Feds Give Us $52K (Not)


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Congressman Bill Pascrell’s office put out a press release Monday to trumpet the fact that the legislator got $52,403 for the Verona school district. He did, but we’re never going to see a dime of it, and here’s why.

The funds were part of the $14.5 billion earmarked for so-called Title 1 activities under the Department of Education Appropriations Act for 2010. But when Washington doles out money like this, it doesn’t simply send us a check. That would be too easy. No, the money has to be routed through Trenton and Trenton’s rules are that Verona is too small and too wealthy to get Title 1 money. So the state reallocated the money to an Essex County vo-tech school that happens to have a Verona address (it’s in the building just west of the Community Center).

If all this makes any sense to you, you have a future in Trenton or Washington.

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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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