Making the Grade in Camden Schools

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The numbers are alarming. Of the nearly 12,000 students enrolled in the district, only 49 percent completed their four years of high school in 2012. And, if you can believe it, it has been getting worse, not better. Ninety percent of Camden public schools are among the bottom 5 percent in performance in the state.

To get a turnaround, courageous and transformative decisions must be made, not avoided or kicked down the road as they have been in the city for decades. The community will find many of these measures bold and controversial, but they should also be considered refreshing and uplifting.

As someone who runs a successful charter school in the city, I know the road that is to be traveled. If you stick to it, you will reach the change you need — and want. This is not an easy road.

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