Education chief talks of Abbott funding, full-day kindergarten

TRENTON – While he described it as a potential “tragedy,” acting Education Commissioner Chris Cerf  told the Assembly Budget Committee Tuesday that the state could theoretically cut the state-funded full-day kindergarten services in the state’s 31 former Abbot districts to free up funds to fulfill a potential Supreme Court mandate.

Cerf said full-day kindergarten “is not actually required” by state law.

“We could go half day pre-K and find hundreds of millions of dollars,” he said. “That’s probably the biggest pot.”

Personally, he said that he didn’t think it would be a good idea given all the positive research suggesting the link between student success and pre-kindergarten services. However, he said there are a limited number of areas where the state could reduce its costs.  

“I think it would be a tragedy.”

A Supreme Court special master report found that the former Abbott school districts were underfunded by $1.6 billion.

 http://www.politickernj.com/46757/greenwald-scolds-cerf-over-incomplete-answers

 

 

Education chief talks of Abbott funding, full-day kindergarten