Montclair’s Hillside PTA sent out an email to parents last night entitled:
GOV. CORZINE’S SCHOOL FUNDING BILL WILL SET BACK MONTCLAIR’S SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS
jist gist of it…
There’s no good news in the proposal for Montclair residents:
More of the funding formula is wealth based — meaning communities like ours will see a drop in state aid for special education and at-risk funding. The annual increase allowed will be the greater of 2.5% or the Cost Price Index (CPI) – that’s .5% less than current legislation.
As we are asked to support our programs more because we are “wealthy” we will be prevented from doing so because of the property tax cap. The bottom line? Montclair will have to spend less and cut more. There will be less money to educate our children.
SPEAK UP MONTCLAIR! Send a message that this community will not accept a bum’s
rush on something so important to the state, our schools and our children. Don’t let Gov. Corzine & this lame duck Legislature force their proposal on us without a thorough debate from all the stakeholders – including you.
Call or email NOW!! TODAY!!! to stop the funding formula bill. Tell our elected officials that we need more debate, more deliberation and a better understanding of this bill before they vote.
Senator Nia Gill – firstname.lastname@example.org 973-509-0388
Senator Richard Codey – email@example.com 973-731.6770
Assemblyman Thomas Giblin – firstname.lastname@example.org 973-779-3125
Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver – email@example.com 973-395-1166
Assemblyman Joe Roberts – firstname.lastname@example.org 856-742-7600
Wondering what to say? Something like this: “Please don’t pass the Gov.’s school funding formula bill. This issue impacts every parent, child & taxpayer in this state, and deserves more thoughtful consideration of all the details than this lame duck session can provide.”
To read the draft bill or view the Department of Education presentation visit