Senate Committee passes bill giving schools boards a say in school closings

By Peggy McGlone/The Star-Ledger

Parents and community activists from Newark, Montclair and Camden testified before a state senate committee this morning in favor of a bill that requires local school boards to approve the closing of schools.

Sponsored by Sen. Ronald Rice (D-Essex), the bill was prompted by Newark Superintendent Cami Anderson’s school reorganization plan, which will move, consolidate and close several buildings in the state-controlled district, while transferring other neighborhood schools to charter schools.…

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RUSA meeting covers aid for college tuition

By Alex Meier / Associate News Editor | 0 comments

Eighty percent of Rutgers students receive state or federal aid, a statistic that spurred a conversation about the affordability of higher education at last night’s Rutgers University Student Assembly meeting in the Student Activities Center on the College Avenue campus.

Justin Habler, legislative and governing affairs chair for New Jersey United Students, and Marios Athanasiou, president of New Jersey United Students, presented NJUS’s Higher State Appropriates Campaign.…

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In Trenton, legislation redux

By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau

TRENTON At the Statehouse, if at first you don’t succeed, try introducing the bill again.

Gov. Christie may have shot down hundreds of bills last session, but that didn’t stop lawmakers from moving forward Thursday with some of the same proposals. Bills brought back include one championed by the state’s top elected Democrat to form a commission on college affordability – legislation the governor opposed as redundant – and a measure to ban pig gestation crates, which are decried by animal rights groups as inhumane.

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Weeks after Christie veto, lawmakers try again to create tuition study commission

By Michael Linhorst

Governor Christie vetoed it earlier this month, declaring it redundant.

But now, in a new legislative session, a bill creating a committee to study college affordability is moving through the Legislature again. It’s exactly the same as the one Christie vetoed Jan. 13, and its supporters can’t explain how it could become law this time.

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