The New Jersey State AFL-CIO was proud to join with Working Families United for New Jersey, Inc. and our progressive partners outside of Paterson’s School 14 on May 2, 2013, to call on the New Jersey Schools Development Authority (SDA) to release funding for new school construction and much needed safety modifications for all of New Jersey’s schools.
In 2008, the State Legislature set aside $3.9 billion for new schools and school renovations, yet the SDA is still in possession of $3.1 billion of that money, which needs to be used to bring New Jersey schools up to a reasonable standard of safety and maintenance.
One of the most basic opportunities we can offer our state’s children is a quality education, but the disrepair of so many schools across the state has prevented us from fulfilling this promise for all children.
Succeeding in the mission of educating our state’s children requires at the very least, up-to-date and well-maintained facilities. We as a state should accept nothing less. Therefore the New Jersey State AFL-CIO will continue to stand with Working Families United for New Jersey, Inc. to ensure the release of vital funding to benefit our children and our schools.