The state has not yet released a detailed explanation of its decision to dismiss the Creative Studies Charter School proposal, but the veracity of the organization's founder's applications to the state have been called into question.
Department of Education Commissioner Christopher Cerf cited "deficiencies" in denying founder Pamela Brown's applications for charter schools in Lacey Township as well as Voorhees. A review of both applications shows two different residencies listed.
Brown is not a permanent resident of Lacey Township and does not have a child attending Lacey schools, as stated on her application to the state and required by statute...
According to state law, a “qualified founder” of a charter school must be either a teaching staff member or a parent with a child attending a school in the district.
The school district confirmed that Brown’s child is not a student in Lacey, school board President Jack Martenak said. The Voorhees School District confirmed that Brown is a resident of that municipality and her son is a student there...
“I just think it’s rather odd that she submitted an application with two different residencies,” [Martenak] said. “It almost seems fraudulent.”...
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“Accuracy of Charter School Applications Questioned; State denies Creative Studies' founder's bids for charters in Lacey and Voorhees.” LaceyPatch (NJ), 1/4/2012