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NJ VOUCHER BILL OPPONENTS TURN UP THE HEAT

Published on: June 15, 2010

Supporters of public education have a lot on their plates: the extreme school aid cuts in Governor Christie's proposed State budget, the Alternative High School Assessment debacle that could cost thousands of high school seniors their diplomas, and the lack of any movement on preschool expansion, to name just a few.

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STUDENTS BRING SCHOOL FUNDING NEEDS TO NJ HIGH COURT

Published on: June 8, 2010

On June 8, 2010, New Jersey public school children requested that the NJ Supreme Court enforce its May 2009 Abbott decision upholding the State's funding formula, the School Funding Reform Act of 2008, or SFRA.

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NJ NEWSPAPERS, AMONG OTHERS, SAY NO TO VOUCHERS

Published on: May 25, 2010

Opposition to the "voucher bill" (S1872, packaged as "scholarships") is growing throughout the Garden State. More and more parents, educators and taxpayers have decided that giving away $360 million in public funds to private and religious schools, without strict accountability for the use of those funds, is a bad deal for public schools and the State Treasury.

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NJDOE CREATES AHSA APPEALS PROCESS, THOUSANDS STILL AT RISK

Published on: May 25, 2010

Responding to increasing pressure over its mishandling of a new graduation test, the NJ Department of Education has created a last-minute "appeals process" for students at risk of not graduating because of their scores on the Alternate High School Assessment (AHSA).

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VOUCHER OPPONENTS OUT IN FORCE AT SENATE COMMITTEE MEETING

Published on: May 13, 2010

A large crowd descended on the State House Annex in Trenton to voice strong opposition to Senator Raymond Lesniak's voucher bill (S1872, "Opportunity Scholarship Act"). The bill was taken up by the Senate Economic Growth Committee, chaired by Senator Lesniak.

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LET'S FOLLOW THE LEAD OF ILLINOIS LEGISLATORS AND DUMP VOUCHER BILL

Published on: May 11, 2010

Last week, a bill to establish a taxpayer-funded program to provide vouchers for a limited number of students in "failing" Chicago public schools to attend private and religious schools was decisively defeated in the Illinois State Legislature.

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NJDOE FLUNKS AHSA TEST, BUT THOUSANDS OF SENIORS WILL PAY

Published on: May 11, 2010

Thousands of high school seniors will not graduate next month unless Education Commissioner Bret Schundler and the NJ Department of Education (NJDOE) move quickly to correct the Department's mishandling of the new Alternate High School Assessment (AHSA).

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MR. CHRISTIE GOES TO WASHINGTON PUSHING EVEN MORE CUTS TO NJ PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Published on: May 3, 2010

Today, Governor Christopher Christie will give the keynote address at a Washington, D.C. summit of groups promoting private school vouchers.

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