N.J. Senate approves bill to allow private businesses to run schools in Camden

    New Jersey’s Urban Hope Act has cleared one hurdle.

    The Senate has approved the bill that would allow privately owned companies to build and maintain as many as a dozen schools in Camden, Newark and Trenton.
    The Star-Ledger reports nonprofits interested in starting “renaissance school projects” must apply through the state Department of Education, but do not have to follow public bidding laws or collective bargaining agreements.

    It has Gov. Chris Christie’s support, but the bill still awaits approval from the Assembly.

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