Spotlight Audio: Updating the State’s 20-Year-Old Charter-School Law

John Mooney | January 23, 2014 | Education
Does Democratic lawmaker’s plan go too far -- or not far enough - in revising rules for alternative schools?

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Much-anticipated charter school legislation drafted by state Assemblyman Troy Singleton is already generating positive buzz — but it’s also likely to encounter some stinging criticism.

Singleton’s proposal to update New Jersey’s 20-year-old charter school law would create a new entity to review applications, complementing the state Department of Education’s role in the process. It would also suggest, but not require, that charter schools try to shape their enrollment to reflect community demographics.

The plan has drawn criticism from those who want a local public vote on charter applications. But charter school advocates applaud that omission, saying that most if not all charter bids would be rejected if left up to the public.

NJ Spotlight education reporter John Mooney discusses Singleton’s draft legislation and related issues — such as the
growth of online charter schools — with Kimberly Hass of WHYY/NewsWorks, a partner of NJ Spotlight.

Listen to their discussion.