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Charter School Reform Bill Filed in New Jersey Legislature
A New Jersey lawmaker is attempting to rewrite the state's charter school laws to include another layer of oversight and more public input. Assemblyman Troy Singleton, a Democrat, introduced a bill last week that would create a statewide charter-authorizing board while establishing a framework to include public feedback in the charter-authorizing process.
Reform Bill Could Reshape Landscape for Charter-School Approvals
Local say would be increased, single authority would weigh applications statewide
Long-awaited legislation that would rewrite the state’s charter school law, including a new proposal for easing the tug-of-war over local say in the application process, was introduced yesterday by state Assemblyman Troy Singleton.
Singleton seeks a fatherhood revival
For Assemblyman Troy Singleton, fatherhood matters.
The reasons are simple: Children in homes without fathers are four times more likely to live in poverty. They are more likely to commit crimes and go to prison. They are seven times more likely to become pregnant as a teenager. And they are twice as like to drop out of school.
NJ Senate panel approves creating transportation infrastructure bank
TRENTON — With New Jersey’s main source of funding for transportation improvements nearly insolvent, state lawmakers are trying again to create a transportation infrastructure bank to help finance bridge and road repairs, and other major projects.
N.J. lawmakers press state treasurer for details on budget shortfall (NorthJersey.com)
Governor Christie’s state treasurer appeared before lawmakers Wednesday for the first time since announcing an $807 million budget shortfall last week, but he offered no new information about how the Christie administration plans to close the gap in the final weeks of the state’s fiscal year.
New regulation for mammograms in NJ takes effect today (NJ.com)
Proud to have sponsored the legislation that made this possible. S-792/A-2022 requires insurers to cover breast evaluations and other additional medically necessary testing under certain circumstances and requires certain mammogram reports to contain information on breast density. - Assemblyman Troy Singleton
DOT commissioner: Transportation Trust Fund to run dry in 2015-16
TRENTON — New Jersey’s Transportation Trust Fund has the borrowing capacity to cover the state’s proposed $1.6 billion capital improvement budget for the upcoming fiscal year, but the fund’s financial solvency will need to be addressed before next summer, the state’s transportation commissioner said Monday.
NJ voters support state worker wage freeze but oppose gas tax hike, poll shows (NJ.com)
TRENTON — A poll released today shows more than half of New Jersey's registered voters support a wage freeze for state workers to rein in the state budget, while an even larger share oppose raising the gasoline tax.