New Jersey Communities Want Local Control Over New Charter Schools!
  • Petitioning New Jersey State Senate

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New Jersey State Senate

New Jersey Communities Want Local Control Over New Charter Schools!

    1. Petition by

      Save Our Schools NJ

Under New Jersey’s charter school law, new charter schools are approved entirely by the State’s Commissioner of Education. Local communities have no voice in the current charter school approval process. Yet, funding for charter schools comes out of local public school budgets.

New Jersey is alone in allowing the State to force local communities to pay for unlimited numbers of new charter schools, with no concern for the wishes of those communities. Across the United States, ninety percent of all charter school authorizers are local.  New Jersey residents overwhelmingly supportfixing the State’s broken charter school law to require local approval for new charter schools. 

On March 15, 2012 the New Jersey Assembly passed a bill requiring local approval for new charter schools.  This legislation now goes to the New Jersey Senate, where it has bipartisan sponsorship and support.

Help pass this legislation by signing our petition and letting Senate President Sweeney, the Senate Education Committee and your State Senator know that you want to be able to decide if a new charter school should open in your community.

Sign this petition and help bring democracy back!


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 7,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Vicki O'Connell SOMERVILLE, NJ
      • 3 months ago

      The public school system is important to all our children.

    • Dorothy DeFlece COLUMBUS, NJ
      • over 1 year ago

      I am a teacher in a wonderful school in Florence. We are a small district in a small town, we can barely afford to fund one elementary school, so we are absolutely struggling to fund two. We have had to cut many great programs to pay for a charter school where there was never any need for one.

    • Karen Binter MOORESTOWN, NJ
      • over 1 year ago

      I lost my job because of the money from the district going to the charter school in their town. Now all the students in my school have to suffer the loss of a full time librarian, when the year before the library and librarian were "the hub"" of our new Language Arts program. Now the librarian is there for 3 hours a day with half that time as a prep for grade level teachers in 2 of the 5 grades. Sad but true.

    • Nancy Nitti BORDENTOWN, NJ
      • over 1 year ago

      Our township schools are being stripped to bare bones by Charter School. Our student population is to small to absorb the funding. We are not against it, just want them to be held to the same requirements. Aren' they a public school? What will not take my special needs child and are hurting my typical child's education

    • Robin McCarter BORDENTOWN, NJ
      • almost 2 years ago

      The Riverbank Charter School in Florence Twp. is taking away money from the public school system in a small town that cannot afford it.


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