Newark has several top-notch charter schools, but this kind of case tarnishes the movement. How could the state have let it happen? Bey’s charter school application was renewed in February 2011, when Gov. Chris Christie was approving a flood of new charters. As the state auditor recently reported, the state wasn’t properly screening new charters or closely monitoring the existing ones at the time. They were swept up, it seems, in an ideological fervor.
So overworked staffers in the Education Department’s charter office renewed Bey’s school without ever seeing the final lease, and despite its dismal academic record.
That’s a major screw-up.