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Proposed Mandarin immersion charter in Princeton gains an ally

August 18, 2011
SOUTH BRUNSWICK: Charter gains ally
DATE POSTED: Wednesday, August 17, 2011 7:06 PM EDT
By Charles W. Kim, Managing Editor

The legal battle between a proposed charter school and three public school districts has been joined.

The New Jersey Charter Schools Association threw its support behind the Princeton International Academy Charter School (PIACS) in its recent legal battle with the districts of South Brunswick, West Windsor-Plainsboro and Princeton, according to a Aug. 12 press release from the association.

”The association supports the parents who want to send their children to PIACS,” association president Carlos Perez said in the release. “We don’t believe public school districts should be using valuable taxpayer money to fight to keep other children from having high-quality public school options. It’s unfair that a start-up charter school is forced to spend its limited resources fighting a public school district instead of using that money to educate children.”

The association, established in 1999, represents about 70 percent of the 73 charter schools operating in the state as well as non-operating schools such as PIACS, according to Mr. Perez.

Mr. Perez said the organization became involved “to provide support to the community in its support of creating PIACS.”

   PIACS is a proposed 172-student Mandarin immersion charter school serving K-2 students from the three districts at a facility on Perrine Road in South Brunswick.

The school, which planned to open its doors in September, has been held up in front of South Brunswick’s Zoning Board of Adjustment.

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