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Christie hopes budget will bring elusive success to school vouchers

By Jarrett Renshaw/The Star-Ledger 
April 12th, 2013 

TRENTON —After three years of failing to get his school voucher program through the state Legislature, Gov. Chris Christie is using a new strategy: make it a bargaining chip in state budget talks. (more…)

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Christie, Cerf & Co. Take the Reins of Camden Public Schools

Governor vows to be sensitive to local board and community, but is ready to ‘exert whatever control’ is called for

NJ Spotlight

It’s called an “intervention” instead of a “takeover,” and there was lots of talk yesterday about partnership and cooperation. But make no mistake, Gov. Chris Christie and his administration are primed to exercise full control over Camden public schools.

Christie came to the city yesterday morning to announce that the state would “intervene” in the long-troubled district, most notably by stepping in to appoint a new superintendent. (more…)

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Urban legislators blocking attempt to improve schools, Christie says

By Matthew Arco
PolitickerNJ

PATERSON – Gov. Chris Christie told Paterson residents that failing public schools and lawmakers unwilling to enact change in the state’s education system are robbing New Jersey’s urban students of a future.

Garnering applause as well as sharp criticism from at least one town hall resident who shouted at Christie to “fix our public schools,” the governor told residents the very lawmakers who represent urban districts are the ones harming their constituents. (more…)

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E3 applauds Governors decision to add scholarship pilot program to 2014 budget

A message from the President of E3

 

As the premiere urban education reform organization in New Jersey, E3 applauds Governor Chris Christie’s announcement yesterday as part of his 2014 budget address to launch a $2 million school choice pilot program. We have been working closely with our School Choice and Education Reform Alliance, to support this historic decision to make school choice a reality in our state. The Governor and the bipartisan group of NJ officials who support this measure deserve credit for demonstrating leadership on this issue that is long overdue.  At E3, we firmly believe that school choice is a critical first step in empowering urban families to break the cycle of poverty and despair in their communities, and it is therefore a prerequisite for addressing in any meaningful way some of the most important human capital, national security and civil rights challenges of our time.

- Christy Davis Jackson
President and CEO of Excellent Education for Everyone (E3)

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Christie Won’t Give Up on School Voucher Program

By John Mooney
NJ Spotlight

Governor vows to fight on, even though proposed $2 million pilot is just a shadow of original, supersized program of 2010

Despite coming close to being passed on occasion, a school voucher program is the one major piece of Gov. Chris Christie’s education agenda that he’s never been able to push through — unlike tenure reform, charter schools, and performance pay for teachers.

Now Christie is making one more run at vouchers in his fourth budget, and his proposal for a modest $2 million pilot is likely to grab the headlines and spark the loudest debate — in an education budget nearing $12.4 billion. (more…)

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Chris Christie’s Budget Proposes Support For School Choice Programs In New Jersey

By GEOFF MULVIHILL
The Huffington Post

TRENTON, N.J. — With relatively small expenditures, Gov. Chris Christie is using his proposed state budget to push harder for more school choice for students in struggling districts.

In the $32.9 billion spending plan he released Tuesday, Christie called for more state aid for school districts and also money for some of his favored programs that would make it easier for students to go to school elsewhere. (more…)

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Donation push meets $100M goal for Newark schools, sources say

The donations will cap a more-than-two-year quest to answer the young billionaire’s challenge, which stipulated that the city could only access his funds once other donors matched the gift. The gifts, however, are not finalized.

“Raising the money is critical, but what the money accomplishes is what matters,” said Derrell Bradford, executive director of Better Education for Kids, a school reform advocacy group. (more…)

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Newark Contract Marks High Point of Christie Education Agenda

Most recent deal could be last major victory as election year looms

Gov. Chris Christie clearly placed education at the top of his priorities from the day he was elected three years ago, making his very first stop a Newark charter school and promising a host of reforms to come. (more…)

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