CAMDEN, NJ— Tonight, officials from the New Jersey Department of Education will hold a community focus group to help identify which priorities are most important to those impacted by charter schools in New Jersey.

The meeting will be held at the Salvation Army Kroc Center from 5 to 7 p.m.

Earlier this month, NJDOE began a statewide tour of nearly one dozen charter schools to engage with students, parents, administrators and other stakeholders to inform the State’s mission of assuring the best educational opportunities for all students.

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Gov. Phil Murphy has called for a "time out" on charter schools, and his administration has rejected all 13 charter school applications submitted to the state for approval this year.

In Camden, there are 12 charter school that have approximately 4,000 students enrolled.

The outreach tour has included nearly a dozen charter school visits, community focus groups, organized stakeholder collaboratives, webinars, and the opportunity to submit written feedback. The NJDOE will publish a report after the outreach concludes, detailing what the department learned while on the tour.

For more information, visit https://www.state.nj.us/education/outreach/.