New Jersey

School Choice Policies

Charter School Choice

Do state statutes allow for charter schools?

Are for-profit charters allowed?

Did not find

Is there a cap on the number of charter schools?

Are charters required to provide transportation for any students?

No-

"The students who reside in the school district in which the charter school is located shall be provided transportation to the charter school on the same terms and conditions as transportation is provided to students attending the schools of the district. Non-resident students shall receive transportation services pursuant to regulations established by the State board."

According to NJ Department of Education:
"The transportation of students to and from a charter school is the responsibility of the board of education of the school district in which the student resides."

NJ Statutes Annotated 18A:36A-13 Transportation for Students
NJ Department of Education- School Finance Frequently Asked Questions

Can charter schools employ uncertified teachers?

No-

All classroom teachers and professional support staff shall hold New Jersey certification.

NJ Statutes Annotated 18A:36A-14(c) Authority of board of trustees; employees

Virtual School Choice

Do state statutes allow for full-time virtual schools?

Did not find-

We did not find anything about virtual schools in New Jersey statutes. Education Commission of the States states that state law does not allow for virtual charter schools.

Education Commission of the States 50 State Comparison

Are virtual schools required to track attendance?

Did not find

Do virtual schools have to comply with state teacher certification requirements?

Did not find

Private School Choice

Do state statutes allow for voucher programs?

No-

No voucher programs found.

EdChoice School Choice in America

Do state statutes allow for educational expense tax credits or deductions?

No-

No educational expense tax credits or deductions found.

EdChoice School Choice in America

Can students use vouchers to attend religious schools?

Not Applicable

Is there a cap on the number of students or private schools participating in voucher programs?

Not Applicable

Are voucher students in private schools required to take any standardized tests?

Not Applicable

Can private schools be removed from voucher programs based on performance?

Not Applicable

Are private schools in voucher programs required to provide transportation?

Not Applicable

Interdistrict School Choice

Do state statutes allow for interdistrict choice?

Yes-

"The Commissioner of Education shall establish an interdistrict public school choice program which shall provide for the creation of choice districts. A choice district may enroll students across district lines in designated schools of the choice district."

NJ Statutes Annotated 18A:36B-16 Interdistrict public school choice program

Are receiving schools or districts required to provide transportation to any students?

No-

Transportation is the responsibility of the sending district: "Transportation, or aid in-lieu-of transportation, shall be provided to an elementary school pupil who lives more than two miles from the choice district school of attendance and to a secondary school pupil who lives more than two and one-half miles from the choice district school of attendance, provided the choice district school is not more than 20 miles from the residence of the pupil."

NJ Statutes Annotated 18A:36B-22(a) Provision of transportation, aid in-lieu-of transportation

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