Assembly Budget Hearing on Education Spending Plans

By Michael Aron

According to Acting Commissioner of Education Chris Cerf there are approximately 200 schools in New Jersey where children are failing at alarming levels.  The Governor’s budget proposal for FY 2012 would increase public school aid by 245.3 million dollars over current year spending. Total funding for pre-school in the 31 former Abbott districts is held flat.  The budget eliminates state funding for the after-school program “New Jersey after 3.”

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2 Responses to Assembly Budget Hearing on Education Spending Plans

  1. Jeff Mattingly says:

    Unbelievable! NJ is NOT underfunding our public school children, we are the highest or 2nd highest in the nation. We fund Newark, our largest city, to the tune of 24K per head, per year, twice the suburban average and for all that tax $ we get a 50% drop out rate and graduates that go on to college and spend their first year remediating what they should have learned in high school. In the face of their utter failure the Democrates, who own inner city ploitics and the teachers and administrators unions, accuse reformers who’s desire is to stop the nightmare of recycled poverty through the only true means, an education, of underfunding. These schools are cronic failures, not just today or last year, year after year. What is the deffinition of insanity? Doing the same failed thing time and time and expecting a differnt outcome. This is what they are selling to te public who pays these bills and suffers the consequences of their failures.

  2. Vinnie Frantantoni says:

    Assemblyman Louis Greenwald, the budget committee chair, should read the state constitution. The LEGISLATURE is responsible for providing funds for our state budget. Why is Greenwald blaming Gov. Christie for cutting spending on certain programs? Doesn’t Greenwald realize state revenues have declined by almost $4 BILLION the past two years? Greenwald and the “Gang of 120” have taxed and spent us into a financial black hole and they want to SPEND MORE! Wake,up, Legislators! The four pockets in our trousers, (local, county, state, & federal tax pockets), ARE EMPTY! Tell the Supreme Court to interpret the law and not mandate spending that is not within their power OR in the constitution. Case in point: The constitution states that the legislature shall provide for the maintenance and support of a thorough and efficient system of free public schools for the instruction of all the children in the State between the ages of five and eighteen years. How could the court order pre-school for three and four year old children? Take back your power, Legislators!

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