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1 1 Nonpublic Charter Conversion Office of Charter Schools Non-Public Charter Conversion Regulations- 6A:11A

2 2 Purpose Purpose: To enable a high quality nonpublic school within a low-performing school district to convert to a charter school pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:36A-4.1 Conversion to charter school by certain nonpublic schools. Legislation passed on November 10, 2011.

3 4 Eligibility- Districts Eligible Districts According N.J.S.A. 18A:36A-4.1 conversion schools are to be located in a failing district, defined as a district in need of improvement pursuant to the provisions of the "No Child Left Behind Act of 2001* Listed below are the school districts identified for improvement in the school year: COUNTYDISTRICT ATLANTICGREATER EGG HARBOR REGION ATLANTICHAMILTON TOWNSHIP ATLANTICMAINLAND REGIONAL ATLANTICSOMERS POINT BERGENRAMAPO INDIAN HILLS REGIO BURLINGTONBURLINGTON CITY BURLINGTONBURLINGTON COUNTY VOCATIO BURLINGTONLENAPE REGIONAL HS DISTRI BURLINGTONMOUNT LAUREL TOWNSHIP BURLINGTONRANCOCAS VALLEY REGIONAL CAMDENBLACK HORSE PIKE REGIONAL CAMDENCAMDEN CITY CAMDENCAMDEN COUNTY VOCATIONAL COUNTYDISTRICT CAMDENEASTERN CAMDEN COUNTY REG CAMDENMOUNT EPHRAIM BOROUGH CAMDENSTERLING HIGH SCHOOL DIST CAMDENWINSLOW TOWNSHIP CUMBERLANDCUMBERLAND REGIONAL DISTR CUMBERLANDFAIRFIELD TOWNSHIP CUMBERLANDMILLVILLE ESSEXESSEX COUNTY VOCATIONAL S ESSEXIRVINGTON TOWNSHIP ESSEX NEWARK ESSEX CITY OF ORANGE TOWNSHIP HUDSONJERSEY CITY HUDSONWEST NEW YORK * Please note that this determination is no longer valid under the ESEA waiver. Individual districts can apply to the Commissioner to be removed from this list.

4 Eligibility- Districts Eligible Districts * (continued) COUNTYDISTRICT HUNTERDONHUNTERDON CENTRAL REGIONA MERCEREWING TOWNSHIP MERCERHAMILTON TOWNSHIP MERCERTRENTON MIDDLESEXMIDDLESEX COUNTY VOCATION MIDDLESEXNEW BRUNSWICK MONMOUTHASBURY PARK MONMOUTHFREEHOLD BOROUGH MONMOUTHFREEHOLD REGIONAL HIGH SC MONMOUTHLONG BRANCH MONMOUTHMONMOUTH REGIONAL H S DI MONMOUTHRED BANK REGIONAL H S DI MONMOUTHSHORE REGIONAL HIGH SCHOO OCEANLAKEWOOD TOWNSHIP OCEANPINELANDS REGIONAL PASSAICCLIFTON COUNTYDISTRICT PASSAICLAKELAND REGIONAL PASSAICPASSAIC CITY PASSAICPASSAIC VALLEY REGIONAL PASSAICPASSAIC COUNTY VOCATIONAL PASSAICPATERSON SALEM PENNS GROVE CARNEYS POINT SALEMSALEM CITY SUSSEXSUSSEX COUNTY VOCATIONAL UNIONELIZABETH UNIONLINDEN UNIONROSELLE BOROUGH UNIONUNION TOWNSHIP CHARTEREast Orange Community CS CHARTERLady Liberty Academy Charter CHARTERUniversity Academy Charter School * Please note that this determination is no longer valid under the ESEA waiver. Individual districts can apply to the Commissioner to be removed from this list. 5

5 3 Eligibility- Non-Public Eligible Non-Public Schools: Only nonpublic schools that are considered high-performing can be considered for charter school status. High performing means a nonpublic school that ranked in the 66th percentile or higher on a norm-referenced achievement test in the school year prior to the school year in which a conversion application is submitted. A norm-referenced achievement test means the California Achievement Test (CAT), Metropolitan Achievement Test (MAT), Stanford Achievement Test (SAT), the Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills (CTBS) or one of the tests within the CTBS.

6 6 Application Process Application: Nonpublic school conversion candidates follow the application process for all charter school applicants pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:11-2.1, with the exception of testing requirements pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:36A- 4.1.

7 7 Enrollment Enrollment: The proposed conversion charter school must provide enrollment preference in the first year of operation to students previously enrolled in the nonpublic school. After the first year of operation, a converted charter school must enroll students through the open registration and lottery process as per N.J.S.A. 18A:36A-7 and 8.

8 5 Teaching Staff Teaching Staff: Teaching staff and other employees of the nonpublic school may continue employment at the charter school upon its conversion. Any employee not appropriately certified pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:36A-14 must take immediate action towards receiving required New Jersey certification and must be in full compliance with all certification requirements within two years of the school's conversion.

9 6 Facility Facility: A nonpublic school that converts to a charter school may be located in the same school building in which the nonpublic school was located. The facility is exempt from public school facility regulations except those pertaining to the health or safety of pupils. A charter school, including a converted nonpublic school, may not construct a facility with public funds other than federal funds.

10 8 Former Nonpublic Religious Schools Former Nonpublic Religious Schools: Upon conversion to charter school status the school must prohibit religious instruction, events, and activities that promote religious views. The school cannot display any religious symbols. The school name cannot contain any religious reference.

11 8 Conclusion Conclusion: The Department will propose code language to be inserted into subchapter N.J.A.C. 6A:11A to address all of the areas that are affected by the implementation of N.J.S.A. 18A:36A-4.1.


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