The State Senate Budget Committee is expected to approve the Fiscal year 2014 budget bill today. The final details are still being hammered out behind closed doors. With that as the backdrop, Rutgers New Brunswick students and recent graduates held a press conference today calling on local legislators to hold Gov. Chris Christie to his promise to increase higher education funding in his first term.
A two-bill legislative package to allow New Jersey students planning to attend a state college or university to pay in-state tuition costs despite their immigration status or that of their parents as long as they meet certain requirements has been approved by an Assembly committee.
Senators on the education committee have sent their colleagues a sweeping rewrite of No Child Left Behind that eases coast-to-coast requirements for schools and gives states greater independence to set their own goals.
The academic year is nearing an end and many school districts in New Jersey are making the necessary final adjustments to their calendars to fulfill the state-required minimum of 180 days of instructional time, a task that has been made more complicated thanks to Superstorm Sandy.
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