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Happy 5-Year Anniversary to Jersey Jazzman

Jersey Jazzman (Mark Weber) & Melissa KatzToday’s a big day for Jersey Jazzman. From all of us at Blue Jersey, high-fives, fist-bumps & secret handshakes of congratulations to our favorite edu-dude!

On a very hot day in July 2011, the pseudonymous blogger Jersey Jazzman went to the huge Save Our Schools March in D.C.. With him, a couple other Blue Jersey insiders, who shall remain nameless. The 3 wandered into the VIP tent. Inside, all the big names behind the national push to save schools from bumbling tycoonery. Plus Oscar-winner Matt Damon. But for a few minutes, among the few dozen worthies there, a rumor ran through the tent that Jersey Jazzman was here, and Which one is he?

Latino Action Network Opposes Opportunity Scholarship Act

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Last month, Governor Christie called on the New Jersey lawmakers to pass his version of education reform during the lame duck session of the legislature.  The governor listed four bills as crucial to his reform agenda.  Among those bills was the controversial ‘Opportunity Scholarship Act’ which would provide corporations a 100% tax credit for contributions made to a state run voucher program, which would then distribute the funds.  This legislation would divert from $360 million to over $1 billion in tax dollars away from the public education system to private and religious schools.  As a result of the governor’s announcement, voucher proponents have renewed their efforts to get this bill passed claiming that vouchers would help poor children in New Jersey.

The Latino Action Network opposes the publicly funded voucher bill because we see it as a big gimmick that benefits corporate interests that would do nothing to help poor children stuck in failing school districts.  Not one penny of corporate money would fund the scholarships established by this misguided legislation.

Latino Action Network Announces Opposition to Opportunity Scholarship Act

Latino Action Network Announces Opposition to Opportunity Scholarship Act

For Immediate Release: December 5, 2011

Christian Estevez, Chair, Education Committee – 973-418-7012

Daniel Santo Pietro, Chair, Public Policy Committee – 732-496-9628

The Latino Action Network [LAN] today announced its opposition to the Opportunity Scholarship Act because it would drain money away from public education and give it to corporate interests so it could be doled out to private schools.

“The Opportunity Scholarship Act is a big gimmick that benefits corporate interests that would do nothing to help poor children stuck in failing school districts,” said Christian Estevez, Executive Vice President of the Latino Action Network and Chair of the Education Committee.  “Not one penny of corporate money would fund the scholarships established by this misguided legislation. The state would take money from our public schools and hand it to the corporations, who would then claim corporate philanthropy with our tax dollars.”

Estevez concluded: “This is an educational gimmick of the worst sort. This legislation does nothing to address the core issues of housing and educational segregation. We pledge to work with legislators to address the real issues that hurt so many children of low and moderate-income families.”

Below is the official policy statement of the Latino Action Network with regards to the Opportunity Scholarship Act:

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Trenton On My Mind

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?