Dozens of Lakewood Middle School teachers returned to work Tuesday morning after rumors of a district-wide labor action went around yesterday.

Asbury Park Press

I have been informed recently that 15 million dollars in School Based Youth Services funding has been eliminated by the State of New Jersey to programs in 91 school districts in the state. As I understand it, this will cause the closure of our local office on Sept. 11. I am writing to, most respectfully; express my opinion that, particularly at this time, this is an unconscionable mistake.

I base my opinion on over three decades of direct experience with this program. Being in suburban and rural areas, leaders learned through experience here that funding for social services was not available to address many of the ills that confronted our students and their families.