Posts Tagged Opportunity Scholarship Act
By Jarrett Renshaw/The Star-Ledger
Christie promotes bill for vouchers at confab at South Amboy YMCA
SOUTH AMBOY — If students at Cardinal McCarrick High School in the city want to increase enrollment and receive more funding, Gov. Chris Christie said they need to contact Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver because she’s the one blocking approval of the Opportunity Scholarship Act. (more…)
Governor Christie stopped at Haddonfield High School this afternoon, to praise the school’s better than average scholastic achievement and graduation rates.
“Haddonfield is an example,” said the Governor, “of what we’re trying to do with education across the state- pairing increased resources for our schools with real reforms to transform education and to put students first.” (more…)
The parents of children in Camden and several other cities in New Jersey can thank Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver, D-Essex, for keeping their children trapped in failing schools for yet another year.
The Opportunity Scholarship Act would have created a corporate scholarship tax credit program for students from low-income families in failing school districts to attend public or private schools of their parents’ choice.
The bill had strong bipartisan support and more than enough votes to pass in both the Assembly and the Senate, which is why Oliver obstinately refused to post the bill for a vote.
Another legislative session ends. Another opportunity for urban kids to succeed dies.
What constituency are you protecting, Mrs. Oliver? The teachers’ unions? The entrenched educational bureaucracy? It certainly isn’t poor, minority children of this state desperately in need of access to a quality education.
TRENTON, N.J., June 29, 2012 — Despite strong bipartisan support Speaker Sheila Oliver prevents passage
TRENTON, N.J., June 29, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/– The American Federation for Children—the nation’s voice for school choice—today criticized New Jersey Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver for refusing to schedule a vote on the Opportunity Scholarship Act (OSA), preventing thousands of New Jersey children from low-income families from escaping the state’s worst-performing schools. (more…)
It was with great interest that I read Governor Florio’s opinion regarding the effort of many in this state to pass the Opportunity Scholarship Act, which will save thousands of our most vulnerable children languishing in failing urban schools by providing them with scholarship funds to attend eligible, participating, charter, private and religious schools of their choice. (more…)
Parents Protest at Offices of Speaker Oliver, Spencer, Caputo and Tucker Demanding Vote for Opportunity Scholarship Act
EAST ORANGE – Nearly 50 parents from Newark, Orange and East Orange gathered to protest at the Speaker Sheila Oliver’s office, at 15-33 Halsted Street, East Orange. Their demand was for Speaker to recognize the urgency of passing the Opportunity Scholarship Act for the children of her community current legislative session. (more…)
The violence in Camden, New Jersey is out of hand and is unfortunately a daily occurrence in Camden City’s public schools. Knives, fires, rape. Help children trapped in chronically failing schools gain access to safe learning environments that will allow them to flourish.
Parents and residents from Camden ask legislators to listen to their voices, to give them the chance to choose good schools for their children. (more…)