New Jersey to takeover Camden public schools

Gov. Chris Christie plans to announce a state takeover of the troubled Camden school system.

The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Courier-Post, citing unidentified sources, say Christie will inform city officials Monday morning that the state will assume control of the educational and financial management of the schools.

Camden would become the fourth urban district under state control, after Paterson, Newark, and Jersey City. It would be the first state takeover initiated by Christie.

Christie is expected to appoint a new superintendent and leadership team. The school board is to be shifted to an advisory role.

Three of Camden’s schools are the lowest-performing in the state, and 90 percent are in the bottom 5 percent.

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