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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Controversial Hebrew-immersion charter school in Bergen County may finally open | NJ.com

Controversial Hebrew-immersion charter school in Bergen County may finally open | NJ.com: "Are you really going to attract the diversity that is Teaneck when you have such a narrow focus?" said Barbara Pinsak, interim superintendent for the township.
Charter schools are tax-supported and public, but are governed independently of local districts. The money follows the student to a charter with the schools getting 60 to 90 percent of what each public school gets per pupil.
It is estimated that Teaneck would need to peel off $1.4 million from its annual budget, and Englewood slightly more for the operations of the new school, according to both districts.
Critics say the charter is a "thinly veiled" attempt to provide a publicly funded alternative to Jewish day schools, where tuition can be $15,000 annually."

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