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MOTHER’S DAY IN TRENTON TO SUPPORT THE OPPORTUNITY SCHOLARSHIP ACT

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, New Brunswick, NJ, – On Thursday, May 10th, at 10AM, dozens of Mothers from New Jersey’s urban communities will descend on the State House in Trenton to call for passage of the Opportunity Scholarship Act which will provide scholarships for students from chronically failing schools in seven urban districts to go to alternative schools of their choice. (more…)

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NOW IS THE TIME TO VOTE “YES” FOR OSA.

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Our community is in a “State of Education Emergency” and it’s gone on too long. The time to end this is NOW! The time to pass the Opportunity Scholarship Act is NOW!

As you know, too many of OUR children in OUR communities are given an inferior education at chronically failing schools.

Children are not being taught to read, write, or complete the basic math equations that are required to meet Federal or State education standards, or to achieve a high school diploma. (more…)

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Bills restricting charter schools advance

TRENTON — Although Gov. Chris Christie wants to expand the use of charter schools as part of his education reform efforts, two bills that would restrict the alternative public schools cleared an Assembly committee Thursday.

The Assembly Education Committee, controlled by Democrats, voted 6-2 along party lines, to advance a measure that would require proposed new charter schools to win endorsement by voters in the school districts in which they are planned. (more…)

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School Choice Rally in Trenton. Over 2500 attendees

An estimated 2,500 parents, students and educators rallied on the Statehouse steps today to urge state lawmakers to pass the Opportunity Scholarship Act (OSA), chanting “Save our Children” and “OSA, OSA”.

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Trenton schools slated to receive $600K grant

TRENTON — A program that helps young people reach college will receive $600,000 to support Trenton students, Rep. Rush Holt said in a news release.

The funding is part of a $4 million federal grant to the state Commission on Higher Education’s Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, or GEAR UP. It will pay for the first year of an effort expected to be extended to six years. (more…)

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Newark official on Race to the Top panel said he flagged error before presentation

TRENTON — A Newark Public Schools official who helped present New Jersey’s Race to the Top application in Washington, D.C., said today he flagged a crucial error less than a week before the presentation — but was told by consultants there was no chance to correct an answer after the deadline. (more…)

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Auditors find that Trenton school district officials deliberately kept inaccurate records

TRENTON — School district officials deliberately kept inaccurate records of millions of dollars of special education and health benefit spending during the 2008-2009 school year, and even failed to provide complete financial information to the district’s own auditors, according to a report issued earlier this year. (more…)

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Audit finds in Trenton schools an object lesson in waste

300,000.00 gone

TRENTON — A state audit of the public school district found systemic failures in financial oversight and record keeping during the 2008 and 2009 school years, including problems that allowed more than $300,000 in potentially fraudulent billing by home tutors.

In one case, a teacher claimed to have given 2,000 hours of home lessons in one year, in addition to teaching regular classes and taking graduate courses. Another instructor allegedly forged parent signatures on time sheets. (more…)

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