|6-23-17 Education in the News|
NJ Spotlight--Republican Leaders Unveil A School-Funding Plan of Their Own
GOP picks up a notable ally in Wendell Steinhauer, president of the NJEA
The state’s GOP leaders yesterday unveiled an alternative to the Democratic school-funding plan put forward by Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto last month.
Sens. Jen Beck and Joe Kyrillos, who introduced the Republican scheme, have already picked up a notable ally — Wendell Steinhauer, president of the New Jersey Education Association, the state’s primary teachers union.
NJTV News Online | June 23, 2017
NJ Spotlight--Pre-K Expansion, the Silent Partner in the Dems’ School-Funding Scheme
Some $25 million dollars in new aid could mean full-day pre-K for another 2,500 children
The possibility of nearly $150 million in new aid for New Jersey schools may be stealing the political spotlight right now, but there’s another school item in the fiscal 2018 budget debates that could have bigger consequences.
A central part of the Democratic package put forward last week was $25 million in aid for the expansion of public preschool for thousands of low-income students, potentially paying for another 2,500 children to enroll in the full-day program. If approved, it would be the first significant expansion in nearly a decade
John Mooney | June 23, 2017
Star Ledger--N.J. Democrats at odds over proposed budget deal with Christie
TRENTON -- With only nine days left to finalize a state budget -- and the threat of a government shutdown looming -- Democrats who control the New Jersey Legislature are at odds over a possible deal with Gov. Chris Christie regarding school funding and raiding the reserves of the state's largest health care provider, legislative sources told NJ Advance Media.
Brent Johnson| Updated on June 22, 2017 at 3:48 PM Posted on June 22, 2017 at 8:30 AM
Education Week--GOP Health Care Proposals: What Educators Should Know
The Trump administration and congressional Republicans are in the midst of trying to replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act—better known as "Obamacare"—with big implications for the nation's schools when it come to special education funding, teacher benefits, and more.
And Thursday, after weeks of work behind closed doors, the U.S. Senate released its version of legislation to replace the ACA. The bill, which lawmakers could vote on as soon as early next week, may eventually be merged with a bill that passed the House narrowly back in May, with only Republican support. That legislation is called the American Health Care Act or "Trumpcare" to its detractors.
So just how would the Senate bill—the "Better Care Reconciliation Act"—impact schools? How is it different from the ACA and the House bill in ways that might matter to educators? Advocates—and senators—were still combing through a 142-page Senate draft for details Thursday so stay tuned.
Alyson Klein on June 22, 2017 1:36 PM
Garden State Coalition of Schools