New Jersey Schools Voucher Bill Advances

Thursday, 03 Feb 2011 01:11 PM

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A New Jersey bill to fund scholarships and transfers for children stuck in failed public schools is close to passage despite opposition from teachers’ unions and education bureaucrats, The Wall Street Journal reports.

The proposal championed by Gov. Chris Christie would add New Jersey to the handful of states that allow public funds to go to private and religious schools.

People for and against were converging today on the state capital of Trenton to attend a hearing on the bill as it moves another step closer to a final vote.

Critics have called the legislation a giveaway to private schools that will turn public schools into warehouses for special-needs students. But the schools-choice movement has gained favor in New Jersey as the state looks for solutions to chronically failing schools and poor student performance.

“We have resources and we have two really important things: the truth, and an idea whose time has come,” said Derrell Bradford, executive director of E-3, a pro-voucher group in Newark.



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