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Charters and Vouchers

STATE APPROVES HUGE CHARTER EXPANSION IN CAMDEN

Published on: July 16, 2014

Commissioner Hespe has approved the plans of two out-of-state charter school chains – Mastery and Uncommon – to open 10 schools serving almost 7,000 K-12 schoolchildren in the State-operated Camden.

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HOBOKEN CHALLENGES IMPACT OF CHARTER EXPANSION ON STUDENTS

Published on: April 23, 2014

The Hoboken Board of Education filed an appeal of the NJDOE decision to renew and expand the Hoboken Dual Language Charter School, detailing how expansion will exacerbate racial imbalance in the Hoboken schools and reduce funding available to students in district schools.

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BEYOND THE HYPE: THE CREDO STUDY AND NJ CHARTER SCHOOL PERFORMANCE

Published on: August 13, 2013

In NJ, the CREDO charter school study released in late June was met with scant analysis and undue praise for improvements in charter school performance, but the national take-away was much more sobering.

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STATE'S CHARTER EXPANSION REGULATIONS UNDER CHALLENGE BY ELC

Published on: June 20, 2013

In a recently filed brief, ELC argues that Commissioner Cerf and the State Board of Education exceeded their authority under the state’s charter school law by opening the door to a significant increase in the number of charter schools located in NJ's high poverty, high minority school districts.  

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BROAD CONSENSUS ON ASSEMBLY BILL TO AMEND NJ CHARTER SCHOOL LAW

Published on: June 11, 2013

The Assembly Education Committee took a significant step forward in the process of updating and improving New Jersey’s 1995 charter school law when bill A4177 was introduced recently.

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GOVERNOR'S VOUCHER PROPOSAL IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL LOGROLLING

Published on: March 27, 2013

Governor Christie's attempt to enact a program to use public funds for private school vouchers in the FY14 State Budget constitutes an egregious form of "logrolling," which is prohibited by the NJ Constitution. 

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REVISED STATE CHARTER PROGRAM RULES STILL LEGALLY FLAWED

Published on: November 14, 2012

For the second time this year, ELC has submitted written comments on amendments to the State's charter school regulations proposed by the NJDOE. ELC's comments challenge NJDOE's attempt to expand the charter school program without legislative authorization.

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ELC ADDS CHARTER SCHOOL DATA TO INTERACTIVE WEBSITE PAGES

Published on: November 5, 2012

ELC has now expanded the user-friendly, interactive data available on its website that provides information on the demographics of NJ’s public school students. The new data allows users to examine the demographics of charter school students and compare charters and host districts. 

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