N.J. Supreme Court places checks on education commissioner's power on charter schools

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

New Jersey's education commissioner has the final say in approving or denying charter school applications, but those decisions can now be subjected to court challenges, the state Supreme Court ruled Moday.

In a 6-0 decision, the justices found that the commissioner's final rulings can be overturned when a court finds them to be "arbitrary, capricious or unreasonable."

The high court did not change any of Education Commissioner Christopher Cerf's decisions, however.

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