New Jersey Governor Chris Christie slipped it into his recent State of the State address: school vouchers for religious and private schools may be part of his 2016 budget. Check out this report from NorthJersey.com. Click through the link for the entire story.
JANUARY 23, 2015, 7:30 PM LAST UPDATED: FRIDAY, JANUARY 23, 2015, 7:39 PMJERSEY CITY – State lawmakers on Friday said they expected a greater push this year for a school-voucher program that would give families money to attend private and religious schools, despite years of inaction on such a measure.
Lawmakers attending the third annual New Jersey Choice Summit said it was a priority for Gov. Christie, who called for the passage of the voucher bill in his Jan. 13 State of the State address. School vouchers, charter schools and urban education all were discussed at the summit Friday at St. Peter’s University.
The legislators acknowledged that there weren’t enough votes now to pass the Opportunity Scholarship Act, as the voucher bill is known, but state Sen. Thomas Kean Jr., who has sponsored the bill the past 11 years, said he expected more effort on the issue this time. Kean is a Monmouth County Republican.
“If the governor has priorities and the majority party has priorities, I hope we can find a compromise,” he said.
Assemblyman Troy Singleton, a Democrat from Burlington County, said Christie had “sent a message” by talking about the bill in his speech and that he hoped it would at least come to a vote.