Some Newark charter schools fail to fully comply with transparency rules

February 3, 2022

Charter schools’ failure to keep the public informed about their board proceedings is significant, as more than a third of Newark’s public school students attended charter schools last year and $300 million, or 28% of the district’s budget this school year, will go to charter school students.

“Whenever public money is involved, I think you expect to have a high level of transparency,” said Julia Sass Rubin, a public policy professor at Rutgers University who has studied New Jersey charter schools. “If there’s no transparency, it’s very difficult to have effective oversight.”

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