New Jersey bill would provide scholarships to allow students in poor-performing schools to switch to another public or private learning institution

Students attending struggling schools in Atlantic City, Bridgeton, Pleasantville and Wildwood would be among about 80,000 children statewide eligible for scholarships to other public or private schools under a new state bill scheduled to be discussed Thursday in Trenton.

The “Opportunity Scholarship Act” would allow corporations to make tax-deductible contributions to a state scholarship fund that would provide a maximum of $24 million in scholarships its first year then increase annually to as much as $120 million in the fifth year of the five-year pilot project. The total cost over five years could reach $360 million.



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