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N.J. voucher bill violates state’s constitution

N.J. voucher bill violates state’s constitution
BY LAUREN HILL
COMMENTARY

Supporters of public education have a lot on their plates: the extreme school aid cuts in Governor Christie's proposed State budget, the Alternative High School Assessment debacle that could cost thousands of high school seniors their diplomas, and the lack of any movement on preschool expansion, to name just a few.

But that hasn't stopped the groundswell against vouchers. Determined to keep the N.J. Legislature from passing the voucher bill proposed by Senators Raymond Lesniak and Tom Kean, Jr., (S1872, "Opportunity Scholarship Act"), individuals, organizations and coalitions are working to educate the public and State Legislators about the depth of opposition to vouchers and the serious challenge they pose to our public schools.

A recently created Facebook page entitled "No Vouchers NJ" is one example. The description reads as follows:

 

Anger over property taxes goes way back in N.J.

Anger over property taxes goes way back in N.J.
BY PATRICK MURRAY
COMMENTARY

What do New Jerseyans answer when asked to name the most unfair tax they pay? If you said property taxes, you are correct. If you said something else, I'd like to be among t...

Blaming arbitration is a clever political maneuver in N.J.

Blaming arbitration is a clever political maneuver in N.J.
BY RON BAKLEY
COMMENTARY

New Jersey's local government officials frequently cry that police and other government employee unions intentionally seek arbitration to settle contract disputes.

Sadly, it's a ...

Shocked by $9M Horizon CEO salary? N.J. Chiropractors Association has own Horizon horror stories

Shocked by  $9M Horizon CEO salary? N.J. Chiropractors Association has own Horizon horror stories
BY SIGMUND MILLER
COMMENTARY

The recent revelation that Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (Horizon) CEO William Marino's compensation package last year was nearly $9 million has come as no su...

Christie Whitman: Finger-pointing won’t stop oil from leaking in Gulf or fix Wall Street

Christie Whitman: Finger-pointing won’t stop oil from leaking in Gulf or fix Wall Street
BY CHRISTIE WHITMAN
COMMENTARY

We ought to look at ourselves before blaming a single institution, company or individual for our collective problems.

These days, it seems our nation needs to blame someone...

Feud between Christie and NJEA is really over health care

Feud between Christie and NJEA is really over health care
BY DAVID OSCAR
COMMENTARY

Many don't realize it, but the ongoing public feud between Governor Christie and the teacher's union has less to do with education and more to do with health care.

The single hi...

Father’s Day is a good time to push for paid family leave

Father’s Day is a good time to push for paid family leave
BY LINDA MERIC
COMMENTARY

When his first two children were born, Daniel Wells didn’t even think of asking his employer for leave. But when his wife became pregnant with the third, he better understoo...

What's the deal? Comparing Obama and FDR and their first two years as president

What's the deal? Comparing Obama and FDR and their first two years as president
BY MICHAEL P. RICCARDS
COMMENTARY

In a year and half, President Obama has gone from being an historic icon to a beleaguered president. What has happened? There are surely personal reasons that one can...

N.J. has its own dangerous projects that could lead to environmental disasters

N.J. has its own dangerous projects that could lead to environmental disasters
BY GEORGE MOFFATT
COMMENTARY

We constantly hear "It can't happen here," as overconfident engineers and officials assure us that high-tech systems will save us from ourselves.

Past promises included: It's...

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