It has been almost 25 years since New Jersey enacted its charter-school law, the Charter School Program Act of 1995, P.L. 1995, c. 426. Governor Murphy has directed the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) to assess New Jersey’s approach to charter schools as it relates to those most impacted by the charter law. The NJDOE has launched a statewide outreach effort to obtain feedback from the field regarding the charter-related priorities that are most important to New Jersey stakeholders.

To advance this effort, the NJDOE will connect with a wide variety of stakeholders, including school district administrators, charter school leads, parents, teachers, students, advocacy groups, community leaders, and faith-based organizations to consider various aspects of the law and to explore relevant stakeholder priorities.

The NJDOE will host community focus groups in Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, Trenton, Camden, and Plainfield, with NJDOE staff visiting charter schools, conducting two online webinars, soliciting written responses to guided questions, and meeting with stakeholder organizations and their members. The NJDOE will gather all feedback and summarize stakeholder responses in a published report following the conclusion of outreach.

Major stakeholders are limited to two events. NJEA will be hosting an event on November 15 and the second event is in the process of being organized.

Below is a menu of engagement options:

  1. Visit this link to:
    • Participate in a live webinar on Oct.29, 2018.
    • Register to join the NJDOE at a Focus Group session during the months of October and November. Registration is open until capacity reached.
  2. Use the same link to submit written feedback by completing a short-answer questionnaire by Nov. 21, 2018.

Visit the NJDOE Charter Outreach webpage for more information on the Charter School Program Act Review, and feel free to share this information with your local education-focused community members. The NJDOE welcomes all constructive insight and input.

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