More Than 100 N.J. Charter School Parents to Attend Parent Lobby Day in Trenton

TRENTON, NJ—More than 100 New Jersey charter school parents and supporters from across the state will gather at the NJ State House for the first ever ‘Parent Lobby Day’ on Monday, December 14, 2015. Parents will speak with state legislators to underscore the value of their charter schools and the positive impact charter schools have on their children and communities.

The charter school community is gathering in response to growing threats to charter schools including concerns of a moratorium on charter growth. Such a bill not only threatens the educational future of the 41,000 students currently served by charter schools, but also denies access to more than 20,000 students across the state who are on wait lists for access to a high quality education.  Charter school supporters from across the state are attending with representation from Newark, Camden, Trenton, Jersey City, Plainfield, and Atlantic City among others.

“To see the charter community uniting to have an open and respectful dialogue with legislators is extraordinary,” said Nicole D. Cole, Esq., President & CEO of the NJCSA.  “We stand behind our parents advocating for themselves, their children, and the right to select what is in the best interest for their child’s education. Our charter schools have a history of success and accountability. Parents are highlighting that success and demonstrating why charter schools are an integral part of the fabric of public school education.”

“The parents and advocates who will gather at the State House on Monday are the people directly impacted by any potential changes in charter policy including a charter moratorium, and their voices and experiences must be considered.  They have taken the time out of their hectic schedules to come to Trenton and attest to the fact that charter schools have changed the lives of their children for the better, and that is a powerful message that cannot be ignored,” added Janellen Duffy, Executive Director of JerseyCAN.

“Over 100 parents and six advocacy organizations are uniting to protect access to high quality education offered by charter schools.  This collaboration is unprecedented and speaks to the fact that charter schools are truly having a positive impact across the entire State of New Jersey,” said Shelley Skinner, Executive Director of the Better Education Institute (B4K).  “B4K is proud to be a part of this effort.”

More than 20 schools are expected to attend with support from a diverse coalition of statewide advocacy organizations, including the New Jersey Charter Schools Association, JerseyCAN, Better Education Institute (BEI), Parent Coalition for Excellent Education (PC2E), New Jersey Black Alliance for Educational Options (NJ BAEO), and Democrats for Education Reform (DFER).

About New Jersey Charter Schools Association
The New Jersey Charter Schools Association (NJCSA) is a statewide association representing the state’s charter sector. New Jersey is home to 89 charter schools, serving more than 41,000 children. NJCSA was formed in 1999 and today is charged with advancing a quality public education for New Jersey’s children through quality public charter schools. Our vision is that every child in the State of New Jersey has the opportunity to attend a high quality public school that best meets his or her needs. For more information, visit

About JerseyCAN
JerseyCAN: The New Jersey Campaign for Achievement Now is a nonprofit organization that advocates for a high-quality education for all New Jersey kids, regardless of their address. For more information, visit

About Better Education Institute
New Jersey’s disadvantaged children and low-income communities need a portfolio of high quality educational programs to level the playing field. The Better Education Institute (BEI) was created to address precisely this challenge. BEI will apply the best practices of the education sector to identify, import, test, and replicate the nation’s most effective educational practices and interventions.

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