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Date: 2016-07-11

Jersey Roar: Schools Make A Comeback in Camden, the Nation’s Most Distressed City

The effort to build charter and renaissance schools that would absorb children from Camden’s worst academic settings had been started by influential New Jersey figures before Rouhanifard arrived. George Norcross, the Democratic powerbroker in South Jersey, had advocated for charters for years; his brother, Donald, then a state legislator, sponsored the 2012 Urban Hope Act, which provided funding and construction incentives for the state’s worst districts if they chose to create renaissance schools. The Norcross family foundation subsequently recruited KIPP New Jersey to manage a renaissance school in Camden, according to Drew Martin, KIPP’s local director.

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