A Year Later, Little Progress on Governor's Plan to Bring Harlem Children's Zone to Paterson

PATERSON, NJ - A year ago, the governor's office issued a press release announcing that the Harlem Children's Zone reform program would be coming to Paterson without first alerting city Board of Education members. Six months after that, Gov. Chris Christie held a Paterson press conference on his plans for the program without inviting city board members. Those slights prompted local education advocates to question whether the governor was serious about the program or simply seeking positive publicity.

Since then, there's been little progress on creating Paterson's version of the Harlem Children's Zone, according to a story on

Christie has not yet appointed an advisory group for the project and there have been just a handful of phone calls and meetings between the governor's office and the Paterson nonprofit group, New Jersey Community Development Corp., picked to run the program in the Silk City, the story said. 


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