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NJ Spotlight: Op-Ed: Taking Stock of Camden’s New ‘Renaissance Schools,’ One Year Later

Some of the city’s poorest, most challenging students have made sizable strides in math and language arts in a single school year

 

November 9, 2015

 

By Janellen Duffy and Michele Mason

A little over a year ago, “renaissance schools” were about to open in Camden, and by the sound of things you would’ve thought the sky was going to fall. According to the critics, “renaissance schools” were going to “destroy” public education and fail to serve the same high-need students as district schools.

So now that these new public schools — a hybrid of district and charter schools –have served Camden students for a year, let’s take a look and see whom these schools served and how they did.

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