A nonprofit created to give Camden students extras that the district can't afford spent much of its money on a state-of-the-district banquet thrown by Schools Superintendent Annette D. Knox.Knox
created the nonprofit Camden City Board of Education Foundation
in 2005 to support student programs such as music, art and athletics, and "to provide funding sources for special projects outside the budget limits," according to its mission.
declined comment through a district spokesman, who referred all questions to Lindell Jones, the foundation president.
blasted critics who questioned district test scores, and she
hoped to present an uplifting message "so everybody can pick their heads up."(Following questions from The Inquirer
, the state is investigating allegations made by the former principal of Brimm Medical Arts High School
, who said he
was pressured to alter test scores, and New Jersey is also probing unusually high scores at two Camden schools.)
It's unclear when or whether the foundation voted to pay for this year's event.
Last year, Knox
was criticized by some in the community for hosting a similar dinner that cost $22,000, paid for by taxpayers.
Two are from the district: Knox
, who formed the nonprofit, and Freeman.
caused waves when she
attempted to raise funds as far back as June 2003, before the foundation had been legally formed.She
sent letters to three dozen district vendors, listing suggested amounts to donate.Knox
later withdrew her
request until after the board had established the foundation.