Press Release

NJPCSA Celebrates School Library Month with an Urgent Call to Fund New Jersey’s Public Charter School Facilities

Nearly 89% of public charter schools say their schools do not have libraries or that their school libraries are not adequate, highlighting a gap in resources that impedes student access to essential educational tools. Additionally, public charter schools are forced to fund their facilities from operating budgets, spending on average $2,000 per student, funding that would otherwise be used for teacher salaries, classroom supplies, and technology.

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NJPCSA Hosts ‘Charters Change Lives’ Gala to Honor Excellence in New Jersey’s Public Charter Schools

The gala featured Acting Commissioner of Education Kevin Dehmer and Mercer County Commissioner Samuel Frisby. Assemblywoman Dawn Fantasia (Morris, Sussex and Warren Counties) and Assemblyman Avi Schnall (Monmouth and Ocean Counties) also attended the event. Over 250 educators, supporters, and advocates gathered to celebrate the transformative work of public charter schools, which currently serve over 62,000 students across 85 schools in New Jersey.

NJ Spotlight News

Op-Ed: NJ Lawmakers Must Do More to Fund Public Charter School Facilities

Gov. Phil Murphy’s efforts to fully fund New Jersey’s school aid formula have gone a long way toward getting resources into under-resourced schools, helping to close long-standing educational gaps in our state. But while his commitment to maximizing the formula is laudable, there is still much to be done to ensure equity in funding, especially for public charter schools’ facility needs.

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NJPCSA Celebrates Three Public Charter Schools’ Achievements in Securing High Impact Tutoring Grants

“Public charter schools have always known the value of going above and beyond traditional educational methods to ensure every child succeeds, particularly in closing opportunity gaps. This investment by the New Jersey Department of Education into our public charter schools affirms the vital role that high-impact tutoring plays in student achievement and in making education equitable," states Harry Lee, President and CEO of the New Jersey Public Charter Schools Association.

NJ Spotlight News

Murphy’s pick as education commissioner is DOE veteran

“Kevin Dehmer’s reputation precedes him and his depth of knowledge, experience and relationships throughout the State will serve him well in this role. In particular, his unparalleled understanding of school funding and all fiscal matters will be critical as we look to continue to get resources into our most educationally disadvantaged communities,” Harry Lee, president and CEO of the New Jersey Public Charter Schools Association, said in a statement.

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Black, Latino ELA Students at Charter Schools in Newark Outpace N.J. Peers

TJ Best, senior advisor for the New Jersey Public Charter Schools Association, praised the progress: “While there is still work to do, our remarkable public charter school educators deserve recognition for the undeniable progress our students have made... They’ve accelerated learning and provided strong social and emotional supports for our students, particularly students of color in our urban districts. We must follow the data and replicate what works because our students deserve the best.”

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