Assembly Republican Press Release -
Assemblywoman Donna Simon said reports that the Newark school district spent $22,000 per month for over a year on catered meals and take-out food is indefensible and an insult to taxpayers. The school district, mainly funded by taxpayers throughout the state, has a $42 million budget gap.
“Taxpayers who are sending over $700 million to support the Newark school system are justifiably outraged over this wasteful spending,” said Simon, R-Hunterdon, Somerset, Mercer and Middlesex. “This is a poke in the eye for school districts that don’t get their fair share. Newark has little concern for how they spend taxpayer dollars.
“The billions of dollars thrown into this system have not improved the quality of education for our children,” stated Simon. “This report is another example of New Jersey’s broken school-funding formula. It is an abuse of taxpayer money. Changing the school funding formula must be a top priority for the Legislature this fall.”