New Jersey offers parents limited school choice options. The state does not support private school choice.
Public School Choice:
New Jersey offers some public school choice through inter-district and intra-district open enrollment policies. However, only certain districts participate in these programs.
Private School Choice:
New Jersey does not offer private school choice.
The Center for Education Reform reports that New Jersey has just an average charter school law because only states can approve charter applications. Furthermore, charter schools face high opposition from local school districts. As of 2013, nearly 31,000 students were attending the state’s 86 public charter schools, according to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.
New Jersey offers very limited online learning opportunities to students. According to the Keeping Pace with K-12 Online Learning report, there are no state-led programs. However, 43 middle and high schools are part of the Virtual High School Global Consortium, which provided 1,363 course enrollments in 2010-2011. Monmouth Ocean Educational Services Commission also provides supplemental, tuition-based online courses. The state's first virtual charter school, the New Jersey Virtual Academy Charter School, opened in 2012.
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