New Jersey to take over Camden schools

March 25, 2013 at 2:15 PM

CAMDEN, N.J., March 25 (UPI) -- Saying the school district in Camden, N.J., is at a "breaking point," Gov. Chris Christie said Monday the state would take over its operation.

Christie said the state will pick a new superintendent and leadership team. School board members will remain as advisers, but decisions will be made by state officials at the worst-performing district in the Garden State, Christie said.

The state already operates three other school districts in Paterson, Newark and Jersey City, the Philadelphia Inquirer said.

The decision had support from at least a few school board members and local Democratic politicians, including Camden Mayor Dana Redd, who attended Monday's press conference at Woodrow Wilson High School.

The district is presently without a superintendent and the board was in the process of hiring one, though that process will now be moot.

Camden's graduation rate is 49 percent and is home to the three worst-performing schools in the state, the Inquirer said.

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