NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Eager, hopeful and potential future teachers were at the annual education career fair at Rutgers University.

WCBS 880’s Levon Putney reports there were long lines to talk with the public school reps, but only a few people were talking with charter schools.

“I think there is a misconception about charter schools in that we are public schools, we do have public money,” said Ramik Williams of the St. Hope Leadership Academy in Harlem.

WCBS 880 Reporter Levon Putney spoke with school officials and job-seekers

Williams is hoping to recruit candidates from New Jersey because of the all the cutbacks in state education.

“It’s the perfect time to come over here,” said Williams.

New Jersey school officials are wondering if those cutbacks will discourage some against entering the education field.

“If there is a pull-back, I think it’ll be minimum,” said Mike Matyas, a West Morris Mendham High School principal.

The Rutgers Career Center Director Richard White said fewer public schools attended the fair than previous years, but about six charter schools that are actively hiring attended.

“Schools that are here understand that they need to continue to attract new talent,” said White.

Over 40 public and private schools were part of the fair and hundreds of applicants looking for a job.

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