Newark Charter School Fund Applauds Revised Space Sharing Plan
Proposal Addresses Many Concerns Raised by the Public
NEWARK, NJ – June 13, 2011 – Mashea Ashton, the CEO of the Newark Charter School Fund, released the following statement about a revised proposal from Newark Public Schools Superintendent Cami Anderson to share underutilized district schools with public charter schools.
“School buildings were built to educate students. This plan puts Newark public school students in classrooms in public school buildings.”
“From a financial, instructional, and equity perspective, there is no reason why these under-utilized spaces should not be made available for new school programs, including charter schools. Taxpayers in Newark and across the State are paying for these entire buildings to be heated and lit. It is inefficient to let this vacant space sit there unused.”
“Unlike Newark’s district school buildings, which are paid for with tax dollars, charter schools do not receive a penny from the state for facilities. For years, charter school organizers have struggled to find adequate facilities, often spending large sums of their budget for rent instead of classroom instruction.”