The New Jersey Taxpayer Alliance has named Senator Dawn Marie Addiego and Assemblyman Scott Rudder “Taxpayer Champions” for their support of legislation favorable to taxpayers in the state.
“Since we were elected to the legislature four years ago, we have remained committed to smaller, more accountable government, and lower taxes for the families and senior citizens of New Jersey,” said Senator Addiego. “Our formula of cutting taxes and creating jobs is crucial for the economy in this state.” (more…)
New Jersey is spending roughly the same amount of every dollar it collects from taxpayers on direct school aid under Governor Christie as it did under prior Democratic governors.
The New Jersey Education Association – which disagrees with Christie on a number of issues, including tenure reform, merit pay and vouchers – is running a multimillion-dollar ad campaign against the governor that calls attention to education spending cuts. (more…)
TRENTON — In a report released today by Gov. Chris Christie, a study commission on non-public schools found that private and parochial schools save New Jersey $2.7 billion annually, while providing “expanded educational options” for children.
The report also recommended that some form of tax scholarships or tax credits be enacted in the state, which would help parents choose to send their children to nonpublic schools. (more…)
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Education Commissioner Bret Schundler speaks at annual Charter School Association conference. Glen Ridge officials will consider converting schools into charter or private schools. (more…)
In recent months, school funding has been hotly debated by many sides. And the most infamous school litigation of the past two decades, Abbott vs. Burke, is routinely invoked as a major cost driver in education. Whether or not you support the New Jersey Supreme Court’s decisions, which required equalized funding between the state’s richest and poorest school districts, most of us acknowledge that school districts must look for ways to cut waste from their budgets. (more…)
The battle has been fought, the dust is settling, and the winner is . . .
Well, when more than half of school budgets around the state get rejected by voters, meaning even more cuts to staff and programs are coming, it really is hard to say anyone is a true winner. (more…)
By Star-Ledger Staff
TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie called the defeat of 58 percent of school budgets proof voters support his agenda. The state’s largest teacher’s union called it a “wake-up call” to the governor and a demand for new solutions. (more…)
April 21, 2010
By Statehouse Bureau Staff
|Audio: Gov. Christie's School Budget Presser