Without state guidelines Abbott districts can’t make plans on how to use their funds
Next year’s school budgets have already been struck, and districts across New Jersey are planning how to best put to work the money they’ve been allocated.
Most districts, that is. (more…)
You have to ask yourself: Is the New Jersey Education Association really getting its money’s worth?
A report from the Election Law Enforcement Commission released last week says the state teachers union spent nearly $7 million to convince the public and lawmakers in Trenton that they are swell and that Gov. Chris Christie is not. (more…)
Gov. Chris Christie has been criticized for cutting spending to close this year’s massive state budget deficit. In truth, it was the only option he had.
If the governor had done nothing, the state would have run out of money before this current fiscal year is over. If the governor had raised taxes, people would have been hurt and an accelerated exodus of jobs and residents from New Jersey would have made our state’s financial problems worse. Cutting spending was the governor’s only option.
What pleases me, as New Jersey’s acting commissioner of education, is that Christie worked so hard to avoid reductions in state aid to New Jersey’s public schools.
Jan. 27, 2010
By Adrienne Lu
The Philadelphia Inquirer
TRENTON – Gov. Christie wielded his veto pen for the first time this week, singling out a Burlington City high school project that has gone more than 60 percent over budget as an example of the irresponsible waste he plans to end. (more…)
June 17, 2009
The Harvard Business Review
In the May 29, 2009 article, “L.A. Unified School District cancels bulk of summer school programs,” the Los Angeles Times reported that because of the state’s budget woes, L.A. Unified and other school districts in California were taking an axe to their summer school programs for the majority of students. (more…)
December 15, 2009
By ANDREA CLURFELD
GANNETT NEW JERSEY
The Asbury Park Press
Vows budgets will be cut at all levels
Gov.-elect Chris Christie said he plans to cut expenses at every level of government and enact measures to make sure “we won’t be pushing problems downstream to local taxpayers.” (more…)
June 1, 2009
Public dollars shouldn’t go to non-educational trips, especially when jobs are being cut.
Field trips are an important element of school. Years later, kids forget individual days in the classroom, but they remember trips to the Franklin Institute, the Smithsonian and other museums and cultural and historical attractions. (more…)
April 23, 2009
By DIANE Dâ€™AMICO
The Press of Atlantic City
The economy may be bad, and unemployment may be at an all-time high, but New Jersey voters still approved almost 74 percent of school budgets Tuesday, the same rate as last year.
State Education Commissioner Lucille Davy on Wednesday called the approval rate a sign that voters will support their schools, but they want to know the money is being spent effectively. (more…)