Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Dave Wolfe and Greg McGuckin (all R-10) today said that they stand by Toms River Regional School District Superintendent David Healy’s testimony, as delivered during a public budget hearing, stating that they will continue to fight for fair funding for students in Ocean County and throughout New Jersey.
District 10 Legislators stand by Toms River Regional School District Superintendent David Healy’s testimony, as delivered a March 21, 2019 public budget hearing, stating that they will continue to fight for fair funding for students in Ocean County and throughout New Jersey. (Wikimedia Commons)
Superintendent Healy testified at a March 21, 2019 public budget hearing in Newark, urging officials to stop all further cuts until the flaws in the state’s funding formula are fixed. The severe funding cuts to schools within Legislative District 10 have been vehemently opposed by legislators, school officials, and students.
“Superintendent Healy’s testimony shines a light on the glaring holes in our state’s school funding formula,” Senator Holzapfel said. “As a result of Governor Murphy’s funding cuts, District 10 is set to lose over $5.5 million in State aid for the 2019-2020 school year. On behalf of students and taxpayers in our district, we will continue to speak out against the deeper cuts that will be imposed in the years to come if the Governor’s budget proposal becomes law.”
“We have been met with nothing but silence from the State Department of Education when we questioned their lack of transparency in calculating Local Fair Share,” Assemblymen McGuckin added. “Stating that the calculations for determining Local Fair Share are ‘proprietary’ seems to be an excuse for withholding valuable information from our school district. We believe all school districts should have the right to know how the property and wealth calculators in the formula are obtained.”
“We vow to fight the cuts imposed by Governor Murphy and the Democrat-controlled Legislature, whose members have been completely unresponsive to the needs of local students and taxpayers,” Assemblymen Wolfe said. “Our office is working diligently with local school officials and our colleagues in Trenton to restore funding for our local schools. We will not roll over and allow Democrats to redirect millions away from our school districts at the expense of our student’s education and our resident’s tax dollars.”
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