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How “School Rich” Districts Shortchange NJ Suburbia.

As Newark Tech receives a 31-million-dollar update to a state-of-the-art school facility, it will be comparable to the Google headquarters. Several schools in New Jersey suburbs are not even equipped with air conditioning.

There is a significant disparity in school funding. They assert that urban low-income communities require further assistance, and no one can dispute this. They need additional funding for food programmes and special seminars and programmes, but how much is excessive? How much may these districts receive before we deem it sufficient? However, children in the suburbs and rural areas are receiving a substandard education because our tax dollars are being diverted to urban schools so they can have whatever they desire.

Consider Newark, where state funding totals a staggering $1.03 billion. With an enrollment of 36,407 students, this translates to an astounding $28,291 per student. Each registered kid in Paterson receives $21,232 from the district’s almost $500 million budget. Elizabeth costs approximately $16,000 per pupil. While most school districts receive only a few thousand or even hundreds of dollars. What are Newark and other metropolitan areas doing with all this money? They are constructing cutting-edge schools.

They purchase everything a student might desire, whereas the suburbs must make do with what they have. These “school-rich” districts consume the majority of our tax dollars. Absolutely, I refer to Newark and these other metropolitan districts as “school wealthy” because they have all our tax dollars can buy, but “school poor” districts have underpaid school teachers, little programmes, and students who sweat on hot days due to a lack of air conditioning.

The “school wealthy” also receive free pre-k. They say that parents in the suburbs can afford to pay for their children’s pre-kindergarten education. No, Trenton and Mr. Governor, not everyone in the suburbs is wealthy. Many of these families are hardworking blue-collar families who pay sky-high taxes that are intended to go towards their children’s education; however, they are left with the additional burden and struggle of sending their children to preschool. Whether or if they can afford it. In the meantime, metropolitan schools receive everything on a silver platter.

If you bring this up in modern society, some will cry racial prejudice, although this evaluation is absolutely colorblind. I can say this with objectivity because I attended school in a “school-rich” urban district. All that money could purchase was ours. We possessed the most advanced computers of the era.

The finest facilities and equipment for sports. Our auto repair shop is comparable to a vehicle dealership. Our wood shop is even worthy of HGTV. On those scorching days, our air conditioner was ice cold. Individuals who have not seen both sides of an issue may not be aware of their differences. Now that I have children attending a suburban school, I am aware of all the amenities they are lacking.

It’s all about the squeaky wheel receiving the grease, and urban schools are the loudest squeakers. The “school rich” assert that their schools are underfunded, yet they have the highest-paid instructors, the greatest facilities, and a variety of programmes not available in the suburbs.

I’d think it’s time for the suburbs to become more vocal. Plenty is sufficient. At one point, the opposite was true. The suburbs were the most prosperous. It appears like the tables have turned. When will New Jersey get it right? Everyone desires justice for their children.

So why are the children of New Jersey’s suburbs penalised for where they live?

Why are suburbanites neglected? We also have children, and we want everyone to receive an equal education. We do not wish for Newark and other urban youngsters to receive a lesser education than our own. We want all students in the state to receive the same education, but as Governor Murphy stated at the opening of Newark’s newest school and a library named after him, “this is a statement of who we are as a community.”

When you look at your paycheck deductions, pay your sky-high New Jersey property tax, or pay your pricey rent that is a result of high property tax, remember that Trenton is stealing money from your child’s education and giving it to urban districts. It is now time to begin squeaking.

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Parvesh is the Content Writer for New Jersey Local News. Here at New Jersey Local News, she covers local news of New Jersey state. Moreover, Parvesh likes to dance and listen to music. She also finds time in her hectic schedule to relax and spend time with loved ones.


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