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Video: Wimberly Continues to Speak Out for Local School Funding

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Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly serves on the Assembly Budget Committee Credits: New Jersey General Assembly
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PATERSON, NJ- While administrators, local leaders, and education activists widely welcomed Governor Phil Murphy’s proposed  $20 million increase in funding for Paterson’s schools for the 2018-2019 academic year, the announcement came as a reminder that it came after eight years of “flat funding” under Governor Chris Christie leaving them $250 million in the hole.

On Wednesday, Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly, a member of the Assembly Budget Committee, again thanked the Governor for the funding adding that “with all due respect, this is not enough.”

The remainder of Assemblyman Wimberly’s testimony, with video, follows:

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“Paterson’s schools have been severely underfunded by $250 million over the past eight years and have subsequently been forced to lay off 526 staff members over the past six years. For New Jersey’s second largest school district, this is unacceptable.

“Our district has a lack of teachers and staff members in a wide array of areas, including physical education instructors, art and science teachers, and nurses, among others. 

“STEM is the future for our children, and in order to have our students succeed in the next generation of the workforce, we must allocate funds where they are desperately needed. It would cost over $1 million to fix the laboratories in Paterson’s schools just to get them properly up-and-running again, and to me, this funding is imperative.

“The governor is on the right track with this budget, but we have a long road ahead of us in getting Paterson’s schools the funding that they not only need, but deserve.”

 

 

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