Assemblywoman: Use Property Tax Relief Funds to Expand Preschool Offerings

NJTV News | February 16, 2016 | Education
Legislation would allocate $110M more for pre-K programs in over 100 lower-income districts

While the focus today in Trenton will be on Gov. Chris Christie’s budget proposals for dealing with state pension payments and the depleted Transportation Trust Fund, state Assemblywoman Mila Jasey (D-Essex and Morris) wants to take $110 million from the Property Tax Relief Fund and use that money to expand pre-K programs around the state.

Jasey says it’s a matter of priorities: “I believe very strongly that we need to make the education of our children beginning with the youngest ones a priority.”

Legislation co-sponsored by Jasey would expand offerings to offer 100 school districts around the state where at least 40 percent of students participate in the free or reduced lunch program.

Read a transcript of Jasey’s complete interview with Mary Alice Williams of NJTV News, a content partner of NJ Spotlight.