In the Garden State, hope for school vouchers at the moment rests with the Urban Enterprise Zone Jobs Scholarship Act, a school-choice bill now up for its second reading in the Senate, noted Kim Chorba, of the N.J. Education Network, a legislative advocate for Catholic Schools.
"We must take on the moral and political challenge to keep Catholic schools open," said Chorba
, who urged school-choice supporters to contact the offices of Gov.
's call to action arrives during a difficult year for legislation that supports faith-based education - the State stripped private and Catholic schools
of their technology funding and refused to grant a needed increase in busing subsidies - funding shortfalls that hurt all Catholic schools, but especially those that serve the inner-cities, Chorba said.
"Twenty-six percent of urban kids live in poverty.
Their public schools are unsafe and overcrowded.
These kids fall through the cracks," Chorba