Written By: Bill Cole

44, as in Chapter 44 the new NJ School Employees’ Health Benefits Program, which went into effect in January, 2021 and have allowed many public school employees to realize considerable savings in what they now pay for their health benefits.

25, as in the years it has been since a full yearly payment has been made to the state pension system, something which Governor Murphy has pledged to do for the upcoming fiscal year to the tune of $6.4 billion.

18.1, as in $18.1 billion in total investment in NJ K-12 schools in Governor Murphy’s proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

10, as in an estimated $10 billion of additional dollars that will be allocated to NJ Public schools as a result of the recent signing of the Federal American Rescue Plan Act.

15,000, as in at least 15,000 letters by parents and school staff sent to the NJ Department of Education to urge them to apply to the U.S. Department of Education for to waive statewide assessments for this school year. The state DOE ultimately did apply for the waiver and as of this writing is still awaiting a response at the federal level.