Statement on Bayonne School District

Senator Sandra B. Cunningham, Assemblyman Nicholas Chiaravalloti, and Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis today called on the Department of Education to send in monitors to evaluate and assess the financial issues plaguing the school budget in the Bayonne School District.

Their call follows last night's meeting of the city’s Board of Education and its decision on resolutions that eliminated nearly 300 positions, mostly teachers. “Such decisions will have a drastic impact on the students who attend Bayonne’s public schools and the quality of their education, and on the nearly 300 individuals whose jobs were effectively eliminated and their families,” said Senator Cunningham (D-Hudson). “What happened in Bayonne last night calls for a closer examination of what other financial troubles may lie beneath and what the future holds for the school district.”

“The school system’s primary purpose is to provide a thorough, high quality education for the students of Bayonne. Laying off 261 teachers, among other staff, will not only hinder the quality of education the children receive in our schools, but also undermines the public’s trust,” said Assemblyman Chiaravalloti. “Putting monitors in place will help us get to the bottom of what is happening with the district’s finances and hopefully provide solutions.”

“The school administration needs to get its financial house in order, because any failure in doing so is a failure to provide students with the education they deserve,” said Mayor Davis. “The budget didn’t get to this point overnight. The Department of Education must conduct an audit of what is really happening and bring transparency and accountability to the school district and its budget.”