Assembly Holds Hearing Today on Charter Schools
The Education Committee, chaired by Assemblyman Patrick J. Diegnan Jr. (D-18), will receive testimony on issues relating to charter schools, including current need, local approval requirements, accountability, and alternative avenues for authorization of new charter schools. The invited speakers include individuals from Education Law Center, Statewide Education Organizing Committee, Save Our Schools, NJ Charter Schools Association, Garden State Coalition of Schools and others.
Monday, January 24, 2011 – 1:00 PM in Committee Room 11, 4th Floor, State House Annex or listen here.
Reducing Our High Level of Incarcerations
The Assembly Judiciary Committee will consider today A3053 (S2634) which establishes a conditional intervention program in municipal court for certain first-time offenders. This bill creates an alternative to sentencing those who are charged with a disorderly persons offense or a petty disorderly persons offense. It is patterned closely on the provisions which permits certain first-time drug offenders to have proceedings suspended or to have no judgment of conviction entered if they complete certain drug treatment or meet other conditions imposed by the court. Primary Sponsors: Reed Gusciora (D-15), Annette Quijano (D-20), Peter Barnes (D-18) and Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-15)
Monday, January 24, 2011 – 10:00 AM in Committee Room 12, 4th Floor, State House Annex or listen here.
ARC Tunnel Deadline
The federal government recently gave NJ Transit a third and final extension on its deadline to respond to demands that a $271 million debt to the Federal Transit Administration be repaid for the cancelled ARC tunnel. The deadline is tomorrow. Will Governor Christie respond, “I will sues you,” or will he pay up and tell us what account is being debited?