Jersey City Public Schools Enrollment Data Shows Diversity of District, Imperative to Progressively Fund

Here is what got cut JUST LAST YEAR (2019/20 schools budget):

160 teachers - CUT
25 teachers’ aides & assistants - CUT
20 janitorial, security, and food service staff - CUT
15 administrators & supervisors - CUT
All reading recovery teachers - CUT
22 out of 25 literacy coaches - CUT
19 out of 21 math coaches - CUT

Crisis intervention ratios increased from 1:200 to 1:400 students
Counseling ratios increased from 1:250 to 1:350 students
Class size ratios, lunch ratios, & recess ratios also went up.

These are cuts that were made BEFORE the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Let's look at the enrollment data from the NJ Department of Education to learn more:

The lowest rate of free and reduced lunch is 18%, at Cornelia F Bradford PS #16 in Ward E (Downtown).  The highest rate of free and reduced lunch is 96%, at Ezra L Nolan School MS #40, in Ward A (Greenville).

Children from families with incomes at or below 130 percent of the poverty level are eligible for free meals. Those with incomes between 130 percent and 185 percent of the poverty level are eligible for reduced-price meals. (

The graph below was created by the Jersey City Education team in January 2020 to show the scale of underfunding that has grown since 2008:

Board of Education Trustees:

Lorenzo Richardson - Board of Education President

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Gina Verdibello - Board of Education Vice President

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Marilyn Roman - Board of Education Trustee

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Mussab Ali - Board of Education Trustee

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Gerald Lyons - Board of Education Trustee

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Joan Terrell Paige - Board of Education Trustee

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Noemi Velazquez - Board of Education Trustee

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Lekendrick Shaw - Board of Education Trustee

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Alexander Hamilton - Board of Education Trustee
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Additional resources about Jersey City's funding crisis

Learn, educate, advocate

NJ Together Details Scale of Underfunding (Click on Photo to Learn More)

Why the School Tax Levy is Key to Funding Our Schools (& why seeking abatement funds isn't a concrete solution)

Jersey City's Public School Funding Crisis - A Civic Overview from NJ Together

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