Has Your Voice Been Heard? Please help.
Has your voice been heard?
If not, please take just a few minutes and log on to Voter Voice. Ask your representatives to do everything they can to support fair distribution of funds for students at all schools in New Jersey. Governor Christie will make final budget decisions in June, so the timing is critical. Here are the key points:
·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.
How you can make a difference
·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
·Spread the word and share the Voter Voice link. You don’t need to have a child in a non-public school to reach out to your representative. It costs an average $19,000 to educate a student in New Jersey, so the issue affects all taxpayers.
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.