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Mar 10, 1:00 AM

Two N.J. charter schools placed on probation, third faces shutdown if student scores don't improve

Two of New Jersey’s most well-established charter schools are on probation and a third was warned to improve its student test scores or face a shut down, state education officials said today. Trenton Community Charter School and University Academy Charter School in Jersey City were placed on 90-day probation last week and given a long list of problems discovered during a recent state review. The deficiencies ranged from low student test scores and improperly locked classrooms to inadequate lesson plans and sloppy record keeping. Christopher Cerf, the acting state education commissioner, warned the schools they could close if they don’t come up with an improvement plan in the next few weeks. Trenton Community has been open 16 years and University Academy had been around nearly a decade.

Tags: charter schools, accountability

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