Letters to the Editor

Paterson Charter School Making Tremendous Progress


To the Editor:

I am writing regarding the recent story about how Paterson charter schools fared as represented on the new state report cards.

As Founder of NJCDC, I have had the privilege of creating many new and successful programs and services for my fellow Patersonians over the last 19 years.  Yet the hardest thing I’ve ever done is start the Community Charter School of Paterson (CCSP).  The release of yesterday’s school report cards shows that CCSP has a long way to go before it reaches my or anyone else’s expectations for being a school of academic excellence, but I do think it is important to point out that we are a charter school that swings our doors wide open to all families of Paterson.

Sign Up for E-News

While other charters are often accused of hand-selecting students, that’s not the case at CCSP.  In our first year of existence, only 25% of students were proficient in language arts and only 21% in math.  Three years later, based on the scores released yesterday, approximately 50% are proficient in language arts and 60% in math.  So while we have a long way to go, the school has made tremendous progress over these first few years.  These next few years promise even more growth, and I am very confident that before too long, we will be well on our way to becoming a model of academic excellence.  Stay tuned!

Robert F. Guarasci
Chief Executive Officer
New Jersey Community Development Corporation

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of TAPinto.net or anyone who works for TAPinto.net. TAPinto.net is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer. Click here to submit a Letter to the Editor.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Upcoming Events

Fri, February 23

Memorial Hall, Paterson

Cost Free Courses


Sat, March 3, 12:00 PM

The Bethwood, Totowa

Have-A-Heart Tricky Tray

Food & Drink Giving Back

City Council Candidate to Voters: Let Your Voice Be Heard

February 20, 2018

Dear Editor:

It is very important for the citizens of Paterson to participate in local city-wide elections because elected officials can help determine the economic, educational and social well-being of entire communities. For example, two very important tasks of city council members include making laws and allocating money.

Elected officials are the gatekeepers for millions of dollars in ...

Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders Introduces 2018 Budget

February 15, 2018

(Paterson, New Jersey) – On February 13, 2018, the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders introduced the 2018 budget with conservative revenue projections, improved reserve levels, and significant investment in infrastructure improvements. The 2018 budget reflects fiscally sound financial policies, strong budgetary flexibility, proactive increases to manage volatile expense line items, ...

How to Talk with Kids About the Florida Shooting

February 15, 2018

The tragedy of the Florida school shooting is devastating, leaving 17 killed and 15 injured. Our children can easily identify with what occurred yesterday. It will be the topic of conversation today in schools everywhere. School administrators are doing all they can to provide support and guidance. The shootings affect children, teachers, and school personnel. The school shooting ...