HAMILTON, NJ - While New Jersey's public charter schools "have found remarkable ways to meet the needs of our students and families during this public health crisis," New Jersey Public Charter Schools Association President and CEO Harry Lee said Friday, they continue to need State guidance and resources to navigate the educational roadblocks caused by the pandemic. 

Lee issued the statement reacting to Governor Murphy’s introduction of his Administration's $1.2 billion 'The Road Forward' initiative, a plan developed to help offset the challenges of providing education during the COVID-19 school closures. The plan also calls for a request for federal waiver on conducting statewide assessments this year.

With over $100 million in competitive and non-competitive grants to deal with learning loss and to provide mental health services to students and staff being made available the initiative, Lee said, addresses two of the top concerns among the schools within his organization.

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“We know that going forward data will play a critical role in ensuring our most vulnerable students get the services they need. That is why we also appreciate the commonsense approach to the collection and analysis of student learning data while also not overburdening already-strained students and schools with the spring administration of statewide assessments.”

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