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In Pennsauken, It is Time to Put Our Children First!

January 25, 2010

Pennsauken needs to vote noEnough is Enough.  Unfortunately, when you are a bloated municipal government that can not stop, or even slow spending, it is never enough.  

The Original Central School

This Tuesday, in a very unusual January election, voters in Pennsauken are being asked to approve a 34.5 million dollar bond to build a new school building.  Pennsauken tax payers are being asked to increase their already outrageous property tax burden.  

I doubt there is a single parent who would not spend the extra money to get a quality education for the their child.  However, no one can seem to explain how this tax payer funded construction project will translate into better educated children.  Gene Mignogna, in his Courier Post Opinion letter, aptly states, 

Yet, with some exceptions, most of Pennsauken’s students continue to test below the state average in math, science and language — with the age of the school building they attend making little difference in the test results. 

The Pennsauken Board of Education’s web site has the conceptual designs of the new building but not a word on how this building translates into better educated children.  There is no description of the technological capabilities of the proposed building.  Doesn’t anyone involved with Pennsauken’s government believe in an informed voter? 

Worse yet, the Pennsauken government officials are telling the tax payers to spend a huge sum of money on a new school when enrolment is declining and the teacher student ratio is below the New Jersey average.  Before building a new public school, the Pennsauken government should, at a minimum,consider a charter school.    

It is hard to believe theat anyone would object to a more cost efficient way to provide our children with a better education.  If building a new public school is in the best educational interests of Pennsauken’s children then we support the idea.  But before we spend tens of millions of hard earned tax payer dollars let’s have an open dialogue where we carefully consider what is best for our children. 

To the voters in Pennsauken: On Tuesday January 26, 2010, vote No to increased property taxes.  Let Pennsauken government officials know that until they can show us otherwise; a new building does not mean better educated children, just increased property taxes.  Our children and their education will thank you for voting NO.

Kudos to the Pennsuken GOP for being the first to shed light on this very important issue.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Bettie permalink
    February 1, 2010 4:42 pm

    Somebody owes a builder/developer/friend/buddie/husband/ wife/girffiend/boyfriend/cousin/sister/brother/aunt/uncle/sister-in-law/brother-in-law a favor. That’s why the children need a new school.

    • Pennsaukenyes permalink
      February 7, 2010 10:55 pm

      Someone owes the children of Pennsauken better schools than Central and Longfellow! That’s why they wanted to build a new school!

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