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Charters and Vouchers

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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GOVERNOR CHRISTIE: LESNIAK BILL FIRST STEP TO SCHOOL VOUCHERS ACROSS NEW JERSEY

Published on: June 23, 2010

Governor Christopher Christie yesterday made clear that any further restrictions on private school vouchers in Senator Raymond Lesniak's voucher bill (S1872) are unacceptable.

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JUST SAY "NO" TO ANOTHER REWRITE OF VOUCHER BILL

Published on: June 22, 2010

Education Law Center, New Jersey's leading advocate for public school students, is calling on legislators to "just say no" to a last ditch effort to bring school vouchers to the state, this time by rewriting the bill to secure the support of "local legislators."

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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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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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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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