Tag Archive: Voorhees

NJ Charter School Mess: How Deep Does It Go?

Some truly outstanding reporting from blogger Darcie Cimarusti this weekend lays bare the absolutely hopeless state of the charter school approval process in New Jersey. Conflict of interest, political favoritism, and incompetence run rampant in the latest chapter of the sage of Cherry Hill’s Regis Academy. Is this the first of many charter school scandals waiting to be exposed?

You may remember that the founder of Regis Academy, anti-Marriage Equity crusader Pastor Amir Khan, is a frequent guest on stage with Chris Christie at his town halls in South Jersey. Christie, however, has disavowed any knowledge of Khan – even when the man was sitting right behind him!

Khan won approval for his charter school to open on the grounds of his church this fall. Khan admitted that the church was counting on the money that the Cherry Hill, Voorhees, Lawnside, and Somerdale school districts would have to pay the charter school – even though these are outstanding districts that do not want nor need a charter.

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Christie in Voorhees

Chris Christie is bringing one of his taxpayer-funded political rallies to Voorhees on Thursday, January 12 at 3:00 PM (Doors open at 2:00 PM) It’s at the Voorhees Town Center at the intersection of Somerdale and Burnt Mill Roads. If you go, write it up in a Blue Jersey diary.

Preserving Remaining Open Space in Camden County

In the thin sliver of a county that is Camden County, with over 500,000 residents bunched into 222 square miles, remaining open space is few and far between. Unmitigated growth of this Philadelphia suburban county, with very little foresight, has resulted in one of the most developed counties in the state. The problems and financial constraints involved in open space preservation, though, coupled with the high cost of land in places like Cherry Hill, Haddon Heights, and Haddonfield, make preserving open space a difficult endeavor. My sense is that any progressive agenda must include environmental preservation and long-term sustainability as part of its platform, and this includes work to preserve open space on a local level.