Candidate Statements

Parents Should Have More School Choices

Rich Fortunato

I’m Rich Fortunato and I’m running for State Assembly in District 22 on November 7th.  I am putting out these statements so that you can make an educated choice when you vote on November 7th.

I believe that parents ought to have more choices available to them to educate their children. Whatever town or school district they live in, parents ought to be able to use their share of school tax dollars to educate their children as they choose, as long as the school they pick is an accredited one.

In many other states, people have many school choice options available to them.  Why don't we?  Because some politicians, generally Democrats like Assemblymen Green and Kennedy, do not want to give parents real choices when it comes to how their children are educated.  They are putting special interests and campaign contributors ahead of the people they claim to represent.   

Sign Up for E-News

I will work to make more school choices available to parents, grandparents and others who responsible for the education of children.  Don’t think that school choice is a reflection on our public school teachers.  It isn’t.  It is a way to introduce some basic competition to incentivize all schools, public, charter and private, to do better, and to give parents more choice in how their children are educated.

One option that should be available is 'education savings accounts'.  The local school district would make available to any parent an amount of money (for example, 90% of what the district would spend on the child) for each school age child, and the parent would be able to spend that money on tuition and expenses at any school which satisfies basic state qualification requirements.  Arizona has this program.  We should too.

Another option is a voucher system, similar to the GI Bill set up after World War II.  Each parent would receive for each school age child a voucher worth a certain amount of money that could be spent to pay for tuition at any qualified school.  The school could be the local public school, another public school nearby, or a private school as long as it met certain minimum qualifications.

For example, if a school district spends $12,000 a year per pupil, a parent would receive $10,800 into an education savings account (or a voucher for $10,800) for each school age child which could be used, as the parent decides, to educate their child. 

Imagine the effects of either of these programs.  Local school districts would have an incentive to do better so that they could attract students (now it seems that they are, perversely, incentivized not to do well so they can argue for more school aid).  And, more importantly, thousands of parents would be overjoyed at being able to decide for themselves how their children should be educated.

We should have more school choices available here in New Jersey.  If you think that makes sense, please vote for me on November 7th in Column B (Column A in Dunellan and Middlesex).  See fortunatoforassembly.com for more information. 

Rich Fortunato
Scotch Plains

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of TAPinto.net or anyone who works for TAPinto.net. TAPinto.net is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Plainfield's Assemblyman Jerry Green Is Dead at Age 79

April 19, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Assemblyman Jerry Green (D-22) has died at age 79, according to an email to TAPinto Plainfield from Councilwoman-at-Large Rebecca Williams. (Williams also shared the information on her Facebook page.)

On Jan. 24, Assemblyman Jerry Green (D-22) resigned as Chairman of the Union County Democratic Committee "to focus his energy on recovering from an ...

Food Truck Festival and Car Show at Saint Joseph High School on April 28

April 9, 2018

METUCHEN, NJ -- Saint Joseph High School's Father's Club will host a Car Show and Food Truck Festival (featuring live DJ and Beer Garden) on Saturday, April 28, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Admission is $5.00.


Food Trucks will include:

Boardwalk Freddy
Cousins Maine Lobster
Empanada Monster
Falafull Gourmet
Jerkin' Chicken
Oink and ...

Union County Freeholder Board Reminds Seniors on New Medicare Cards

April 18, 2018

In recognition of May as Older Americans Month, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders reminds Union County’s senior adults that they will receive new Medicare cards from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this summer.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is the federal agency that runs the Medicare program. It is a branch of the US Department of ...

An Indulgent Tasting in Rahway: UCPAC’s Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Party

Aside from warm pool weather and bright green foliage, this summer also brings the Union County Performing Arts Center’s Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Party back to Rahway. This event is an annual fundraiser for the UCPAC, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission statement reads: to “provide quality programming and performances that strive to be educational, ...

Upcoming Events


Thu, April 19, 7:00 PM

Westfield High School Auditorium, Westfield

Panel on Transitioning to 100% Renewable Energy

Education Green

Sat, April 21, 10:00 AM

Cranford Community Center, Cranford

"All About Owls" Nature Presentation with The ...

Arts & Entertainment

Sat, April 21, 10:00 AM

Cranford Community Center, Cranford

"All About Owls" Nature Presentation with The ...

Arts & Entertainment

Thank You, St. Joseph's Volunteers

April 16, 2018

Thank You from St. Joseph Social Service Center

In recognition of National Volunteer Week, we would like to express our gratitude to the countless volunteers that serve the poor and homeless at St. Joseph Social Service Center in Elizabeth (http://www.sjeliz.org).  Whether you make a sandwich, collect toiletries, tutor in the job program, make soup, wrap Christmas gifts, donate food, ...