Gov. Murphy dedicates $100M for in-person reopening

CLOSE staff writers Charlie Stile and Ashley Balcerzak discuss the revised budget Gov. Murphy unveiled Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020.

School districts that plan to reopen their classrooms this year can draw on a $100 million pot of cash to help keep their students safe from coronavirus, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Wednesday.

The money comes from the state’s slice of federal stimulus funds, of which another $60 million will help bridge the digital divide for students who can’t effectively learn remotely because of technical challenges. Murphy announced the funding from the football field at Somerville High School, one day after taking the field at Rutgers University’s SHI Stadium to announce his budget proposal for the shortened fiscal year that begins in October.

“These are not just wise investments in our community, they are absolutely necessary investments in our future,” Murphy said from the end zone at Somerville. “We know

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Public school funding would stay flat despite higher coronavirus costs under Murphy budget

While the 2020-21 school year will be an unprecedented one, the state will spend the same amount on K-12 schools as it did in 2019-20 school year, under Gov. Phil Murphy’s revised state budget proposal.

The $335 million spending increase for schools that was originally proposed during the budget address in February has been scrapped, the governor said Tuesday during his budget address at SHI Stadium at Rutgers University in Piscataway.

Under the reworked budget, school aid remains flat at $8.7 billion while continuing the phase-in of the updated school funding formula, the governor said.

The formula funding is part of Murphy’s $32.4 billion budget for the nine months beginning Oct. 1, including $4 billion in borrowing and $1 billion in new taxes.

In May, Murphy informed districts of the plan to slash the extra hundreds of millions in aid as the financial fallout of the coronavirus pandemic — including

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Murphy, don’t cut funding from The Source of Red Bank high school

Gregg Abella
Published 5:02 a.m. ET Sept. 4, 2020


Delegates and special guests are invited to attend a closing night in-person reception with Governor Phil Murphy in Asbury Park

Asbury Park Press

Dear Gov. Murphy:

On your website, you state that you believe “health care is a right, not a privilege, and (that you) will work to ensure that all New Jerseyans have access to affordable health care.” With respect to mental health for youth, in a press release last year you asserted that your administration is “striving to do all that (it) can to improve health and wellness for our students,” and that your specific legislative efforts seek to “enhance student understanding, attitudes, and behaviors related to mental health to promote well-being.”

While, politically, words like these are certainly convenient to say, unfortunately, your administration’s recent actions do not square at all with your rhetoric.

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