Christie proposes “school choice” scholarships

New Jersey Herald

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Gov. Chris Christie wants the state to try a scaled-back version of a “school choice” scholarship program that lawmakers have long rejected despite some bipartisan support.

In his state spending proposal Tuesday, he called for using $2 million for scholarships that low-income students in struggling schools could use to attend public schools in other districts or private schools.

For years, proponents of the plan have called for a larger version of the program that would be funded through corporate donations. The companies would get tax credits. Despite some support, the concept has never gone far in the Legislature.

Under Christie’s proposed trial, there would be no special funding mechanism for the program.

It would still have to be approved by lawmakers as part of the state budget.

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