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Montclair Charter School Group Rejected Again











"We going to look at our options and see where we go from here." The Quest group has sought to launch a small high school with an enrollment of about 320 teens that would feature more individualized instruction than is available in the 1,900-student Montclair High School. As a charter school, Quest Academy would get its funding from the Montclair Board of Education but would be operated and governed by an independent board. "I hope this is finally at an end," said Board of Education Vice President Shelly Lombard. "It has introduced a lot of financial uncertainty for us. It is a huge variable that we had no control over." Lombard described a period around 2010 when the Quest application was filed as a difficult time for the Montclair School District.
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Pence?s misguided faith in state charter schools




Tony Lux superintendent Merrillville Community School Corp.  |  Provided Photo~Sun-Times Media

The state approved the recommendation last week. The city still plans to close the school in June, but Fahari officials are optimistic Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio , who has publicly opposed shuttering schools, will take another look at the academy. RELATED: NYC HURRIES TO CLOSE BAD CHARTER SCHOOL Marla Bahloul/New York Daily News/Marla Bahloul Fahari Academy Charter School in Brooklyn has six months to persuade Mayor-elect Bill de Blasios administration its worth saving. A de Blasio spokesman declined to comment. The 5-year-old middle school landed on the chopping block after three years of dismal grades on the citys progress reports, including an F in the latest round.
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Flatbush charter school fights to survive after producing dismal progress report grades






Even with significant shortcuts to gaining licensure, there is still a shortage. The shortage is so desperate that now the governor wants to bribe teachers to leave public schools by supplementing those fiscally responsible charter school salaries with additional state tax dollars (to be taken away, Im sure, from public school funds). The public needs to ask itself how many more wing-and-a-prayer acts of desperation (otherwise known as innovation) are going to be paid for by siphoning more and more public education tax dollars from the public schools that continue to raise ISTEP scores, national assessment scores and graduation rates to all time highs. The public also needs to challenge the false and misleading storyline that the teacher is the only variable for learning that stands in the way of student achievement.
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