As in past years, the months of April and May are very important months for doing advocacy on behalf of our Catholic school students. This is the time when the legislators on our key committees will be making modifications to the Governor’s budget. Based on their recommendations, the final version of the budget, which will be promulgated on June 30th, will hopefully contain some of the increases we are asking for.
At the bottom of the Action Alert, there is a link to the VOTER VOICE set up by the NJ Catholic Conference. Please send a message to the legislators using this link. It will take only a few minutes of your time.
ISSUE: The accounts for the nonpublic school community were level-funded by Governor Murphy in his Fiscal Year 2020 proposed Budget issued on March 5, 2019. His decision permits us to move forward on additional requests from the Legislature.
OUR POSITION: The New Jersey Catholic Conference and the New Jersey Network of Catholic School Families are asking for the following specific increases in the Fiscal Year 2020 Education Budget.
An increase from $1,000.00 to $1,040.00 for the per-pupil ceiling for nonpublic school transportation in order to provide opportunities for students to receive rides to school.
An increase from $97.00 per pupil to $125.00 per pupil for nonpublic school nursing services to provide additional hours for nurses in nonpublic schools and to cover the needs specified by recent legislation with respect to the requirements for improved student health.
An increase in the funding for Compensatory Education (remedial Reading, Mathematics, and Language Arts) from $995.33 to $1,100.00. The former figure is in Budget language and limits service providers to that amount.
ACTION: Please contact the legislators from your district by using the Voter Voice system. By using the link below, you will get these messages to the legislators who serve on the Senate and Assembly Budget Committees. It will only take a few minutes of your time. Thank you in advance for taking this action on behalf of all Catholic school students.
You may use the New Jersey Catholic Conference Faith in Action - Voter Voice system which can be accessed at: