New Jersey property taxpayers should have the right to vote on whether establishing a charter school is appropriate for their communities.
In September 2010, Sen. Barbara Buono (D-Dist. 18) and Sen. Shirley Turner (D-Dist. 15) introduced S-2243, a bill that would require voter approval at the annual school election or by the board of school estimate prior to the establishment of a charter school. In June 2011, the New Jersey Assembly overwhelmingly passed an identical bill, A3852. Unfortunately, S-2243 has stalled in the Senate Education Committee.
If S-2243 is not passed and signed into law by the start of the new legislative session next month, the bill may die and A3852 will be nullified. I urge all New Jerseyans to call Senate Education Committee Chair Teresa Ruiz (D-Dist. 29) at (973) 484-1000 to ask her to post the bill, and Senate Majority Leader Stephen Sweeney (D-Dist 3) at (856) 251-9801 to request that he put S-2243 to a vote.
- Joshua Fine, Highland Park