N.J. bill to expedite privately run, public schools gets go ahead

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Senate President Stephen Sweeney says he will accept Gov. Christie's changes to a bill intended to expedite development of privately run, public Renaissance schools in Camden.

Christie, a Republican, axed a provision in the legislation that would have allowed the Camden school board to provide pension sweeteners as early-retirement incentives to some district employees. The state-run district laid off 200 teachers last spring because of budget cuts.

"I am disappointed with the governor's conditional veto, but I am committed to moving the bill forward," Sweeney (D., Gloucester) said in a statement Tuesday.

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