Yes, THAT Amir Khan.
The Amir Khan who got a charter school approved despite his utter lack of qualifications and clear inability to provide a stable foundation upon which to build a school.
The Amir Khan Governor Christie denied knowing at a Town Hall as Khan and his wife sat directly behind him on the dais.
The Amir Khan who, in a church/state blurring video, lobbied his parishioners to vote AGAINST local control measures.
The Amir Khan who crashed and burned. HARD.
He got evicted from the property he intended to buy from the Catholic church and the state denied him his final charter, citing "misrepresentations and a lack of forthrightness."
So what's a charter charlatan to do?
I KNOW, RUN FOR MAYOR OF CAMDEN!!
Just last year Khan was living in Voorhees, trying to open a charter in Cherry Hill, but now he has moved to Camden and wants to be mayor. This is from an April, 2013 profile of Amir's son Micah in the Philadelphia Daily News:
Khan says he recently moved to the Fairview section of Camden with his father, Amir Khan, president of an outreach ministry called the Nehemiah Group, to be part of the community he's trying to help.Sounds like the definition of a carpetbagger, no?
: outsider; especially : a nonresident or new resident who seeks private gain from an area often by meddling in its business or politicsEspecially when you consider that when he was trying to open the charter school in Cherry Hill, he was clear he DIDN'T want kids from Camden enrolling in his suburban charter. This was from Regis Academy board meeting minutes:
The addition of Camden students may deter enrollment. Camden has it's own charter schools.Those two sentences should make ANYONE taking Khan seriously for public office in Camden wince.
With the state poised to take over the public schools in Camden, the mayor appointing board members, and the terms of the takeover still unclear, it is simply inconceivable that someone who failed to get a single school off the ground could be elected to play a huge role in running ALL of Camden's schools.
Especially when just last year he saw Camden students as a deterrent.
Amir Khan is a self-proclaimed salesman.
Charisma is his defining characteristic. Let’s just say he’s a man who gets a lot of windows opened. Or, in Khan’s words: “I could sell a bikini to an Eskimo.”Charisma can get you pretty far as a politician. And Khan is, quite literally, putting on a carnival show for the people of Camden.
But you can't see urban school children as a hindrance in 2012 and want to control their schools in 2013.
You just can't.
The children of Camden deserve far better than Mayor Amir Khan.