Charter Schools – 2000, Update 2015
The original LWVNJ position statement (2000), supports the intent of the 1995 legislation that established charter schools as a means to encourage innovation within local public schools. However, that support came with qualifications; furthermore, the educational landscape has changed substantially over the past 15 years.
The study materials included: 1) accountability, including school governance, student achievement, and communication of innovative practices and curricula to the district public schools; 2) the role of district residents in charter approval; 3) what organizations should be allowed to authorize charter schools; 4) full-time virtual charter schools; and 5) oversight of educational management organizations in the operation of charter schools.
The LWVNJ Education Committee formed the position from the consensus of 26 leagues, (816 members). The study materials on the areas listed above were developed by the committee.