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NorthJersey.com: N.J. Gov. Chris Christie: Vouchers offer a 'final solution' for school system

NorthJersey.com: N.J. Gov. Chris Christie: Vouchers offer a 'final solution' for school system

N.J. Gov. Chris Christie: Vouchers offer a 'final solution' for school system
Monday, May 3, 2010
LAST UPDATED: MONDAY MAY 3, 2010, 9:20 PM
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A voucher system that lets any child in New Jersey go to any school, public or private, is the "final solution" to an overly expensive system that continues to fail too many children, Governor Christie said Monday.
Christie tolld the group New Jersey could be a national bellwether.
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Christie tolld the group New Jersey could be a national bellwether.
Christie told an enthusiastic school choice advocacy group in Washington that he will expand the number of public charter schools and supports a bipartisan bill to provide thousands of public scholarships so children in failing districts may attend private or parochial schools.
"They are trapped by a self-interested, greedy schoolteachers union that cares more about putting money in their own pockets and pockets of members than they care about educating the most vulnerable and needy children," Christie said.
But Christie said he was committed to going further. He said he saw families in Newark agonize over children losing a lottery to get into a successful charter school, while his income gave him the ability to choose to send his children to Catholic school.
"A single mother in Newark working two jobs to keep a roof over her child’s head should have no less ability to make that choice than my wife and I had," he said.
Christie was the keynote speaker at the two-day "national policy summit" in the Omni Shoreham hotel organized by the American Federation for Children, a Washington-based group that advocates for vouchers, charter schools and tax credits for corporations that fund scholarships.
"Gov Christie is taking on the education status quo like no other governor today," said Betsy Devos, the federation chairwoman,
Christie said the climate is right for passage of a scholarship bill that some advocates say could serve as



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