Had to hit the second or third page of a google search before I found an article in the New York Times that actually says that the voters of New Jersey voted to cut 58% of the budgets for their school districts. With much wailing and gnashing of teeth, students walking out of classes in protest (hmmm....), and shouts of cutting programs and teachers close to the hearts of the students--music, athletics, etc.
Oh the horror, some districts may have to raise classroom capacity to over 30 (all of my classes from grade school on up had at least 30 people in them), cut Advanced Placement courses (it's for the children, let's cut the courses that would maybe give them a chance at a college education), and cut the number of guidance counselors in elementary schools (why does an elementary school kid need a guidance counselor??). One of these districts were asking for an over 7% tax increase and got shot down.
Good on the people of New Jersey for stand by their guns and for realizing that the spending frenzy of government has to stop.
3 years ago