Rob Romano Aug 24, 2017, 2:03 pm

New Paterson charter schools set for 2018 meet with opposition

Legal team opposing them say it all boils down to budget for schools


Three new charter schools are set to open in Paterson in 2018.

But one powerful group says — not so fast. It all boils down to the schools’ budget.

The city of Paterson is at somewhat of a crossroads when it comes to new charter schools. The city already has six of these types of schools — one of them being the School of Art and Science — but now, there is an effort to add three more and a legal team is saying this is a bad idea.

Still, some in Paterson say the new schools would be a nice change of scenery for the city's youth.

The proposed schools would add 1,000 students to Paterson's district and these new schools would require $10 million to stay afloat.

One person who FiOS1 News spoke with says the public schools are keeping it together despite how much they're going through.

Any way you look at it, money is a huge part of this issue.

This year, Paterson's six charter schools are already receiving $46 million from the state.

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