TRENTON, NJ (CBS) – New Jersey will take a good, long look at state laws and regulations that may be getting in the way of effective, local education. Governor Chris Christie is appointing a seven-member task force that’s expected to come up with results by mid-August.

The idea: get out of the way of local officials running day to day operations, at least, as much as possible.

Frank Belluscio with the New Jersey School Boards Association said he likes the idea, “It is questionable whether the frequency of state monitoring and other regulations and restrictions are really necessary for the majority of our school districts.”

That’s a sentiment echoed by the NJEA, the teachers union usually at loggerheads with Christie. Communications Director Steve Wollmer said, “The more he takes his hands off the public schools, probably the better they’re going to be able to do their daily work and do it the way they always have.”

But he is worried that no one’s been appointed to the panel yet. He wants a union member included and he wonders if there might be a hidden agenda here.

Reported by David Madden, KYW Newsradio 1060

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