NJ to school districts: Freeze spending

January 20, 2009 4:47:07 AM PST
New Jersey's education commissioner has told the state's school districts that they should freeze all nonessential spending for the rest of this school year. Commissioner Lucille Davy gave the recommendation in a letter sent to school districts last week.

Davy says it's unclear how much money local districts might get from the state government for the 2009-10 school year. But in a time when the state government is trimming its spending, schools could be affected. Aid to local districts makes up about one-fourth of the state's overall budget.

Davy says the state may not have money to expand public preschool - though she hopes the federal government will.

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Information from: The Press of Atlantic City, http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com

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