Yesterday in record turnout the people of New Jersey sent a strong message to school boards and districts. Residents across the state from middle class communities to wealthier ,privileged ones, voted “no” to school budgets they believed were grossly unfair to our children and simply unacceptable to parents. Normally voters pass 70 % of school budgets; this year over 50 % of residents rejected proposed plans.
Already overtaxed, dollar stretched residents were asked to endure higher tax dollars, larger class sizes, loss of staff and services, loss of important elective studies such as language, music and art and the almost complete demolition of some sports programs for middle schools or high school freshman classes. All with no consequence or concession from teachers unions or their administrations.
Local boards will have to become more creative and cut the fat from line items that were clearly not as important to their constituents. This simply adds to the very obvious fact that we must vote onto our school boards those with the foresight, skill sets, formal education background or business experience to create practical, sound choices and decisions for the future of our children.