Gov. Christie has proposed an additional $100 million in school aid to the state budget, but NJ Spotlight Founding Editor and Education Writer John Mooney says that equals about a 1 percent increase for the average school district in New Jersey.
Gov. Christie made his first public appearance since suspending his campaign for president in Newark at a ribbon cutting for Elliott Street School, which is reopening after being severely damaged by fire 10 years ago.
Nearly 50 percent of Newark high schoolers missed 18 days or more of school. The district has formed an attendance committee made up of educators and community members to try to tackle the problem of chronic absenteeism.
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