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In the 1990s parents, students, faculty and staff at the Rutgers Camden Campus set out to launch a unique community development experiment, the Community Learning Center, intended to enhance education and improve supports for a community development and capacity building effort. A sixty-five person Working Group Committee, composed of parents, faculty, staff, community partners put together a strategic plan to transform the school district. Today the Community Leadership Center at Rutgers Camden New Jersey is home to the Leadership, Education and Partnership (or “LEAP”) Academy University Charter School, which includes three academies focused on math and science, business, and liberal arts. Organizing parents has been a big strength of this charter school. Parents learn how to build capacity for the school, while the school leadership team builds new schools, rehabs old housing, and develops a comprehensive approach for reforming schools in need of improvement. Read more..