CORRECTION: An appellate court sided with the state last May, but the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case yesterday. A decision is not expected for at least a month or two.
Quest Academy Charter School, the name of the proposed charter school for high school students in Montclair, tried to get approval from the Department of Education six times, each getting denied. Yesterday, founder Tracey Williams and the rest of the team behind the proposed Quest Academy, went before the state Supreme Court arguing that the state’s review process is flawed as a whole and has been particularly so in relation to Quest’s bid, NJ Spotlight reported yesterday.
Williams and other Quest members “maintain they have met every one of the state’s requirements and nonetheless continue to be turned aside.” They argue that the charter application process is a quasi-judicial one that comes with strict requirements of evidence.