Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf, and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove lambasted the deep and painful school funding cuts to local school districts in the recently adopted FY 2020 State Budget that was passed by the Legislature and signed by Governor Murphy.
Connors, Rumpf & Gove lambasted deep funding cuts to local school districts in the recently adopted FY 2020 State Budget that was passed by the Legislature and signed by Governor Murphy. (Wikipedia)
The 9th District delegation, which had worked closely with local school officials to modify the state’s broken school funding formula, issued the following statement:
“Students, education professionals, parents and taxpayers in our area will pay a heavy price for Trenton’s unwillingness to admit that the state’s school funding formula is fundamentally flawed and politicized.
“For all the empty rhetoric and grandstanding about fairness and fully funding public education, the State Budget passed by the Legislature and signed by Governor Murphy cuts funding to school districts in our area, including Superstorm Sandy impacted-districts. Like many of our constituents, we found this to be unconscionable. That’s why we voted against the State Budget and legislation appropriating millions of dollars to cover the legal costs for illegal aliens facing deportation.
“Unquestionably, it’s a continuation and expansion of the longstanding but failed education policy that treats suburban and rural areas disparately in terms of school funding. As urban areas continue to receive a windfall of funding teachers, parents and taxpayers in school districts that had their funding cut will be lectured by a tone-deaf Trenton on how to do more with less.
“The rolling impact of a second consecutive year of school funding cuts is already being felt by virtue of the fact that school districts are laying off teachers and other positions. As always, we stand with our constituents in demanding reform that takes politics out of how our schools are funded by the state.”
In an effort to build a coalition of concerned citizens who are demanding that the State’s school funding formula be reformed to more effectively serve the needs of residents, our delegation has started an online “Save our Schools” petition which allows persons to actively engage in this critical policy debate.
The online petition can be signed at: https://www.senatenj.com/saveourschools/.
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