About this episode:
The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) and our Commissioner of Education, Lamont Repolett are embarking on a review of New Jersey public charter schools. With so much false or misguided information spread around about these schools, who better to hear opinions from than parents, teachers, administration, and experts in our state’s charter schools. Over the next few months, PEP will be hosting guests from cities throughout NJ to speak about charter schools and its impact on children.
First up; Newark NJ, one of the largest cities and therefore the highest concentration of charter schools in the state. Newark currently houses 19 of the states 89 charter schools. Around 33% (17,000) of Newark students attend charters and it is estimated to rise to 44% (26,798) by 2022. Obviously charter schools are doing something right to be in such high demand. Let’s see if we can figure out what that is.