JCT pens Op-Ed, presses for school funding amidst layoffs, program cuts
During the spring budget cycle for the Jersey City Board of Education, Jersey City Together parent leaders pressed repeatedly for action & increased local funding. This was particularly important following hundreds of layoffs that were initially proposed.
The Jersey City Board of Education passed their final budget in May 2019 that included a 10% local tax levy increase (creating $4-6 million more than was originally proposed for local schools). It also included $3 million to address water infrastructure. This spring, the Jersey City Board of Education also renewed the community school contracts for PS 15, PS 23, & PS 34, after support from parents and principals.
The Jersey City Public Schools, however, are still underfunded by $100+ million.
JCT is now directing their focus to the Jersey City Municipal Council to fill some of the gap. Read our Op-Ed in the Jersey Journal here: https://www.nj.com/hudson/2019/05/no-way-to-run-a-world-class-school-district-opinion.html