Lawmakers To Hold Hearing On Impact Of Governor’s Education Cuts

Sen. Barbara Buono

EDISON – State Sen. Barbara Buono, Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan and Assemblyman Peter Barnes will hold a public hearing in Edison on Thursday, Jan. 20, to give students, parents, teachers and residents an opportunity to share how the governor’s $1 billion cut to public education has impacted their lives and their schools.

“Gov. Christie’s public school cuts have had a devastating effect on many educational and extra-curricular programs our students have enjoyed and benefited from for years,” said Buono (D-Middlesex). “I’ve been hearing from parents and students alike about the impact of these cuts and feel their stories are vital in order to help gain a full appreciation of the consequences these cuts have had on education.”

As the author of New Jersey’s School Funding Reform Act of 2008, Buono expressed concern with what she described as the Governor’s “complete dismantling” of the funding formula that was recently upheld as constitutional by the New Jersey Supreme Court.

“As we begin to craft the budget for the next fiscal year, it is vital that we understand the impact that the Governor’s last budget has had on our schools,” said Buono. “All members of the public are invited to attend and share their stories for the public record.”

The hearing will take place from 6-8:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Edison High School, 50 Boulevard of the Eagles.

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