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The Poison Pill That Chris Christie Left for the Public Schools of Newark; by Diane Ravitch

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'No one knows whether the demand will meet the supply, but that doesn’t matter. The supply will be there thanks to the Christie administration. Newark is on track to have more than 40% of its students in charter schools. Ten years ago, less than 10% were in charter schools.  The state has signed off on nearly 7,000 more charter seats to be available by the 2022-23 school year. If all those seats are filled  then the share of students who go to school in Newark and attend charters could climb as high as 44 percent. So now we must eagerly await the results to see whether Newark becomes a model for the nation, as Booker and Christie said it would be. Or do we have to wait for Newark to become 100% charter? Apparently the goal is to prove that poverty and segregation don’t matter, and that charters can succeed despite those factors. Let’s see.'

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