Opportunity Scholarship Act money gone from budget

TRENTON – The proposed fiscal year 2014 budget as currently presented deletes the language for the Opportunity Scholarship Act pilot school choice program.

The program was intended to provide scholarships of $10,000 per student to families with limited incomes whose children are in chronically failing schools so that the children can attend other schools with better educational opportunities.

The February budget message by the governor estimated $2 million for a trimmed demonstration program but the money at this point is not included in the budget bills, S3000/A4200.

There has been a lack of unanimous support among Democrats for the program, with some decrying it as hurtful to public schools, but with supporters championing it as a possible model for improving educational opportunities. 

Opportunity Scholarship Act money gone from budget