New Jersey has yet to see massive growth in online education, but online education still has a strong presence in the state. In fact, there is a helpful database that shows all of the online degrees and programs offered in New Jersey. Although state officials’ attempt to mandate that all public high school students take at least one online class before graduation in 2009 failed due to costs, other initiatives have been made to improve the higher education system and create more opportunities for online schools in New Jersey.
Higher Learning Initiatives
Building Our Future Bond Act
In November 2012, residents voted to pass the Building Our Future Bond Act, a bill granting the state of New Jersey permission to borrow $750 million. The money, which will be collected from taxpayers, will be used to improve the overall quality of state colleges and universities in an effort to encourage college-bound New Jersey students to attend college in-state.
AT&T Foundation Grant
In 2006, New Jersey’s state project, Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP), was awarded a $38,260 grant from the AT&T Foundation. The GEAR UP project trains middle school and high school teachers how to use technology in the classroom as well as how to promote college readiness for high school students.