A Rutgers University report found New Jersey charter schools have grown significantly but continue to enroll proportionally fewer special-education students and those with limited-English proficiency than their sending district public schools.
Charter schools are publically funded but privately operated. Rubin and Weber charter schools will receive an anticipated $750 million in funding from New Jersey’s school districts this year, more than four and a half times the $164 million transferred to charter schools a decade ago.
The report also found that special-ed students enrolled in charter schools tend to have less costly disabilities compared to those in public schools.
It recommends “the New Jersey Department of Education re-examine the state’s charter school law to align the power to authorize new and expand existing charter schools with the financial impact of those decisions.”