JCPS budget passes initial hurdle, increasing local investment
On March 20th, Jersey City Public Schools gave initial approval to a budget that would significantly increase funding for students & begin to turn its underfunding around.
This comes after a campaign by Jersey City Together launched in January pressed the district and members of the Board of Education to increase local funding by at least $50 million. The Superintendent's initial budget would add $50 million to the budget, investing in replacing staff that had been cut, social and emotional health of students, and more.
Parents called into the board meeting to express their support for the initial budget, because they could not be physically present during the COVID-19 outbreak.
The final budget will be approved in the late spring.