When considering public school choice options, access is important, but accountability is critical as well. NJEA supports legislation already introduced to raise accountability standards for charter schools. A-3356/S-3001 calls for charter schools to meet the same accountability and safety standards as traditional public schools.
This bill also attempts to provide more students with access to charter schools by automatically enrolling students from across the district and allowing them to opt out, rather than waiting for only a few families who choose to opt in. That change will address the concern that charter schools do not serve populations representative of the districts in which they operate.