The New Jersey Commissioner of Education has the authority to make a final ruling, deciding the fate of the Evesham’s Teddy Bear Academy. Marlton TV has learned the Acting Commissioner of Education, Dr. Lamont Repollet, has filed an extension, delaying the final decision.
According to Leah Perlmutter, a Coordinator with the Teddy Bear Academy, the Commissioner has filed an extension that gives him until October 19th to decide if the daycare center will be allowed to remain open. The extension follows a rally at the Marlton Middle School, where more than 100 people gathered to appeal to local lawmakers to keep the daycare open. Parents at the rally say they’re speaking with local state Senators and members of the Assembly to see if the law can be changed. The commissioner of Education is not permitted to hear any additional appeals or comments from the public.
State Judge Solomon Metzger ruled the Board of Education does not have the authority to run a daycare, open to infants and non-residents of Evesham Township inside a school building. The shutdown stems from a complaint filed by Under the Sun Learning Center of Marlton against the Evesham Township Board of Education.
State law gives the New Jersey Commissioner of Education the authority to step in and make a final decision. Dr. Repollet, has until October 19th to adopt, modify, or reject the court’s decision, otherwise the court’s decision becomes final. If he adopts the court’s ruling, then a 30-day shut-down of the Teddy Bear Academy would begin the process of shutting down.