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Camden, America’s poorest city, fights crime, poverty

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Rock Center   |  March 08, 2013

In America’s most dangerous and poorest city, Camden, N.J., bullet holes are visible in a church’s stained glass window, crosses commemorating the murdered line the outside of city hall and the police staff is so outnumbered and outgunned, drug deals occur in the open. Rock Center’s Brian Williams visits Camden and talks to those fighting to turn around the forgotten city.

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Matter of Principals: School Administrators Also Getting New Grading System

Revamped evaluations, which don’t apply only to teachers, prompt questions from principals association about criteria

NJ Spotlight
All of the attention paid to the Christie administration’s roll-out of the new teacher-evaluation system has been on how New Jersey teachers will be judged, but equally critical will be how the system judges the judges: school principals.

The new evaluation system – renamed “Achieve NJ” on the eve of a public campaign starting this week – was outlined in new proposed regulations released last week by the state Department of Education. (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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Lesniak calls Christie’s OSA proposal a ‘teeny-weeny step’

By Matthew Arco | February 26th, 2013 – 3:33pm
Politicker NJ

TRENTON – Among the points made during Gov. Chris Christie’s budget address was his decision to circumvent the Legislature in implementing a trimmed down version of the Opportunity Scholarship Act.

The governor announced during his annual address $2 million will be used as a “demonstration grant” to fund sending 200 low-income students within at-risk schools to any school outside of their district or any other parochial or private school in the state. (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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Christie’s budget proposal tries to push more school choice for NJ families

By Associated Press
The Washington 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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