NJ Budget Vote

Thursday, April 23, 2009

WNYC's Bob Hennelly and Frank Belluscio, communications director of the New Jersey School Boards Association, talk about the voting results of the New Jersey school budget proposals.


Frank Belluscio and Bob Hennelly

Comments [9]

Bob from Middletown, NJ

Although high-paid administrators are lightning rods, the problem with high cost of schools is more broad -- the highest line item on any district's budget is salaries. Our teachers and administrators negotiate great contracts with school boards. The biard members are not experts in labor negotiation, and compromises are based on what happens in other inexperienced districts. Could we benefit from standardized statewide teacher and administrator salaries and negotiation? Then the best teachers will be attracted to the districts where teachers are well treated and parents don't stink, and we might be able to lower our costs.

Apr. 23 2009 10:56 AM
hjs from 11211

paul, if u have kids the first question asked is how're the schools!

Apr. 23 2009 10:49 AM
John Hahn from Glen Rock NJ

Solution Raise TAXES on ALL people who choose NOT to vote in the school board elections.
That will get participation.

Apr. 23 2009 10:44 AM
John Hahn from Glen Rock NJ

The NJ Teacher's Union needs to get real about helathcare insurance costs.
Here in private sector we pay for own.
I am for Teachers being paid for their work. Bu they should understand that the perk ride is hurting the pocket book of the taxpayers.

Apr. 23 2009 10:42 AM
paul from nyc

selling a house depends more on high taxes than school quality.

Apr. 23 2009 10:42 AM
hjs from 11211

take back your government!

Apr. 23 2009 10:41 AM
Phoebe from NJ

Perhaps consolidation of the 600-odd school districts (with all the duplication of costs that entails), and putting public sector staff onto benefits comparable to the private sector (health, pension etc) would save a fortune, and do away with the need for these sham elections.

Apr. 23 2009 10:39 AM

School budget and board elections? In our NJ town the voters got no informative material, the vote was a farce. No newspapers cover towns anymore, and towns do not require any meetings to be recorded. Most parents cannot make dinnertime meetings.

If a school budget, approved by the school board is rejected by voters, it is up to the town council to decide what to do.

Therefore the prevailing wisdom in our town was reduced to this:

Apr. 23 2009 10:31 AM
hjs from 11211

to save money could some school districts, like the ones with no schools be abolished?

Apr. 23 2009 10:11 AM

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