NJ Supreme Court upholds expansion of Newark charter schools

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TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey’s Supreme Court has upheld the state’s decision to allow the expansion of seven charter schools in Newark.

The ruling rejected a challenge that argued the expansion would hinder the ability of students in traditional public schools to get a quality education.

The Supreme Court concluded Newark’s school board and a nonprofit education group hadn’t demonstrated fiscal harm.

But it held that in future charter school applications, the state’s education commissioner must consider the racial impact of a charter school expansion or the potential that it could increase segregation by leaving traditional public schools with a higher concentration of students with disabilities or English language needs.

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