NJSCERA to Host Policy Conference on the Future of the Camden Public School System

The New Jersey School Choice and Education Reform Alliance will host a Policy Conference on the Future of the Camden Public School System on Tuesday September 22, 2015 from 8am until noon.  The conference will be held at the Camden County College, Camden City Campus, and will feature presentations and panel discussions on the outcomes of the placement of strong leadership in the CCSD, the implementation of privately-run, publically-funded Renaissance Schools, and the growing number of and enrollment in traditional charter schools. The conference will also address the issue of whether the unique education changes in Camden can be an example for other urban districts around the country.

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NJSCERA New Jersey School Choice Legislative Survey Launched

The New Jersey School Choice and Education Reform Alliance reports that its comprehensive survey of New Jersey legislator views on school choice was delivered to all New Jersey State Assembly and Senate members on June 11th. The survey asks legislators for their positions on key school choice issues including charter expansion, education spending accounts, opportunity scholarships for students at failing New Jersey Schools, expanding interdistrict choice and other school choice policy issues. The Alliance stated that it intends to publish responses, rank legislators on school choice and focus public attention on legislators’  contributions to this key education policy debate.

 

 


Seventh Annual Charter Schools Conference

The New Jersey Charter Schools Association will host the 7th Annual Charter Schools Conference at Bally’s Atlantic City, on March 30th and 31st.  There will be over 50 breakout sessions for educators, administrators, and advocates; 100 vendors in the exhibit hall; and somewhere around 900 attendees. Keynote speakers include Mark Murphy of Lead New Jersey, Kim Verdusco of the Detroit Public Schools Charter School Office, and Commissioner Hespe. Find out more at http://njcharters.org/conference.

A daylong Charter School Board Institute will be held in conjunction with the conference on March 31st.  Find out more at  http://www.njcharters.org/conference/board-institute/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




NJSCERA Holds 2015 Strategic Planning Meeting

The New Jersey School Choice and Education Reform Alliance held a very successful and energized 2015 Strategic Planning Meeting on December 16, 2014 in East Brunswick.
The meeting was moderated by Former Congressman and NJSCERA Director Dick Zimmer and was attended by key supporters including representatives from the New Jersey Charter Schools Association, the New Jersey Interdistrict School Choice Association, The New Jersey Family Policy Council, Choice Media and several New Jersey Jewish and Catholic organizations.
Senator Tom Kean, Jr., Senate Minority Leader, and Chris Emigholz, Budget & Education Director for the NJ Senate Republican Office, spoke and fielded questions on school choice and education reform topics and Josh Pruzansky (Orthodox Union Advocacy Center) Valarie Smith(NJ Interdistrict School Choice Association) and Donna Siminski (New Jersey Charter Schools Association) led discussions on 2015 policy goals and strategies.
Bob Bowdon provided an overview of the successful Philly School Choice Media campaign as a possible template for a New Jersey school choice media campaign, Steve Looney, NJSCERA Treasurer, provided background on funding and Alliance participation goals and Pete Denton, founder of E3, closed the meeting underlining the encouraging results for 2014 and 2015 momentum to building an even larger “army” of supporters to promote school choice and education reform initiatives in Trenton and across the State.


Third Annual New Jersey School Choice Summit – January 23, 2015

Third Annual New Jersey School Choice Summit
Sponsored by Choice Media and the Saint Peters School of Education

Friday, January 23, 2015
Saint Peters University in Jersey City

The Summit, a featured event for the National School Choice Week effort, will represent a cross-section of the New Jersey school choice movement. The program will include speakers, films and panel discussions representing advocates of charter schools, vouchers, tax credit scholarships, online learning, inter-district choice and homeschooling. The program will also feature a bipartisan panel of state legislators and a representative from the state Department of Education.

Invited legislators include Troy Singleton (D), Teresa Ruiz (D,) Tom Keane (R,) and David Wolfe (R), along with other speakers including, Campbell Brown, Joel Klein, David Hespe, and George Norcross.

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Future for School Choice is Bright in Wisconsin

 

Future for School Choice is Bright in Wisconsin

 

MILWAUKEE (Nov. 10, 2014) – The Wisconsin Federation for Children (WFC) applauds Gov. Scott Walker and legislative leaders who have signaled a desire to lift the onerous enrollment cap on Wisconsin’s statewide school choice program from its 1,000 student limit.

“Recent legislative victories along with Gov. Walker’s re-election means thousands of Wisconsin children will have a brighter future and increased access to quality educational options,” said Brian Fraley, spokesperson for the Wisconsin Federation for Children. “Legislative leaders and the Governor have all pledged to expand the statewide school choice program and that is great news for Wisconsin families.”

A poll conducted by WFC in legislative swing districts this year showed the public’s support for expanding the statewide program.

When asked if they favor “Expanding Wisconsin’s statewide school choice program so that it would allow any working class Wisconsin parent to use taxpayer dollars to send their child to the public, private or religious school of their choice. The law currently only allows the poorest parents to be in the program,” 60 percent said they favored, 33 percent said strongly favored, and only 32 percent opposed.

When asked if they favor “Eliminating the cap on Wisconsin’s statewide school choice program so that more than 1,000 children can use taxpayer dollars to attend the public, private or religious school of their parents’ choice,” 56 percent said they favored, 35 percent strongly favored and only 38 percent opposed.

School choice critics and those who oppose expanding the program frequently focus on where school choice scholarship recipients previously went to school before receiving a scholarship as an indicator that the program should not be expanded to help even more low-income families. Fraley said politicians who focus  on this  ignore the fact that there are strict income guidelines for all scholarship recipients and these scholarships are  not available to wealthy private school enrollees.  Also, despite what opponents claim, the programs do not thrive at the detriment of local public schools.

“School choice does not deprive local school districts of funding,” said Fraley. “Those who peddle that talking point need to do their homework.”

Under the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program families that qualify for the federal poverty program that offers free and reduced priced lunch can receive state assistance to enroll in the private school of their choice. For example, a single mother with a child and an annual income of less than $29,095 would qualify for the statewide choice program. Currently the program is capped at providing scholarships for only 1,000 students.

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The American Federation for Children is the nation’s leading school choice advocacy organization and works in states across the country to help secure additional, high-quality educational options for families.  

The Wisconsin Federation for Children is the state-based affiliate of the American Federation for Children.

 

 

Media Contact: Brian Fraley (262) 225-3546

 

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