The mothers of three Camden boys filed a legal petition Monday asking the state education commissioner to declare that the city's schools do not meet the constitutional requirement of providing children with a thorough and efficient education, and to find better-performing schools for their sons immediately and for the 15,000 other students in the district soon.
Backed by several groups that call for faster and more drastic fixes to Camden's troubled schools, the mothers and their lawyers said they cannot wait any longer for long-promised improvements.
"What do we do with children who we know are being deprived of their fundamental right to an education?" lawyer Patricia Bombelyn asked at a news conference in the State House.
The newest filing is a novel approach in a city that has long been the prime example of a school district gone awry.