|Governor Christie at the Hillsborough Municipal Complex|
*Here's my question:
Governor, I've lived in Hillsborough almost twenty years. In that time I have found Hillsborough to be a wonderful community full of caring people. Having been involved in some charitable efforts in town, I have seen firsthand the generosity of our residents. Whether it's fundraising for national charities, building a playground for disabled kids, or keeping our food pantry stocked, the people of Hillsborough always come through.
Even though Hillsborough is not an affluent community - in fact, our per capita income is right about at the state median - we acknowledge that there are communities needier than ours. We know that New Jersey's poorer cities need our income tax dollars to fund their schools. But Hillsborough is also a frugal community - evident in the fact that we have had amazing student achievement in our own schools, while spending far less than other comparable districts.
What we demand to see are results. Right now, we're just not seeing it. We send 60% of state aid to thirty urban districts, and it isn't doing any good. Some of these districts spend two or even three times as much per student as we do in Hillsborough, and it's all for nothing. If a student is going to drop out of school anyway, they could do it for $10,000 a year as easily as they could for $30,000.
Governor, when are we going to see some return on our investment in the urban districts?
*As always, this blog post represents my personal opinion and not that of the Hillsboroughh Twp. Board of Education.