Three of the four applications to open new charter schools in Trenton next year have been rejected by the state Department of Education, while the fourth, the proposed Trenton Prep Charter School, has progressed to a second round of review.
The DOE declined to say why the proposed Mercury Online Charter School of Trenton, STEAM Charter School of Trenton and Whole Earth Charter School were eliminated from the list as of Friday.
“In our review, we evaluated both the strength of the proposed educational program and the capacity of the founding team to implement that program,” spokesman Justin Barra said.
“Applicants that did not move on to the second stage of the process did not meet our review benchmarks in these areas.”
“We will meet with any interested applicants once final decisions are made to offer specific feedback on their application, as we do each round,” he said. Trenton currently has seven charter schools. Two schools, Capital Preparatory Charter High School and Trenton Community Charter, were ordered shut down by the DOE earlier this year.