Advisory board meeting held on Newark school closures

NEWARK - Hundreds of parents, teachers and students attended a school board meeting in Newark last night to address a proposal to shut down several under-performing schools.

Under the plan, 10 consistently under-performing schools would be closed and the students sent to new charter schools. Several parents argued that moving the students to a different school wouldn't solve the problem.

Officials say the charter schools have already received state approval and could be phased in over the next 12 to 18 months.

A portion of Gov. Chris Christie's budget proposal yesterday included increases to school choice and charter school aid by nearly double.

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