Group Seeks Public Input on Idea for Charter School

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

A group of New Jersey residents are in the early stages of gauging the public’s opinion about the idea of founding a charter school in Freehold Borough.

According to the State of New Jersey Department of Education website, “A charter school is a public school that operates independently of a local school district’s board of education under a charter granted by the commissioner (of education).

“Once a charter is approved and established, the school is managed by a board of trustees with status as a public agent authorized by the State Board of Education to supervise and control the school. A charter school is a corporate entity with all the powers needed to carry out its charter program.”

Richard Ginn is serving as a spokesman for a group of residents who are considering the possibility of seeking approval for the creation of the Beta Charter School.

Ginn said the charter school would create an innovative learning environment that includes a personalized learning program for all students, a longer instructional day, and technologically enhanced curriculum that fosters creativity and problem solving.

He discussed the idea of a charter school with members of the Freehold Borough School District Board of Education on Jan. 23. Ginn said he is hoping to engage board members in a dialogue about the issue.

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