Say NO to Public School Funding Plan in New Jersey
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I would like to put an end to budget cuts to New Jersey Public Schools, especially in my town of Tinton Falls. We function without as it is. Now a new plan may cut more desperately needed money. We may lose teachers and programs for our children. Below is the letter I have sent to Senator Beck, Assemblywoman Joann Downey and Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling:
June 20, 2017
Dear Senator Beck, Assemblyman Houghtaling, Assemblywoman Joann Downey,
I am heartsick over the news of the new funding plan for New Jersey public schools. I have worked in the Tinton Falls School District for over 15 years, 12 of which have been in administration. As a secretary I get to see the new families coming into the district. I register the new students and feel I am the first face of our school. I am proud of this district and the people who work here.
I cannot list the amount of stories I have regarding the selflessness of the staff of this district. I cannot tell you how sad some of the stories of our students. I will say that our 3 buildings here in Tinton Falls will agree; we are the only safety, structure and place that some of these students feel they truly belong in. Now this trend has grown over the years, as more and more blended families have been registered. More and more families are in need of free lunch/reduced lunch benefits. More and more families are living with other families within Tinton Falls.
I have been here to support Colts Neck students whose mothers and fathers serve in our military to help protect our country. I am proud of our district for stepping in to help these families when others would not. I have seen how our district was not given the aide they needed throughout the education of these families. I also am aware that Colts Neck benefited from state aide they received for children they did not educate, while funds that we truly needed were not afforded to us. The teachers in my district have purchased their own supplies, food for students who are hungry, clothing when it is needed. I am extremely concerned that people who feel they can place these new funding plans feel that they truly know what they are doing. How could they? Do they see what I see? Do they know truly what my district needs? Have they come through these schools to see a day in the life here? From past practice I can say no. Since year after year Tinton Falls has had less and less when it comes to our schools. But through it all, this administration, these teachers and support staff have stood by and put their backs into it for the sake of their students. They deal with less, but you could never tell. And now, you are saying we may lose more? More staff? More programs?
Is this how you take care of our children? The future of this country? The men and women who make it their lives to shape theirs?
I am a single mother of two young adults. My two sons came to this district. I work two jobs in order to live and survive. I live in Tinton Falls and pay taxes in Tinton Falls as well. I support this town with my whole heart. I am not sure if you are aware of how special this town is. The people here have rallied together on more than one occasion when others needed help. Are you admitting that you would support a plan that hurts this town and its children? Because if this funding plan goes through, that is exactly what you will be doing. I am hoping you read every word of this letter and realize that what I am saying. Voting NO on this funding plan is the only right thing to do. And I pray you will come to that realization. I would hope that you would serve your job well in protecting the very towns that you promised to represent. With all this district has been through already I simply cannot believe I even have to express myself this way, to defend what we do to help the children get the best education they can. How can we do that if even more is taken away from us?
Until that time, I will be here, at my desk, working as I always do to make every day better for the students and staff of the Tinton Falls School District. Thank you for your time.
Main Office Secretary
Swimming River School
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