State Supreme Court sides with Education Dept. in fight with proposed charter school

The state Supreme Court on Monday rejected a charter school applicant’s challenge to how the state decides on whether to grant a charter.

Quest Academy Charter School, a proposed 250-student high school, has been denied a charter five times by the state.

The proposed Montclair-based school decided to challenge the state’s process for deciding on which charters get green-lighted.

The court ruled today in a unanimous ruling that the Department of Education’s methodology was not arbitrary or unreasonable.

The applicants first applied for a charter in 2010 but were rejected on a variety of grounds, including incompleteness of application and deficiencies in programming.

The court said today that the Education commissioner’s decision to deny a charter in this case was “amply” supported by the record.

Further, the court said that the commissioner’s decision represented a “thoughtful and thorough” weighing of all the merits in the case.

State Supreme Court sides with Education Dept. in fight with proposed charter school