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!