N.J. Public Charter Schools Association awards $1.25M for new Jersey City charter school


The New Jersey Public Charter School Association has awarded $1.25 million for the new Kindle Education Public Charter School in Jersey City.

New Jersey Public Charter Schools Association President Harry Lee.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“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 statement.

“With these grants, we are unequivocally demonstrating our confidence in these schools to deliver on their promise to students, families, and their communities.”

Achievers Early College Prep Charter School and Paul Robeson Charter School in Trenton also each received $1.5 million, pending approval of their expansion requests from the New Jersey Department of Education.

This investment in charter schools in Trenton and Jersey City follows the DOE’s late December release of statewide student achievement data that verified that public charter schools are best positioned to improve student learning, particularly for low-income students of color.

The data shows Black and Latino public charter school students are twice as likely to be at grade level.

Kindle Education Public Charter School was already approved this past fall by the DOE to open a new public charter school in the Journal Square section in Jersey City.

They will open in the fall of 2023 with grades 6 and 7 and plans to grow each year until the school serves grades 6-12.

“We are thrilled to serve the diverse families of Jersey City. This CSP funding, in addition to the general support of the NJPCSA, will go a long way towards ensuring that we meet the needs of every student who walks through our doors,” added Kindle Co-Founders DJ Hartigan and Katie Hahn.

“Families can’t wait any longer and we must continue to invest in what works. Our charter leaders and teachers remain committed to meeting the immense challenges of this moment so that more students can recover socially, emotionally and academically,” concluded Lee.

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