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Brick Would Lose $2.1M Under N.J. Legislators’ School Funding Deal

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Brick Township High School (File Photo)
Brick Township High School (File Photo)

Brick taxpayers will face a $2.1 million budget shortfall if a compromise plan agreed upon by state Sen. President Stephen Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto is signed into law.

The plan would cut Brick’s state aid by $2.1 million, according to northern Ocean County’s legislative delegation, who blasted the potential cuts in a statement issued Thursday.

“We have a property tax crisis that is about to explode as a result of this backroom deal negotiated in secret by Democrats who control the New Jersey Legislature,” said Sen. James Holzapfel. “First, we were devastated by huge ratable losses resulting from Superstorm Sandy, and now we’ll be devastated by massive cuts to our schools thanks to New Jersey Democrats.”

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Holzapfel, as well as Assembly members Gregory P. McGuckin and David Wolfe, who represent Brick, are Republicans. The agreement struck Thursday was among the leading Democrats who control the state legislature. It was unclear if Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, would support the funding compromise.

The agreement will add an additional $125 million in school funding, but would cut aid to many suburban Ocean County districts. Toms River, Manchester, Lavallette and others would also be affected, the local legislators said.

According to NJ Spotlight, a website that tracks New Jersey public affairs, the deal would add a total of $146 million in additional aid that would go to nearly 400 school districts that have been underfunded for nearly a decade under the state’s school-funding formula. But to pay for that increase, $46 million would be cut from districts that are receiving so-called adjustment aid, of which Brick is included.

Additional cuts in aid beyond the initial $2.1 million hit would come in the years to follow.

While Brick and Toms River will lost a combined $5 million, Newark and Elizabeth would both gain $7.5 million under the plan. Jersey City, however, would lose $8.5 million.

“Our schools will lose millions of dollars of funding this year, followed by additional cuts next year and more the year after that,” said Wolfe. “As a long-time educator, it’s nauseating to see New Jersey Democrats gutting education funding and hurting our school children.”

McGuckin called the plan “a slap in the face to our hardworking residents and communities still struggling to rebuild.”

According to the Bergen Record, Christie had little to say on the issue. His office issued a state saying, “the governor is willing to consider the proposal but he has some concerns about fairness.”


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  • ThatGuy

    More democrats that only care about brown people.

    Its cute when the rich Dems in the shore towns actually think Libs care about white people along the shore.

    Why should we get less aid when the districts that specialize in illegal immigrants get more?

    • J W

      Basically, you want a handout, but don’t want to see anyone non white get a handout.

      • ThatGuy

        Basically i believe in equality, all of us getting hand outs or none of us.

        So much money gets thrown away into the ghetto towns and nothing good comes out.

        Wasnt that Christies school funding plan? Every kid gets the same amount of aide regardless of where they are from. The Dems needed to tilt it towards the ghetto towns that harbor illegals.

      • Bob Gray

        Yes! What has any black/brown person ever contributed to American/Western society? Okay, something positive to society? I’m sure J W will bring up peanut butter and the traffic light. J W go away! We don’t you or your kind in Brick. Go to Patterson or Camden. Your kind has brought nothing but problems to our country. I wish the South brought in Irish slaves to pick their cotton…

      • Frank Rizzo

        If you people get a free ride why should not the rest of us.

      • J W

        Go burn a cross, inbred.

      • Bob Gray

        Go eat a banana, monkey. Wash it down with some grape soda.

      • J W

        White Bricktucky racism. That’s the only card you inbreds have in your deck.

      • Late Night Comedian

        Dont fall into J W’s race trap.
        J W isn’t even black.
        When you answer back with ignorant racist garbage, you make all caucasians look bad.
        Then again, you might be J W going back and forth with a racist conversation with yourself.
        Who knows anymore on these websitrs.

      • KaayC

        The only rascists here are the sore loser Dems pandering for third world votes. I smell a tax revolt. Oh how politically incorrect of me to say!

  • Chief Wahoo

    You are at War with these communists and you all still don’t even know it. When will you ever wake up ??

    But don’t worry about what Chief Wahoo thinks. Simply ask democRAT mayor Ducey what he thinks about the democRAT plan……

    • KaayC

      Wahoo they are all rats: DemocRats and RepublicRats. I despise them both in equal measure, though these days the DemocRats seem particularly despicable. Yes let’s do, ask Mr. D. his take on this maneuver by this party of losers. He has a monthly Facebook accessed town meeting. I dont use social media but someone could ask.

  • Jack Mac

    Big cuts but brick has a good size surplus $$ this shouldn’t be put onto the tax payers ..

  • Late Night Comedian

    How will we pay for school sports?
    We need need million dollar artificial turf fields and bleachers and uniforms for our illiterate kids.

    • KaayC

      YOUR illiterate kids. Mine went to school here and did just fine. Now a business professional. This before the Dems lost their minds.

  • Frank Rizzo

    Time to speak as one like the Hasidic do….make sure your neighbors vote, put pressure on your family to vote.

    • KaayC

      Can someone get an online or email petition going? I would sign it. I would even make one if I knew how it was done. These Dems have shown their true colors. They couldnt care less about schools or kids. They have lost their power base and will stoop to this level pandering to the urban miscreant vote.

  • KaayC

    This Sweeney should be tarred, feathered, drawn and quartered.