N.J. Governor Announces Takeover of Camden Schools

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The 13,700-student Camden school district became the fourth school system Monday to come under New Jersey state control.

Gov. Chris Christie, faced with a school district that has the second lowest graduation rate in the state, a declining enrollment and high poverty said Camden's system is broken and that the state is taking over Camden City Public Schools immediately.

"Just because we can't guarantee a positive result or we have had mixed results in the past, is not an excuse for inaction," Christie said in his announcement with Christopher Cerf, commissioner of the state Department of Education, at Woodrow Wilson High School here.

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