The state of New Jersey moved to take over the Camden school district Monday, seeking to fix what officials said is a broken system that allows thousands of students in one of the nation’s poorest cities to fail each year, the Associated Press reports. Gov. Chris Christie’s administration filed the first legal paperwork necessary to assume control of a district in which 90 percent of the schools are among the bottom 5 percent in performance statewide. The district has 20 days to respond. Christie said the intervention could be complete as quickly as six to eight weeks, but it could be challenged in court.

“We’re taking the lead because for too long the public school system in Camden has failed its children,” Christie said, flanked by the mayor and some school officials at a news conference held at a high school…

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