Charter schools are public schools operated independently from traditional school districts. When students leave their home schools for a charter school, the home school district must transfer to the charter school most of the per-pupil funding for each student.
Since taking office in 2010, Gov. Chris Christie has authorized dozens of new charter schools, and the new openings will bring the state’s total to 92. Christie has closed 17 charter schools for academic, operational or financial deficiencies.
As public school employees, charter school staff members are eligible to organize as local associations in NJEA. Since 2014, the number of charter school staffs represented by NJEA grew from six to 17 fully affiliated local associations. In 2014, NJEA counted 325 charter school staff members as NJEA members. That number is now 925. Many of these members attend the NJEA Convention as well as association conferences, workshops, and advocacy trainings.
In addition, three new charter school staffs have been recognized by the Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC) and are now in the affiliations process. Another potential local association in a charter school is awaiting recognition by PERC.
The currently affiliated charter school local associations are:
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