Statement Regarding New Public Charter School Regulations Being Discussed
The Newark Charter School Fund (NCSF) issues the following statement regarding the new public charter school regulations being discussed today in Trenton:
“Families across Newark are demanding the highest quality school options for their children at both traditional public and public charter schools across the city and they deserve nothing less. Newark public charter schools currently educate about one-third of the city’s public school children and are consistently selected as the top choice by parents in the Newark enrollment system. When we look at the facts, Newark public charter schools are successfully educating historically underserved student populations - over 80 percent of Newark public charter school students are African American and over 80 percent are eligible for free or reduced lunch. The new public charter school regulations being discussed in Trenton today will not only expand high quality educational options for our students and families, but will allow public charter schools to continue to innovate and positively transform our education system to the benefit of all students. Expanding access to high quality school options is one of the most critical issues as we prepare children to succeed in the 21st century economy, and in Newark, high quality public charter schools are delivering excellent educational options to meet the needs of students and families, serving as a critical component of the Newark educational landscape.”
-Michele Mason, Executive Director, Newark Charter School Fund
About the Newark Charter School Fund
Established in 2008, the Newark Charter School Fund (NCSF) is a non-profit organization that makes grants to support the quality, growth, and sustainability of Newark’s public charter school sector. The Fund’s mission is to improve Newark’s public charter schools in order to provide all of Newark’s students with access to great schools in collaboration with district efforts to improve the quality of Newark public education.