Christie visits Franklin to highlight charter school opportunities

Gov. Chris Christie on Monday toured the innovative and growing Thomas Edison Energy Smart Charter School (TEECS) in Franklin, Somerset County, continuing his mission to improve New Jersey’s public education system and marking the 20th anniversary of the state Charter School Act. “Seeing students excited and exceling in an innovative environment, it’s no wonder seats in this growing public school are so sought-after by area families,” Christie said.

“As a Tier-1 school, TEECS is inspiring more cutting-edge classrooms across New Jersey where students have exposure and opportunities that will allow them reach their full academic potentials and grow into an up-and-coming workforce. To that end, in the days and weeks ahead, my administration will continue to facilitate the expansion of successful public charter schools and the opening of new ones, unlocking the potential and supporting the success of students not always realized in a traditional school environment.” TEECS is a tuition-free K-7 charter school that will be relocating this fall to a new facility on Pierce Street in Somerset. It is the first school in New Jersey offering a green/renewable energy-focused curriculum. TEECS has an enrollment of 336 students that is expected to grow by 27 percent to 426 students in the upcoming school year, as it adds an eighth-grade class.

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