Gov. Chris Christie continues to show his support for charter schools in the state by visiting two such learning institutions this past week. While the governor had a lot to say about schools, he kept a low profile when asked about any topics relating to Bridgegate.
After touring the Bergen Arts and Science Charter School in Hackensack, where high school students are offered technology and arts-focused curriculums, the governor spoke about how charters are changing the face of education.
During a news conference, the governor congratulated staff and students for their graduation rate.
“They've achieved a 93 percent graduation rate in their first full school year. It’s the tip of accomplishment we want to replicate at charter schools and at traditional public schools as well,” he said.
Despite the school’s accomplishments, students and staff say the charter school needs more funding in order to continue offering services.
“What we’re hoping is to shine light on inadequate funding of charter schools. Charters in New Jersey seem to do more with less and we just want to ensure that the law and the funding remain stable and maybe even increases,” staff member Dawn Fantasia said.
Although the governor’s scheduling made space for him to take questions after the news conference, he left promptly after his speech. He exited the building and, for the second time this week, ignored questions about Bridgegate, Atlantic City and Donald Trump.