementary schools

The district blamed a $40 million budget gap, but that’s drawn sharp criticism from the union

The Camden school district is closing three elementary schools at the end of the school year. Superintendent Katrina McCombs cited a $40 million budget hole and poor building conditions for the closures, but union officials say it’s a move to drive more students out of public schools and into the surrounding charter and renaissance schools.

Keith Benson, president of the Camden Education Association, said it will only worsen the budget gap as the funding will flow to the other schools. And parents say it will destroy their kids’ opportunities for success, pulling them out of their community, forcing long commutes and putting them in overcrowded classrooms with teachers who don’t know them.

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