Jersey City mayor and schools superintendent deal with school funding loss

WORKING TOGETHER – Schools Superintendent Dr. Marcia Lyles will be working with Mayor Steven Fulop to find ways to make up for loss of state aid to the schools.
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WORKING TOGETHER – Schools Superintendent Dr. Marcia Lyles will be working with Mayor Steven Fulop to find ways to make up for loss of state aid to the schools.

JERSEY CITY – Mayor Steven Fulop and the Superintendent of Jersey City Public Schools Dr. Marcia Lyles announced on July 14 that the city and the public school district are working together to close the $8.5 million state funding gap that was announced last week.
The two said they are committed to finding ways to ensure that the cuts have minimal impact on the classroom and that Jersey City public school students continue to receive the same high level of education prior to the cuts.
“We are working together to identify areas where we can cost share and ensure that this cut from Trenton does not impact our students,” said Mayor Fulop. “Jersey City was slated to lose $100 million and credit is owed to our legislative delegation who clawed that back. Now, we will do everything we can to close this gap to ensure the continued progress of our schools.”
Some of the areas that are being discussed for cost sharing include eliminating the $2 million cost for police personnel in the schools, expanding recreation department programs to cover activities and after school programming in schools, and assisting with various custodial costs, amongst other services.
“This demonstrates that even with these additional budgetary constraints, there is a shared commitment by all to provide the highest quality education for all of our students,” said Dr. Lyles. “Our goal is to continue the progress we have made that has led us on this successful path to full local control of our schools.”