Myth Busted: NJ Education Groups React to New Boston University Study Proving Newark Charter School Do Not Push Out High-Need Students

New Jersey education groups are highlighting a study released today by researchers at the Boston University Wheelock Educational Policy Center. The study found that, contrary to the allegations made by some anti-charter critics, students who need Special Education services and English Language Learners are not being systematically pushed out of charter schools. In fact, these two high-need student groups were more likely to remain enrolled at charter schools and more likely to improve their learning such that they no longer needed special education and english language learner services.

NJPCSA Announces Winners of the Call-for-Stories from Teachers

Today, the New Jersey Public Charter School Association (NJPCSA) announced the winners of its Teachers of Diverse Backgrounds Initiative call-for-stories. The call-for-stories garnered a significant number of compelling stories from public charter school teachers from across the state. After weeks of careful review, eleven teachers have been selected and will be awarded a $2,000 cash prize in addition to being featured in a video to tell their unique stories.

New Stanford Study: Newark Charters Post Best Student Learning Gains in the Nation

According to a new study out of Stanford University, Newark’s public charter schools are the best in the nation, with student learning gains outpacing every other city studied since 2019. Newark charter schools posted student learning gains of 72 additional school days per year in Reading and 94 additional school days per year in Math compared to the state average, far outperforming all other cities and ranking them #1 in the country.

Protecting Your Career: Why Teachers Need Liability Insurance

A few years ago, Sean Lanigan was a well-liked elementary school gym teacher living in a small town. Sean had taught at the suburban school in his close knit community for more than thirteen years, where he also coached a high school boys’ soccer team and various club teams in the area, receiving accolades and rave reviews from students and community members for over a decade. That was until the rug was swiftly pulled from under him when he was falsely accused of misconduct by a student looking for revenge after he had disciplined her.

Statement Reacting to Governor Murphy’s Announcement About State Learning Loss Initiatives, Mental Health Support, and the State’s Plan to Seek a Federal Waiver on Conducting Statewide Assessments This Year

New Jersey Public Charter Schools Association President and CEO Harry Lee issued the following statement reacting to Governor Murphy’s announcement about State learning loss initiatives, mental health support, and the State’s plan to seek a federal waiver on conducting statewide assessments this year.

Press Release: New Jersey Public Charter Schools Association Welcomes Theodore (T.J.) Best as its Government Affairs Director

Theodore (T.J.) Best had joined the New Jersey Public Charter Schools Association as its new Director of Government Affairs. Best brings with him 18 years of public policy and education experience. Born and raised in Paterson, Best has served on the Paterson Board of Education and is the youngest County Commissioner to be elected in Passaic County. Prior to joining the Association, he worked for the New Jersey Department of Education as a monitor for the Paterson School District.

Public Charter and Renaissance School Survey Demonstrates $900 Million Needed for Critical School Construction

Today, the New Jersey Charter Schools Association (NJCSA) and JerseyCAN released a report titled, Include All Public Schools In Facilities Funding: $900 million needed to address public charter and renaissance school facilities concerns. The report included a survey that found that public charter and renaissance schools are in need of $900 million in construction, renovation, or capital improvement funds over the next decade to provide safe and secure school buildings for students.

Press Release: Trenton, Paterson, Newark and Camden Parents Join NJCSA To Ask Supreme Court To Include All Public Schools In Court-Ordered Plan For School Facilities Funding

On Monday, a group of parents from Trenton, Paterson, Newark, and Camden joined with the state’s charter school association to file briefs with the New Jersey Supreme Court in the long-running Abbott v. Burke line of cases. The group filed “Friends of the Court” or “Amicus” briefs asking the state’s highest court to add public charter and renaissance school student needs to any court-ordered plan for school construction funding, and thereby bring more funding to their cities.

Include All Public Schools In Facilities Funding: $900 million needed to address public charter and renaissance school facilities concerns

In New Jersey, public schools across the state are experiencing significant unmet facilities needs. These range from the need for new classrooms and buildings to alleviate overcrowding to health and safety concerns due to old and decrepit school buildings. These facilities challenges exist for all public schools – whether they are traditional district schools, magnet schools, public charter schools, renaissance schools, or vocational schools.

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