New Jersey stepping in to run Camden's troubled schools
"For too long, the public school system in Camden has failed its children," New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said.
March 25th, 2013
05:06 PM ET

New Jersey stepping in to run Camden's troubled schools

By Laura Ly, CNN

(CNN) - The state of New Jersey is taking over administration of the troubled public schools in the city of Camden, Gov. Chris Christie announced Monday.

A recent Department of Education investigation found Camden city schools are among the lowest-performing in the state, Christie said at a news conference at Woodrow Wilson High School in the city.

"We're taking the lead because for too long, the public school system in Camden has failed its children," he said. "Each day that it gets worse, we're failing the children of Camden, we're denying them a future, we're not allowing them to reach their full potential."

The poor student performance, a lack of a districtwide curricula, inconsistent and haphazard school staffing, lack of central leadership, and a failure to provide student support services has resulted in "full state intervention," the governor's office said in a news release.

Christie said the decision to partner with Camden school officials was not one made easily or quickly.

"I waited three years because I really felt like I wanted to give the folks in the city of Camden the chance without having to enter into a partnership with the state," Christie said.

The issues with student achievement and institutional administration do not stem from a lack of financial support. Camden is receiving more than $279.5 million in state funding, an increase of $3.6 million from last year. During the 2011-12 school year, Camden spent $23,709 per student, compared with the statewide average of $18,045, the governor's office said.

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  1. Sherry Bell

    I don't care who tries to change the broken school district of Camden, not even Chris Christie. If he can do it I would be happy for the children of Camden to receive a great education like other districts in New Jersey. I would really think about the positive moves he has made at election time and I'm a democrat. I want to see growth and change as long as he doesn't make the schools private or chartered. Make a change from within not from outside in, only change teachers if needed, but while not taking the pension and benefits from the great teachers of New Jersey. If he can do it without taking away the good teachers and their benefits I may vote for him at next election.

    March 25, 2013 at 6:32 pm |