Let's break this one down a little:
Jeanine Martin of Voorhees isn't wild about public education dollars going to a church-run charter school.
"We live in Voorhees because of the school system," said Martin.
The mother of three has collected almost 2,500 signatures urging the Education Department to block Regis from opening. Martin says she doesn't want her school to cut corners just so a new charter can open.
"When Regis was approved, Voorhees was told to set aside $2 million of its budget for kids that may want to go to this Charter school. So, we knew that that was going to cut teachers and services," said Martin. "There's no way they could cover their costs and educate our kids to the way that they have."
Voorhees was asked to set aside 2M. So how many kids from Voorhees have actually enrolled?
They could have saved the district, and Voorhees parents like Jeanine Martin a lot of time and aggravation and the Department of Education a LOT of embarrassment.
But Amir Khan can spin just about any situation.
Solid Rock Pastor Amir Khan says his kids and grand kids attend Voorhees schools, too. But just because schools are high-performing doesn't mean they're for everyone.
"We believe that one size doesn't fit. We believe that every parent should be able to have school choice," said Khan. "There is room for growth, there is room for innovation. We don't believe that public schools should be a monopoly."
"We believe we can bring innovation and technology to children starting in kindergarten,” says Khan, who ran a telecommunications company, among other entrepreneurial ventures, before becoming a pastor. "There are ways advanced technology can be taught in basic formats to make it very interesting, such as opening up devices to see how they communicate from one phone to another or opening up computers to see how they establish a network.” (emphasis mine)