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. (https://frac.org/school-meal-eligibility-reimbursements)
The 2020/21 schools budget aims to REVERSE the trend of underfunding and start to INVEST in our kids again.
Superintendent Walker, in advocating for this budget to the Board of Education in March 2020, said: "We've been providing our children with 3-legged chairs...they deserve better."
Board of Education Trustees:
Additional resources about Jersey City's funding crisis
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Jersey City's Public School Funding Crisis - A Civic Overview from NJ Together
Learn more at NJTogether.org/Education.
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