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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