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Other Policy Issues

In addition to the policy areas described elsewhere on this website, ELC works on additional issues that impact educational equity. For news stories related to the topics listed below, please visit the News page.

Charter Schools

Authorized by the New Jersey Charter School Program Act of 1995, charter schools are public schools that operate under a charter, or contract, granted by the State Commissioner of Education. Although they are public schools, charters operate independently from the school district in which they are located and are managed by a separate board of trustees. ELC works to ensure that New Jersey’s charter schools are effective and equitable and contribute to improving educational opportunities for all students in their host districts. ELC supports legislation to update and improve the state's charter school law by increasing accountability and transparency and creating a mechanism for local input on charter authorization.

Accountability

ELC works to ensure that both the NJ State Department of Education and local school districts are held accountable for results by advocating for the development and distribution of timely and accessible data and information.

Segregation

Despite New Jersey’s constitutional prohibition on school segregation, according to the Harvard Civil Rights Project New Jersey ranks fifth in the nation in the percentage of minority students attending 90-100% minority schools. ELC supports ending the isolation of minority and low-income students and developing concrete proposals for addressing the issue, including consolidation and regionalization of school districts.

ELC Publications on These Topics

Available on the Publications page.

For more information on these and other issues, contact Sharon Krengel, Policy & Outreach Director.