November 1, 2012
Dear Commissioner Cerf:
I am writing to you today in connection with my concern that the impact of Hurricane Sandy may have a profound impact on the ability of New Jersey public school students to take full advantage of the opportunity provided by the Interdistrict Public School Choice program.
As the Department of Education is no doubt aware, N.J.A.C. 6A:12-4.3 establishes November 1 and March 1 as the deadlines by which written notice of intent to participate in the choice program must be submitted on behalf of students by interested parents and legal guardians. Given the huge impact that Hurricane Sandy has had on New Jersey, I would like to propose that the Department of Education relax the requirements imposed by N.J.A.C 6A:12-4.3 and extend the current application cycle that would otherwise end today. Doing so would allow interested parents and legal guardians the opportunity to take advantage of the opportunities provided by the choice program despite the dramatic events of recent days.
As a leading voice in the struggle for increased educational opportunities, we at E3 believe that the Interdistrict Public School Choice program is an essential element of the services that the Department of Education provides to New Jersey’s public school students. We are confident that you share in our belief and sincerely hope that you are willing to consider our proposal. Thank you for your kind consideration in this matter. Any questions or concerns may be directed to my attention at your convenience.
Christy Davis Jackson
President & CEO