School choice measure advancing in NJ

(AP) - Plans to create a permanent public school choice program in New Jersey continue to advance in the state legislature.

The measure would allow parents to move their children to schools located across district lines. The new program would replace a pilot program that expired in 2005, though many participating districts continue to informally honor previously agreed-to student arrangements.

The Assembly passed the measure late last month by a 75-0 vote and sent it to the Senate, where it has been referred to the Education Committee. That panel, though, has not yet scheduled a hearing on the proposal.

However, the proposal is expected to be discussed Monday when state education officials appear before the Assembly's budget committee to discuss their 2011 fiscal year spending plan.

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