Governor Warns Of 15% Cut To School Aid


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MyVeronaNJ-BrookdaleBrace for impact: Gov. Chris Christie told school districts on Wednesday to prepare for a 15% cut in state aid in the fiscal year 2011 budget.

According to, the governor isn’t setting the cuts in stone–he told a roundtable discussion in Union that he wants to keep state aid flat. And he coupled his warning with a promise that the the state will give school districts “tools” to control salary, pension and benefit costs. But it’s clear that if there isn’t some serious horse-trading in Trenton before March 16, when the governor makes his budget announcement, the slashing will begin. The cuts for fiscal 2011 would be in addition to the mid-year freeze on $475 million in payments to school districts announced last week.

Verona Board of Education officials have already begun to prepare for the worst, issuing their own warning at last week’s Board meeting of possible “drastic” cuts to our school budget. Expect a serious discussion of the governor’s warning at the board’s budget meetings, which are scheduled for March 2, 16, and 30.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected].


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