Public charter schools have the potential to change lives. Charter schools improve student learning, increase educational choices, allow and encourage teachers to use innovative teaching and learning methods, and establish a new way of measuring public school accountability. The New Jersey public charter school movement is rich with both possibilities and proof that the charter school model is working for thousands of students and their families.
The New Jersey Charter Schools Association (NJCSA) 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, NJCSA helps high-quality charter schools flourish and open doors to new possibilities and life opportunities for more students.
As we look forward, NJCSA endorses the following principles to guide our advocacy efforts:
- Accountability — Quality is more important than quantity. The long-term stability of New Jersey’s charter school sector relies on a public policy environment that holds schools and authorizers responsible for high academic performance, teacher effectiveness, quality expansion, and equal public access for all students.
- Equity — Public school students must have equitable access to a quality education. Public charter school students are entitled to equitable access to all public funds, including operational, facility and federal categorical dollars.
- Autonomy — For strong schools to flourish, school leaders must have the freedom to make decisions based on the needs of their students, parents and, teachers, while at the same time ensuring high-quality education for all students.
- Student Achievement — The charter school sector must ensure students are equipped for success through continuous student assessments and professional development of highly qualified teachers. Individual student growth and needs will be met through the implementation of innovative and effective approaches to teaching, supporting the premise that children from all backgrounds and geographies have the ability to learn.