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NJ rejects Mandarin

January 26, 2012
Edward M. O’Mara, Village Grande Civic Association
To the editor:

Recently, Acting Commissioner Christopher Cerf denied the applications to two boutique Mandarin immersion schools . . . Hanyu International Academy (HIACS) and Hua Mei School.

We are happy for the taxpayers in Livingston, Millburn, Maplewood, and West, South and East Orange. They have been spared the cost of providing a private education to a select few at public expense.

   We want to thank the commissioner for finally realizing that in this economic environment, there is no room for taxpayer subsidized private schools masquerading as charter schools.

However, we would like the education commissioner to give the same consideration to the taxpayers in West Windsor, Plainsboro, Princeton and South Brunswick by denying another extension and rejecting the charter school proposal by the Princeton International Academy Charter School (PIACS).

The taxpayers in these towns, which cover the 14th, 15th, and 16th NJ legislative districts deserve the same treatment as was given to taxpayers in northern New Jersey. Furthermore, PIACS would be a duplication of the Mandarin language arts already offered in our public schools.

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