TAPinto Paterson has invited all candidates for Mayor and City Council to offer statements on several key issues related to the future of Paterson. These submissions will be run in their entirety and not edited in any way.
Following are former Second Ward Councilman, and council hopeful, Aslon Goow’s views on education.
I personally have not had the benefit of a college education but through my life experience, I believe it’s a fundamental responsibility for all of us that every young man and woman gets a proper education.
Governor Murphy is sponsoring a bill to give everybody free education that attend community colleges. I am in very much support of this, regardless of whether you live here or not. If you’re in this country there’s no reason in the world why we should deprive anybody of an opportunity to get an education.
As most of us know, Paterson’s school system is run by the state and funded by the state by over a half billion dollar budget. The city of Paterson also contributes about $43 million to that and has no say whatsoever on how the state operates the school system. This is a little more complicated for legislators who are seeking office in hopes they will be able to impart some ideas to the Board of Education.
When I served as the 2nd Ward councilman, the city council used to meet with the school board members to try to work together in collaboration to make our school system more productive.
The governor has also given Paterson an extra $20 million this year and continues to fund the construction of new schools. I would like to see a vocational school open in Paterson, a state of the art facility that will teach our youth to be carpenters, mechanics, air conditioning and refrigeration technicians, and prepare to work in the IT field. Not everyone wants to go to college. There should be other alternatives.
If and when elected I will, as I have in the past, continue to advocate on behalf of our youth to bring a vocational school to Paterson.
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