Nearly 200 New Jersey Charter Schools Parents and Leaders Gather; Demonstrate Their Community Public Charter Schools Change Lives of Students
TRENTON, NJ—Nearly 200 New Jersey public charter school parents, leaders, and supporters from across the state will gather in Trenton at the New Jersey State House on Monday, February 27, 2017. The goal of the predominantly-parent attendees is to deliver one clear message: public charter schools are changing lives, adding value to their children’s education, and creating opportunities for students across the state.
Parents attending will represent more than 45,000 students in New Jersey’s 88 public charter schools across the state and have a strategy to continue engaging their elected officials. “I’m here today because this issue is about equality and opportunity for all kids, not just my own children,” said Haneef Auguste. “I made a conscious decision to send my four children to KIPP New Jersey Schools because I wanted something better for my children and couldn’t afford to move or pay for private school. No one should stand in the way of any child’s chance at a better life, especially when the circumstances in some of our communities are so dire.”
Parents plan to share their personal stories, including the ways in which public charter schools support students with special needs. “We initially chose HoLa for our son because it provided a unique curriculum: full immersion in the Spanish language and culture,” said Lynn Danzker whose 6th grade son attends HoLa (Hoboken Dual Language Charter School). She added, “We’ve stayed at HoLa because of the nurturing environment. In 2nd grade, our son’s teacher noticed that he was struggling academically. HoLa worked diligently to identify his needs, developed an I.E.P. and provided him with the services necessary to be successful. Today our 6th grader is an Honor Roll student. If there’s any doubt, please know that public charter schools do have the resources and the desire to assist children with special needs, and they too can achieve great success alongside their peers.”
Public charter school parents committed to taking the following actions in the coming months to publicly demonstrate their support:
Public charter schools are serving their communities and doing so with extraordinary success. Schools from across the state have demonstrated excellence and success in a number of areas:
Fantastic opportunities are being created for children attending public charter schools. It must be our state’s unified goal to ensure that academic opportunities exist for every child across the state, regardless of their ZIP code, skin color, socioeconomic standing, or the school they attend.
Nearly 200 parent advocates representing over 20 public charter schools (see below for a complete list of public charter schools) will be in attendance. The parents are supported by a diverse coalition of statewide advocacy organizations, including the New Jersey Charter Schools Association, Better Education Institute (BEI), JerseyCAN, Democrats for Education Reform (DFER), Newark Charter School Fund (NSCF), and Parent Coalition for Excellent Education (PC2E).
BelovED Community Charter School
Camden Community Charter School
Central Jersey College Prep Charter School
Community Charter School of Paterson
Great Oaks Community Charter School
Hoboken Dual Language Charter School
Hope Community Charter School
iLearn Charter Schools
Bergen Arts & Science Charter School
Hudson Arts & Science Charter School
Passaic Arts & Science Charter School
Paterson Arts & Science Charter School
Learning Community Charter School
KIPP New Jersey
LEAP Academy University Charter School
New Horizons Community Charter School
PACE Charter School of Hamilton
Paul Robeson Charter School
Phillips Academy Charter School
Queen City Charter School
The Barack Obama Green Charter High School
The Ethical Community Charter School
The Kingdom Charter School
UnCommon Schools, North Star
Unity Charter School
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 88 charter schools, serving nearly 50,000 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 www.njcharters.org.
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.
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 www.jerseycan.org.