|State Profile Title||New Jersey Charter School Information|
|List of State's Charter Schools||http://www.state.nj.us/njded/chartsch/allcharters.shtml|
|Brief Overview||New Jersey's charter school law was originally passed in 1996, and was amended in 2002. As of December 2002, there are 56 approved charter schools. New Jersey's 56 charter schools serve 18,081 students. Charters are granted by the Commissioner of Education and are independent of the district board of education. |
|Schools||New Jersey Department of Education|
New Jersey Charter School Resource Center
For a list of Charter Schools in this state, contact the State Department of Education. Contact information appears below.
|Participants||New Jersey Participants|
|Legislative Summary||Enacted in 1996, New Jersey's charter school law calls for a statewide cap (expiring January, 2000) of 135 schools. Charter approval authority comes from the State Commissioner of Education after passing through the local boards or state superintendent in state-operated school districts. Teachers and parents of public school children, institutes of higher education, and private organizations collaborating with parents and teachers are eligible charter school operators in New Jersey. Charter terms are 4 years, renewable for 5 years. Waivers from state education laws and regulations are permitted upon request only. Operational funding is usually negotiated and is not necessarily comparable with other schools in the state. NJ charters must use existing public school standards as a "floor" and must administer existing public school assessments.
Link to New Jersey charter school state law:
Charter School Program Act of 1995