SPRINGFIELD, NJ-In his first Education column, “Implications for Traditional Public Schools When Charter Schools Close,” Stephen Coffin an Adjunct Professor at Montclair State University and education scholar, presents focuses on Charter schools.  He finds the regulations dealing with the possible closing of a charter school are unclear and in his opinion, the public would be served well by much greater clarity.  The lack of clarity has serious implications for host traditional public school districts concerning the disposition of charter school assets should the local charter school close.

At Montclair State, his focus is Education Finance and Administration.  That focus benefitted from his time as a Researcher at the National Institute for Early Education (www.nieer.org) and as an education-focused scholar.  We expect him to periodically contribute a column on education for TAPinto Springfield. 

In the United States, the number of charter schools increased from 3,000 in 2003-04 to 6,500 in 2013-14.  The power to authorize a charter school differs from state to state.  In New Jersey, that power lies solely with the state. 

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According to the New Jersey Charter Schools Association, there are 89 charter schools in New Jersey serving more than 40,000 students.  None of the charter schools is in Springfield Township.   However, there are five in Union County.  They are College Achieve Central Charter School, the Barack Obama Green Charter School, Cresthaven Academy Charter School, the Queen City Academy Charter School and the Union County Teams Charter School. They are all in Plainfield. 

Steve’s column provides an introduction to the individual consider the father of charter schools and how charter schools fit in the broader educational landscape.

Click the link to visit his column, Education: Insight and Outlook.