Through Historically High Resources For Our Schools Combined With Revolutionary, Bipartisan Reforms, Governor Christie Is Working To Ensure Every Child Has Access To A Quality Education
ONE BILLION DOLLARS IN EDUCATION FUNDING INCREASES OVER TWO YEARS
Governor Christie's Fiscal Year 2013 Budget represents a commitment to provide both the resources and reforms to deliver opportunity to every New Jersey child with nearly $200 million in increased education aid and a bold reform agenda for education in New Jersey.
This is the largest appropriation of State education aid in New Jersey history.
HISTORIC BIPARTISAN CHANGES TO THE NATION’S OLDEST TENURE LAW
Marking the first extensive reform of New Jersey’s tenure law in over 100 years, Governor Christie signed into law the Teacher Effectiveness and Accountability for the Children of New Jersey (TEACHNJ) Act, a sweeping, bipartisan overhaul of the oldest tenure law in the nation. The legislation:
The law was the result of nearly two years of consistent and vocal advocacy for real education reform by Governor Christie and good faith, bipartisan cooperation with members of the legislature, education reform advocates, and stakeholder groups.
EXPANDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR CHILDREN TRAPPED IN FAILING SCHOOLS
The Urban Hope Act is designed to expand the education options available for children and parents who are trapped in some of New Jersey’s school districts with the largest achievement gaps.
The bill authorizes the conversion of failing schools into charter schools, and the designation of five failing school districts as Transformation School districts:
The nonprofits must have experience operating schools in low-achieving districts and commit to both building a new school and offering a rigorous academic program designed to prepare every student for college, career, and beyond.
ATTRACTING THE BEST CHARTER SCHOOL OPERATORS
Governor Christie has improved the authorizing and application process, encouraged more charter school applicants, created greater flexibility with administration and finances, and allowed districts to convert failing public schools into charters.
With the addition of nine newly approved schools set to open in September 2012, New Jersey is home to 86 charter schools.
The Christie Administration is also working to improve accountability for charter schools by instituting a new oversight program that will set clear expectations for charter school performance and will serve as the basis for school evaluation, monitoring, and intervention.