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Charters and Vouchers

LEGALLY FLAWED CHARTER REGULATIONS MUST BE FLATLY REJECTED

Published on: June 5, 2012

In testimony submitted to the State Board of Education, ELC declared that proposed changes by the NJDOE to New Jersey’s existing charter school regulations were fundamentally inconsistent with the state’s current charter law and should be flatly rejected.

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VOUCHERS DEFEATED IN PA: LET'S KEEP NJ VOUCHER FREE

Published on: December 20, 2011

Recently, the Pennsylvania Legislature soundly rejected a much scaled-down version of a voucher bill. The voucher defeat in Pennsylvania contains important lessons for New Jersey legislators considering similar legislation for the Garden State.

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NJDOE KEEPS CHARTER REVIEW PROCESS SHROUDED IN SECRECY

Published on: October 5, 2011

It came as a big surprise when Acting Commissioner Christopher Cerf recently announced the approval of only four new charters out of 60 in the latest round of charter applications. Was this decision connected with a more rigorous review process or the current election season?

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LESSONS FROM GEORGIA AND WISCONSIN: NJ VOUCHER BILL WILL LEAD TO WASTE, ABUSE AND SEGREGATION

Published on: June 16, 2011

New Jersey lawmakers should pay close attention to the experiences of Georgia and Wisconsin. Both states have enacted voucher schemes that have made news lately as researchers document the waste, abuse and student segregation caused by these programs.

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CHARTER SCHOOL REFORM BILL ADVANCES

Published on: June 16, 2011

Recently, Assembly Education Committee members overwhelmingly voted to support proposed legislation to improve accountability and oversight of New Jersey’s charter schools.

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TIME TO OVERHAUL NJ'S CHARTER SCHOOL LAW

Published on: May 16, 2011

Charter schools, along with private school vouchers, are the centerpiece of Governor Christie's education "reform" agenda.

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PRESIDENT OBAMA GETS IT RIGHT: VOUCHERS WILL HURT, NOT IMPROVE, PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Published on: March 31, 2011

Support is fading fast in the NJ Legislature for a bill that would divert public funds to subsidize private and religious schools through so-called "vouchers." The non-partisan Office of Legislative Services (OLS) recently confirmed that the 40,000 vouchers proposed in the bill would result in the loss of almost $850 million from the State Treasury.

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NJ SHOULD JOIN OTHER STATES IN REJECTING VOUCHER BILL

Published on: July 13, 2010

Growing opposition has stalled the voucher bill, aka the "Opportunity Scholarship Act," in the NJ Legislature.

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