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Norcross: Give Rutgers-Camden, Rowan tools to thrive individually

GLOUCESTER COUNTY TIMES- April 15, 2012

By Donald Norcross

Special to South Jersey Sunday

The ongoing debate over the future of Rutgers-Camden and Rowan University has generated intense concerns and a tremendous amount of speculation, so let me be clear: My focus from the start has been to ensure that the Rutgers University Camden campus remains an integral part of the fabric of South Jersey.

But more broadly, I view the state’s plans to restructure New Jersey’s higher education system as a critical opportunity to address long-standing regional imbalances. Universities produce an educated workforce, spur innovation and drive economic growth, so we must seize this moment to position our region for long-term, sustained prosperity.

SENATOR NORCROSS STATEMENT ON APPELLATE COURT RULING AGAINST SDA

(CAMDEN) – Senator Donald Norcross released the following statement in response to the Schools Development Authority’s (SDA) adoption of rules to allow former Abbot school districts to construct much-needed new schools. The move comes after yesterday’s state appellate court ruling that forced the SDA to do so. Norcross is the Chairman of the School Facilities and Construction Subcommittee of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Public Schools.

“Children living in our urban centers are one step closer today to having the new schools they so desperately need. It is unfortunate that it took four years and yesterday’s appellate court ruling for the SDA to act on behalf of our state’s students. Now we must monitor how the SDA chooses to implement these rules so we can finally get to the business of repairing and constructing the schools that our children in urban areas deserve.”