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New Jersey to get its first Hebrew charter school

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New Jersey has given final approval to open the state’s first Hebrew language charter school. 

The state’s department of education gave permission to open Hatikvah International Academy Charter School in East Brunswick in a vote July 6, according to The New Jersey Jewish News.

The school, which will open next year with 108 students in grades k-2, needed to make sure that 90 percent of its students came from East Brunswick, and they had to be chosen by lottery.

Hebrew charter schools, which offer non-religious, but Hebrew focused curricula, are being looked at across the country as cheap alternatives to Jewish day schools. 

Several already exist in New York and Florida.

Hatikvah received startup grants of $35,000 and $50,000 from Michael Steinhardt’s Areivim fund to help build a Hebrew charter school movement.  

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