Did you know?
- Governor Christie has proposed flat or reduced funding for non-public school students in the 2017-18 school year. The final budget will be approved in late June.
- In his plan, the per-student allotment for bus transportation will remain $884 – an amount that has not changed in 10 years.
- Funding for school nurses and technology will be reduced, and funding for non-public school security will be eliminated altogether.
What can you do?
- Be informed. For more information, read the Action Alert and talking points from the New Jersey Catholic Conference.
- Be heard. Through Voter Voice, ask your representatives to reach out to their counterparts who serve on the Budget and Appropriations committees.
With language from Voter Voice, you can also reach out directly to the three individuals who will make budget recommendations. Urge them to fight for our school students:
Senator Nilsa Cruz-Perez
(Camden County and Gloucester County residents)
Phone: (856) 547-4800
Senator Jeff Van Drew
(Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland County residents)
Phone: (609) 465-0700
Assemblyman John J. Burzichelli
(Salem and Gloucester County residents)
Phone: (856) 251-9801
Now is the time when committee representatives are preparing to make recommendations for the final budget vote in June.
Now is the time to fight for fair distribution of funds for expenses that affect children at all schools. Public school students never have to leave a school because they can’t get a bus ride. This is the most important issue on the table, even for families who don’t need busing services. Our schools cannot thrive if students are unable to get there.
Remember, every Catholic school student saves taxpayers an average $19,000.
Our children deserve basic services no matter where they go to school. On behalf of your children, and all Catholic school children, thank you for making sure your voice is heard.
During Back to School Night we asked each parent to sign a letter addressed to the Governor, Senator and Representative asking them to increase the nonpublic transportation ceiling cost which has not been increased since 2007.
We are grateful to all our families who helped in this initiative, however, we believe that more needs to be done to motivate the Governor and legislature to make this increase a reality.
Many of you lost bussing this year because the cost was not increased for this year. In an effort to continue to make contact with the Governor and the legislators it is imperative that they hear how this has impacted your family. So we are asking all our families but especially those who have lost bussing over the past two years to write a personal letter to the Governor sharing your story how this has affected your family and the sacrifices you have made because you want your child/children to attend Catholic School.
Your letters should be mailed directly to the Governor at the following address:
The Honorable Chris Christie
Office of the Governor
P.O. Box 001
Trenton, New Jersey 08625
Your family may not have been affected by this but as we move into the future there is always the possibility that more of our families will experience the loss of transportation.
I believe that the more we make contact with those we have elected to represent all families in New Jersey the better we will be in the long run.
If you would like additional information or facts please let me know.
Sister Paula M. Randow,Principal