The Truth about New Jersey’s High Tax Burden
Part IV of the Legal Corruption Series
New Jersey is in a bad way. Our economy is weak and significantly underperforms other states. Our tax system is consistently ranked as the worst in the nation. Our public-sector pensions are in the worst condition of any state, and our unfunded liabilities are at least $202 billion—almost six times the size of the $35 billion annual budget. We have the second-lowest bond rating of any state—save broke Illinois. Businesses, taxpayers, and young adults are leaving our state in droves. Sadly, New Jersey’s future looks even worse.
The New Jersey School Choice and Education Reform Alliance will host a Policy Conference on the Future of the Camden Public School System on Tuesday September 22, 2015 from 8am until noon. The conference will be held at the Camden County College, Camden City Campus, and will feature presentations and panel discussions on the outcomes of the placement of strong leadership in the CCSD, the implementation of privately-run, publically-funded Renaissance Schools, and the growing number of and enrollment in traditional charter schools. The conference will also address the issue of whether the unique education changes in Camden can be an example for other urban districts around the country.
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The New Jersey School Choice and Education Reform Alliance reports that its comprehensive survey of New Jersey legislator views on school choice was delivered to all New Jersey State Assembly and Senate members on June 11th. The survey asks legislators for their positions on key school choice issues including charter expansion, education spending accounts, opportunity scholarships for students at failing New Jersey Schools, expanding interdistrict choice and other school choice policy issues. The Alliance stated that it intends to publish responses, rank legislators on school choice and focus public attention on legislators’ contributions to this key education policy debate.
The New Jersey Charter Schools Association will host the 7th Annual Charter Schools Conference at Bally’s Atlantic City, on March 30th and 31st. There will be over 50 breakout sessions for educators, administrators, and advocates; 100 vendors in the exhibit hall; and somewhere around 900 attendees. Keynote speakers include Mark Murphy of Lead New Jersey, Kim Verdusco of the Detroit Public Schools Charter School Office, and Commissioner Hespe. Find out more at http://njcharters.org/conference.
A daylong Charter School Board Institute will be held in conjunction with the conference on March 31st. Find out more at http://www.njcharters.org/conference/board-institute/
Speech also touts initiative in Camden district but barely mentions more controversial changes in Newark.
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The New Jersey School Choice and Education Reform Alliance held a very successful and energized 2015 Strategic Planning Meeting on December 16, 2014 in East Brunswick.
The meeting was moderated by Former Congressman and NJSCERA Director Dick Zimmer and was attended by key supporters including representatives from the New Jersey Charter Schools Association, the New Jersey Interdistrict School Choice Association, The New Jersey Family Policy Council, Choice Media and several New Jersey Jewish and Catholic organizations.
Senator Tom Kean, Jr., Senate Minority Leader, and Chris Emigholz, Budget & Education Director for the NJ Senate Republican Office, spoke and fielded questions on school choice and education reform topics and Josh Pruzansky (Orthodox Union Advocacy Center) Valarie Smith(NJ Interdistrict School Choice Association) and Donna Siminski (New Jersey Charter Schools Association) led discussions on 2015 policy goals and strategies.
Bob Bowdon provided an overview of the successful Philly School Choice Media campaign as a possible template for a New Jersey school choice media campaign, Steve Looney, NJSCERA Treasurer, provided background on funding and Alliance participation goals and Pete Denton, founder of E3, closed the meeting underlining the encouraging results for 2014 and 2015 momentum to building an even larger “army” of supporters to promote school choice and education reform initiatives in Trenton and across the State.
Third Annual New Jersey School Choice Summit
Sponsored by Choice Media and the Saint Peters School of Education
Friday, January 23, 2015
Saint Peters University in Jersey City
The Summit, a featured event for the National School Choice Week effort, will represent a cross-section of the New Jersey school choice movement. The program will include speakers, films and panel discussions representing advocates of charter schools, vouchers, tax credit scholarships, online learning, inter-district choice and homeschooling. The program will also feature a bipartisan panel of state legislators and a representative from the state Department of Education.
Invited legislators include Troy Singleton (D), Teresa Ruiz (D,) Tom Keane (R,) and David Wolfe (R), along with other speakers including, Campbell Brown, Joel Klein, David Hespe, and George Norcross.
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