|Charter Schools--Bloustein Study, 2-18|
BALANCING THE GROWTH OF NJ’S CHARTER SCHOOLS AND PUBLIC EDUCATION
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – New Jersey charter schools have seen a dramatic increase in enrollment and funding that they receive from New Jersey school districts, and are educating a fundamentally different student population than the districts where their students reside, according to a new report by researchers from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.
The report, New Jersey Charter Schools: a Data-Driven View, 2018 Update—Part I, authored by Julia Sass Rubin, Bloustein School associate professor of public policy and Mark Weber, Ph.D. candidate at the Rutgers Graduate School of Education, found that New Jersey charter schools have grown significantly in enrollment, number of sending districts, and financial impact, specifically noting that:
Despite this growth, Rubin and Weber found that New Jersey charter schools continue to enroll a fundamentally different student population than the districts where their students reside:
In light of these findings, the authors recommend that New Jersey and the New Jersey Department of Education re-examine the state’s charter school law to align the power to authorize new and expand existing charter schools with the financial impact of those decisions as well as modify the criteria used to evaluate the state’s charter schools.
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