ELIZABETH — While Elizabeth lost more than $14 million in revenue from the state last year, this time, about $3 million is being returned, for a total allocation of almost $271 million.
Mayor J. Christian Bollwage exploited those Republican cuts, for which one of the city’s state representatives — Asm. Joe Cryan — cast the deciding vote, to urge residents to defeat the district’s budget.
More than 80 percent of districts in the state reduced classroom teaching staff, and half the budgets were rejected by local voters, which subjected schools to further cuts.
School board member Francisco González, a candidate in the April 27 election, said he is planning to protect students from a repeat of the kind of political assault that occurred last year.
“Instead of building up, some politicians would tear communities apart if it helps them get ahead,” he said. “In spite of the global economic recession, we are obligated to invest in our neighborhoods, our families’ quality of life and New Jersey children’s future.”
“I am pleased that we have crafted a spending plan that once again delivers a high quality of education without higher taxes,” he said.
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