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** Media Advisory** Lesniak To Introduce Opportunity Scholarships Act At News Conference On Monday

Senator Raymond J. Lesniak, D-Union, speaks to reporters about the details of his efforts to overturn the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PAPSA)

TRENTON – Senator Raymond Lesniak will hold a news conference on Monday, March 22nd at 11:00 AM in State House Room 103 to introduce his “Opportunity Scholarships Act,” legislation that would establish the “Educational Innovation” pilot program in the Department of Education and create a pilot program in the Department of Treasury to provide tax credits to entities that endow scholarships for eligible low-income students.

Martin Perez of the Latino Leadership Alliance, Bishop Edward deCunha, Auxiliary Bishop of Essex County, and Rev. Reginald T. Jackson, Executive Director for the Black Ministers’ Council of NJ will also speak on the bill. Additionally, representatives from E3, CIANJ, NJBIA, Agudath Israel of NJ, the Orthodox Union, The New Jersey Taxpayer Association, The New Jersey Network of Catholic School Families, other members of the NJ School Choice and Education Reform Alliance, and local school administrators will be in attendance to support Senator Lesniak’s efforts to enhance educational opportunities for low-income students.

WHO: Senator Raymond J. Lesniak, Martin Perez, Bishop Edward deCunha,

Rev. Reginald T. Jackson, representatives from E3, CIANJ, NJBIA, members of the NJ School Choice and Education Reform Alliance, and local schools.

WHAT: News Conference to introduce “Opportunity Scholarships Act”

WHERE: State House Room 103 (Across from the Senate Chambers), 125 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08625

WHEN: Monday, March 22, 2010

TIME: 11:00 AM

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