From the Christie Administration’s press release:
The Department of Education will use the award for three activities. First, the Department will subgrant to new charter schools in their first three years to support start up efforts as the new schools grow to scale. Second, the Department will subgrant to existing, high-quality charter schools looking to expand, reinforcing the Department’s commitment to replicating and expanding proven models. Lastly, the Department will support the sharing of best practices between charters and district schools to make sure that all public school students benefit from innovative and successful practices.
“According to data over the past several years, charter schools on average across the state are outperforming other district options for students in high-need communities. However, we must also be honest that just as some district schools are failing students, some charter schools in New Jersey are also not performing at the level their students deserve,” said Acting Commissioner Cerf. “In exchange for greater autonomy to innovate and meet the specific needs of their students, charters have been held to strict account for the results they achieve in the classroom for students. We will not accept failure for our state’s children and will continue to hold all of our schools, both district and charter, accountable for their results.”