Voucher bill lurking in NJ
S-1872/A-2810, the private school voucher bill misleading called the “Opportunity Scholarship Act” by its supporters, appears to have stalled, at least temporarily, after passing through several committees earlier this year.
The voucher bill would drain nearly $1 billion in state funding from public schools in many of New Jersey’s poorest urban districts. It faces significant public opposition despite having several high profile backers in the Legislature along with Gov. Christie.
NJEA has mounted a vigorous campaign to educate members and the public of the threat the bill poses to schools already reeling from Gov. Christie’s massive budget cuts. NJEA members should continue urging legislators to oppose this voucher bill.
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Statement of Assemblywoman Mila M. Jasey on A-2810, the Opportunity Scholarship Act
Viewpoint: Voucher program would not help students - northjersey.com, Feb. 10, 2011
Braun: N.J. vouchers would wrongly use taxes for schools with religious affiliations – nj.com, Feb. 10, 2011
'Opportunity Scholarship Act' will not help kids in struggling schools - nj.com, Feb. 9, 2011
What Do OSA Advocates Have to Hide? - njspotlight.com, Feb. 8, 2011
Braun: Vouchers hearing is latest political gimmick masquerading as school reform - nj.com, Feb. 7, 2011
Education voucher scheme is both drastic, desperate: Morgan's Corner - nj.com, Feb. 2, 2011
Opinion: Deception, Fiscal Irresponsibility, School Vouchers – njspotlight.com, Jan. 24, 2011
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