Jersey City Board of Education Passes Historic School Levy Investment

Jersey City Board of Education Passes Historic School Levy Investment

Tonight the Jersey City Board of Education passed its 2022-23 school budget along a 5-4 vote, approving funds that staved ...
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Some final words on 2022-23 Schools Budget, anti-school tax rhetoric, and city/BOE budget timelines

Some final words on 2022-23 Schools Budget, anti-school tax rhetoric, and city/BOE budget timelines

This is my final post re: the Jersey City Public Schools budget which will be voted on this Monday. The ...
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Jersey City Schools Budget, 2022-23, a brief update & next steps FYI

Jersey City Schools Budget, 2022-23, a brief update & next steps FYI

This is an update on the unfolding budget process for Jersey City Public Schools; the budget was introduced Tuesday March ...
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A picture of state aid reduction in Jersey City

A picture of state aid reduction in Jersey City

I wanted to share a picture of the state aid reductions to Jersey City Public Schools. State Aid can be ...
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Take Action: Support Jersey City Public Schools

Take Action: Support Jersey City Public Schools

TAKE ACTION FOR OUR SCHOOLSThe Jersey City Board of Education will vote on the 2022/23 schools budget on March 21st ...
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Putting Jersey City’s low school tax rate into perspective

Putting Jersey City's low school tax rate into perspective

Jersey City lost another $68 million in state aid on March 10th, 2022. This cut was expected, part of the ...
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Jersey City Public Schools: Visualization for Federal Covid-19 Aid

Jersey City Public Schools: Visualization for Federal Covid-19 Aid

The Jersey City Public Schools have received over $160 million in federal COVID-19 aid since 2020 and I was curious ...
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Midway through Jersey City’s “S2” state aid cuts: assessing the fiscal landscape.

Midway through Jersey City's "S2" state aid cuts: assessing the fiscal landscape.

It has been nearly four years since NJ passed the “S2” law, leading to state aid cuts to Jersey City ...
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What is in our local public schools budget? (a tool for advocates)

What is in our local public schools budget? (a tool for advocates)

What’s included in our schools budget, and how is it structured (laid out)? I wanted to create a visualization for ...
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Accountability Check: a look back at mental health services included in the FY2021-22 Jersey City Public Schools Budget

Accountability Check: a look back at mental health services included in the FY2021-22 Jersey City Public Schools Budget

Jersey City's FY2021-22 public schools budget included concrete, promised investments in mental health services for our city's students. In this ...
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JCPS Mental Health – 2021 Call to Action

JCPS Mental Health - 2021 Call to Action

Help compel the Jersey City BOE to improve mental health services for our students After years of cuts, the district ...
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Jersey City Public Schools Urgently Need Counselors for Our Kids

Jersey City Public Schools Urgently Need Counselors for Our Kids

Update: the BOE did not speak in public to the issue of mental health counselors at the Nov 29th BOE ...
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Jersey City Public Schools Staffing Shortage: A data-driven view from Board Docs

Jersey City Public Schools Staffing Shortage: A data-driven view from Board Docs

Jersey City is experiencing a staffing shortage in its public schools. While this is part of a nationwide trend, local ...
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Improving accountability and transparency for Jersey City Public Schools

Improving accountability and transparency for Jersey City Public Schools

In 2021 Jersey City Public Schools fully funded its schools for the first time in over a decade. Reasonable questions ...
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NJ’s “Cost Per Pupil” is a flawed comparison of school district cost.

NJ’s “Cost Per Pupil” is a flawed comparison of school district cost.

How NJ's "cost-per-pupil" can mislead taxpayers to interpret "investing more in higher needs students" as "overspending" On its face, the ...
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The Board of Education Should Approve Superintendent Walker’s Schools Budget & Fully Fund Our Schools

The Board of Education Should Approve Superintendent Walker's Schools Budget & Fully Fund Our Schools

Superintendent Walker proposed a fully funded budget on Monday, March 15th, a monumental step forward in Jersey City’s efforts to ...
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CivicParent NJ Property Tax Viewer: 2020 Levies

CivicParent NJ Property Tax Viewer: 2020 Levies

The 2020 property tax tables for calendar year 2020 are now available. This data provides insight into the way municipal, ...
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JCPS: How does the schools budget process work?

JCPS: How does the schools budget process work?

Update, Feb 5, 2021: I’m re-upping this post from 2020 to share with anyone who’s interested in the upcoming schools ...
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Abatements 801: We need better abatement disclosures in NJ to show impact on public schools

Abatements 801: We need better abatement disclosures in NJ to show impact on public schools

This is post included in both my abatement series and a series about the User Friendly Budget in NJ.  We ...
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