What is a Charter School?
NJ Charter School Fact Sheet.
Charter schools are:
- Free. They cannot charge tuition.
- Open-enrollment. They are open to all students on a space-available basis with preference being given to students from the charter school's district or region of residence.
- Public schools.
A charter school operates under a charter granted by the Commissioner of Education and is independent of the local school district's board of education. It is managed by a board of trustees.
The state's charter school law was passed to give parents choices for their children's education. The law is intended to:
- Improve student learning and achievement;
- Increase the availability of choice to parents and students when selecting a learning environment;
- Encourage the use of different and innovative learning methods;
- Establish a new system of accountability for schools;
- Make the school the unit for educational improvement;
- Establish new professional opportunities for teachers.
Founders of a charter school can be teaching staff members, parents with children attending schools of the district or a combination of both, as well as institutions of higher education or a private entity located within the state in conjunction with teaching staff members and parents.
- As of September 2015, there are 89 approved charter schools currently operating in New Jersey.
- As of September 2015, there are nearly 42,000 students enrolled in public charter schools across the state.