N.J. again denies Hebrew-language charter school


NEW YORK (JTA) — The state of New Jersey for the third time has denied a proposal for a Hebrew-language charter high school in Highland Park.

Citing unspecified “deficiencies,” the application for the Tikun Olam Hebrew Language High School became one of 56 charter school applications rejected by the education department on Sept. 30, the New Jersey Jewish News reported. Only four new charter schools were approved by the state.

Tikun Olam would have been the state’s first Hebrew-language charter high school.

Sharon Akman, who is leading the push to open the school, said Tikun Olam would not teach religion but instead would treat Hebrew as a culture. She told the New Jersey Jewish News that Tikun Olam hoped to serve up to 100 students from the Edison, Highland Park and New Brunswick areas.

“There’s always the possibility,” Akman said when asked if she would apply again.

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