NJEA’s education reform plan calls for greater access to public school choice options for parents and students across the state. NJEA will support legislation to increase the number of magnet schools available to students. We will also push to expand the existing interdistrict public school choice program, so that more students in more places have the option to attend public schools outside of their own school districts.
In addition, NJEA supports current legislation to expand the number of charter school authorizers to include as many as three four-year public institutions of higher education. They would authorize and oversee charter schools beyond those approved by the N.J. Department of Education. And we support legislation that would allow high-performing private schools to convert to public charter schools, subject to all of the accountability expected of public charter schools.