Because All Our Kids Deserve A Fair Shot At A Quality Public Education.

It is critically important to share the truth about public charter schools with elected officials, the media, and the general public. Your voices matter. Our kids matter. We must create the right policy conditions that allow for greater educational opportunity for all children.

The New Jersey Public Charter Schools Association (NJPCSA) advocates for students and their families through support of policies that strengthen the quality of education in New Jersey for all children. In doing so, NJPCSA helps high-quality charter schools flourish and open doors to new possibilities and life opportunities for more students.

NJPCSA’s Policy Priorities

Funding Equity

On average, public charter schools receive $4,000 less per pupil compared to district schools. Charter school students are public school students and should be treated equally.

Facilities Solutions

NJ state law prohibits public charter schools from using state funds for school construction. While NJ school districts have received more than $12.5 billion in capital funding from the state since public charter schools were created, public charter schools have received $0. All public school students, including public charter school students deserve safe and secure school buildings

Greater Autonomy

Public charter schools have the opportunity to use their autonomy to find unique solutions in areas such as curriculum, governance, leadership structures, and operations. While highlighting and sharing the innovative practices already happening in charter schools, we must advocate for more autonomy for charter schools to pursue innovative ideas to best meet the unique needs of all learners.

CHARTER SCHOOL LAWS & REGULATIONS

The Charter School Program Act of 1995 (P.L. 1995 c. 426, N.J.S.A. 18A:36A), effective January 11, 1996, authorizes the Commissioner of Education to establish a charter school program.

New Jersey Administrative Code, Charter Schools, (N.J.A.C. 6A:11) provides the state regulations to implement the Charter School Program Act of 1995.

Charter Schools are subject to the Fiscal Accountability, Efficiency, and Budgeting Procedures as described in New Jersey Administrative Code, Charter Schools, (N.J.A.C. 6A:23A). From an accounting and funding standpoint, chapters 15 (State Aid Calculations and Aid Adjustments for Charter Schools), 16 (Double-Entry Bookkeeping and GAAP Accounting), and 22 (Financial Operations of Charter Schools) in N.J.A.C. 6A:23A are particularly applicable for charter schools.

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