Gov. Christie Introduces Plan Allowing For-Profit Companies to Run 5 Failing N.J. Public Schools

Gov. Chris Christie unveiled legislation this morning that would allow private companies to run five chronically failing New Jersey schools through a public-private partnership pilot program.

Only districts with low-performing schools will qualify to participate in the program, and participation will require support from local boards of education. The legislation will allow for-profit companies to manage the schools.

Christie made the announcement at Camden’s Lanning Square Elementary School alongside Mayor Dana Redd, a Democrat who has worked with the Republican governor on education issues.

"This pilot program will provide an innovative alternative for those children who need it most, bolstering our efforts to ensure opportunity for every child in our state," Christie said. "This program will begin to restore hope in communities where failing schools deny children hope and opportunity."

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