Charter Schools Association awards $4.25M to 3 schools in Trenton, Jersey City

The New Jersey Public Charter Schools Association announced it intends to provide three schools with a total of $4.25 million in funding from its federal Charter School Program grant.

Achievers Early College Prep Charter School and Paul Robeson Charter School in Trenton will each receive $1.5 million, while Kindle Education in Jersey City will receive $1.25 million, the NJPCSA said in a news release.

“The Association is proud to award these high-performing charter schools with these grants to increase the number of high-quality educational seats in the state and expand opportunities for all students, particularly traditionally underserved students, to attend public charter schools,” NJPCSA President Harry Lee said in a prepared statement. “With these grants, we are unequivocally demonstrating our confidence in these schools to deliver on their promise to students, families and their communities.”

About the NJPCSA

The New Jersey Public Charter Schools Association is the nonprofit membership association that represents the state’s charter school community and, by extension, charter school students and their parents. There are currently 85 charter schools in New Jersey serving 60,000 students.

The NJPCSA is committed to advancing quality public education for New Jersey’s children through the cultivation of excellent public charter schools. The Association seeks to influence legislative and policy environments, leverage collective advocacy and provide resources to support members in developing and operating high-quality, public charter schools.

The grants to the two Trenton schools are contingent upon approval of expansion requests by the state Department of Education. A decision is expected in February.

The new Jersey City school was approved to open in the fall by the DOE.

In 2020, the NJPCSA was awarded a $63.2 million Charter School Program grant by the U.S. Department of Education. It administers the funding through a competitive subgrant program worth up to $1.5 million for operators of new, expanding and replicating charter schools.

Since receiving the funding, the NJPCSA has awarded $22.75 million to 17 schools over three rounds of awards, as well as the $3 million in conditional funding to the Trenton charter schools.