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Charters and Vouchers

LAWSUIT ENFORCES DUE PROCESS RIGHTS OF STUDENTS IN NJ CHARTER SCHOOLS

Published on: May 19, 2016

An Administrative Law Judge has ordered the North Star Academy Charter School in Newark to return a middle school student to school after a two-month suspension.

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NJ CHARTERS CARRYING SUBSTANTIAL SURPLUS EVEN AS DISTRICTS MAKE CUTS

Published on: September 24, 2015

An ELC analysis of the most recently available, audited school budgets shows many NJ charter schools carry a significant amount of surplus fund balance.

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GOVERNOR CHRISTIE WANTS TO HOLD CHARTERS HARMLESS, BUT NOT DISTRICT SCHOOLS

Published on: June 2, 2015

According to the OLS, Governor Christie is asking the Legislature to hold charter schools harmless from the negative impact of his proposal to flat fund public education in FY16.

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PROPOSED CHARTER CHAIN SCHOOL TAKEOVERS IN CAMDEN RAISE MORE RED FLAGS

Published on: April 8, 2015

The Superintendent of the State-operated Camden School District recently announced plans to turn over the operation of five district-run, neighborhood schools to the Mastery, Uncommon and KIPP charter chains beginning September 2015.

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NEW CAMDEN CHARTERS: 1st YEAR ENROLLMENTS RAISE RED FLAGS

Published on: March 9, 2015

Mastery and Uncommon charter schools, which opened in Camden in September, failed to meet enrollment projections for their first year of operation, according to an analysis by ELC.

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GOVERNOR RECYCLES ILLEGAL VOUCHER PROPOSAL

Published on: February 25, 2015

Governor Christie's current attempt to push through a program to divert public funds to private and religious schools through the State Budget was soundly rejected two years ago as an illegal end-run around the Legislature.

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APPELLATE COURT UPHOLDS AND CLARIFIES CHARTER CAMPUS RULES

Published on: November 12, 2014

A NJ Appeals Court upheld the NJDOE regulation allowing "successful" charter schools to open a "satellite campus" in "former Abbott districts," but the Court also issued several important clarifications of the rule.

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NJ COULD HAVE OVER 130 CHARTER SCHOOLS, NOT 87

Published on: October 15, 2014

Following the revelation by the Attorney General that NJ has many more charter schools than the 87 in the DOE's official count, a preliminary investigation by ELC shows that the number of operating charter schools is well over 100 and could exceed 130.

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