After Governor Christie announced his intention to take control of the public schools of Camden, this school board member resigned in protest.

The state has controlled three other impoverished urban districts, some for more than 20 years, without improving them. Paterson, for 24 years; Jersey City for 22 years; and Newark for 18 years.

Based solely on performance, one must say that state control in New Jersey is a total abject failure.

If performance matters, then some other state should take over Camden’s public schools, because the NJ Department of Education has an unbroken record of poor performance. It deserves an F.