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Adler: State Must Take Over Camden Schools Before We Fail Another Generation

TRENTON – Senator John H. Adler, co-Chair of the Joint Legislative Committee on Public School Funding Reform, made the follow statement today following a meeting of the Committee where school accountability measures were discussed:

“The Camden City School District has failed its students for over a generation. If we don’t begin to take action today, the District will just continue to fail its students year after year. It is incomprehensible that the Department of Education has not taken over the district, even after the Legislature gave them that power last year.

“When only one out of every five children in Camden reaches graduation, something is tragically wrong. When we passed QSAC (Quality Single Accountability Continuum) last year, it was with the hope that the State would begin to hold school districts accountable. There is no district that performs worse than the Camden School District. The takeover process for the district must begin this week.

“This action cannot wait. Kids cannot wait. They get older every day. They deserve a decent education now.”