Amir Khan is the president of the Regis Academy Board of Trustees. Is this how he intends to run his Board of Trustee Meetings? With threats of police action for anyone that is not a supporter or has questions about how the Regis Academy is spending public tax dollars?
Leading the meeting was Christian Barnes who was introduced as the Lead Person for Regis Academy. Mr. Barnes was the Vice Principal of the Trenton Community Charter School. He was fired only months before the charter was closed for good for poor performance.
In addition, attendees at last night's meeting reported that Amir Khan informed the audience that "just yesterday" the NJ Department of Education told him that Regis Academy does not have to restrict their enrollment to the four sending districts they were approved for; Voorhees, Somerdale, Lawnside and Cherry Hill. They can now accept kids from anywhere in the state.
Here's what the charter school regulations have to say about what might have happened "just yesterday" to bring about this change.
(k) Prior to the granting of the charter, the Commissioner shall assess the student composition of a charter school and the segregative effect that the loss of the students may have on its district of residence. The assessment shall be based on the enrollment from the initial recruitment period pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:11-4.4(a) and (b). The charter school shall submit data for the assessment:
In the Regis Application February 15 is listed as the date their "initial enrollment count" is due to the NJDOE.
Timeline for Enrollment
Regis had to submit their "enrollment from the initial recruitment period" or "initial enrollment count" to the NJDOE on February 15. On February 16 they held a public information session and told the audience "just yesterday" the NJDOE opened their enrollment to kids from anywhere in the state.
Anybody else thinking that the initial enrollment count wasn't looking too good?
The approval of Regis' charter DOES NOT mean that it will open in September. In fact check out the Charter School Fact Sheet. Five other charter applications were approved but never granted their final charter. Regis must submit their final paperwork on June 30 to receive their final charter on July 15.
If there is anything I have learned from my experiences battling Tikun Olam, it is that the opponents of the Regis Academy are going to need to remain vigilant, because the NJDOE's Office of Charter Schools gives unproven charter operators every advantage over communities and districts.
Regis appears to be a partnership of an unproven charter school operator and a failed charter school operator, and they STILL seem to have the advantage over the district schools and parents.