In May, NJEA’s Delegate Assembly passed a motion calling for a moratorium on new charter schools and on the expansion of currently existing charter schools. Last winter the Red Bank Borough Education Association joined parents and other Red Bank residents to oppose the expansion of Red Bank Charter School. They were successful in that battle.

Conversely, the staffs of 17 of New Jersey’s already existing public charter schools are organized as local associations of NJEA, with members fighting for the same rights as members working in traditional school districts—to bargain a fair contract, to enforce that contract, to secure a fair salary, to negotiate a strong health benefits package, to fight for excellent working conditions, and to work collectively for the good of staff and students. Because charter schools are public schools, the staffs of these schools are eligible for NJEA membership.

What follows are four articles that illustrate NJEA’s dual commitment to protecting members and the communities in which they work from the unfettered expansion of charter schools and the protection of the public school teachers and educational support professionals who work in New Jersey’s charter schools.

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