Yeah, uh, no. As Darcie Cimarusti has reported this past week in a four-part series, ( here, here, here, and here), PCCS's operators actually have no such record of success - and far too many close ties to officials within the NJDOE. Given the way PCCS's founders have structured both real estate deals and management contracts in the past, I am very curious to see their application for expansion into Paterson.
And we really know nothing yet about PA&S. I've heard rumors I can't yet confirm about its affiliations; again, their application will most likely reveal many interesting details.
Keep in mind that all of this is happening without the input of the citizens of Paterson, who haven't had control of their schools for over two decades:
That is exactly the plan right now: expand privatization in the areas where Chris Christie knows he won't win votes, while preserving public schools and local control in his suburban, Republican base. Which is why Riverbank Charter School out in leafy Florence lost its bid for expansion while the NJDOE shoves two new charters down the throats of the people of Paterson.
Yes, it does. Add to that the plan to impose merit pay on teachers without any other raises, and the huge consulting gigs to consulting gigs to cronies, and you've got the makings of a reformy Shangri-La right in Paterson.
Let's see how long it takes for NJDOE to release those charter applications...
Paterson: Home of Lou Costello and reformyness!