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Charters and Vouchers

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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LEGALLY FLAWED CHARTER REGULATIONS MUST BE FLATLY REJECTED

Published on: June 5, 2012

In testimony submitted to the State Board of Education, ELC declared that proposed changes by the NJDOE to New Jersey’s existing charter school regulations were fundamentally inconsistent with the state’s current charter law and should be flatly rejected.

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VOUCHERS DEFEATED IN PA: LET'S KEEP NJ VOUCHER FREE

Published on: December 20, 2011

Recently, the Pennsylvania Legislature soundly rejected a much scaled-down version of a voucher bill. The voucher defeat in Pennsylvania contains important lessons for New Jersey legislators considering similar legislation for the Garden State.

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NJDOE KEEPS CHARTER REVIEW PROCESS SHROUDED IN SECRECY

Published on: October 5, 2011

It came as a big surprise when Acting Commissioner Christopher Cerf recently announced the approval of only four new charters out of 60 in the latest round of charter applications. Was this decision connected with a more rigorous review process or the current election season?

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LESSONS FROM GEORGIA AND WISCONSIN: NJ VOUCHER BILL WILL LEAD TO WASTE, ABUSE AND SEGREGATION

Published on: June 16, 2011

New Jersey lawmakers should pay close attention to the experiences of Georgia and Wisconsin. Both states have enacted voucher schemes that have made news lately as researchers document the waste, abuse and student segregation caused by these programs.

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CHARTER SCHOOL REFORM BILL ADVANCES

Published on: June 16, 2011

Recently, Assembly Education Committee members overwhelmingly voted to support proposed legislation to improve accountability and oversight of New Jersey’s charter schools.

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