U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson) today joined fellow representatives in applauding the inclusion of a $23 billion emergency supplemental appropriation to school systems nationwide. The congressman estimates the supplemental – if passed – could provide an estimated $630,975,000 infusion to New Jersey schools.
“Schools throughout the nation are facing their greatest funding challenges they have seen in decades. But to put teachers out on the street is to undercut the most important investment we are making for a more prosperous future – the investment in the next generation,” said Pascrell, a former high school history teacher. “Other than parents, teachers have the most direct impact on the education of a child. My colleagues in Congress and I understand this and want to provide the resources to keep as many teachers in the classroom as possible.”
The announcement came just days after teachers and other public sector employees stormed Trenton to protest Gov. Chris Christie’s budget cuts.
The $23 billion emergency appropriation would be in addition to the $100 billion allocated to public school systems through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.