N.J. Clings to Agenda Despite Race to Top Loss
Even as New Jersey staggers through the wreckage from its failed Race to the Top application, Gov. Chris Christie and state lawmakers are vowing to press ahead with an ambitious education agenda that reflects some of the key priorities in the state's losing bid for federal funds.
Some of the proposals put forward legislatively and administratively, such as measures to support charter schools and improve struggling school districts, explicitly mirror the goals of the state's unsuccessful $400 million proposal for a share of the $4 billion in economic-stimulus money.
Other measures under consideration, such as bipartisan legislation to increase school choice, have been named as priorities by the Republican governor, who was elected 10 months ago after campaigning on a pledge to support vouchers, expansion of charter schools, and...
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