Thousands of Toms River Regional Schools staff, students, and community members rallied in Trenton on March 5 to oppose state aid reductions of more than $80 million over the next six years as Governor Murphy delivered his annual budget address. Over 1000 of our staff and students were joined by members of the Support Our Students (SOS) alliance, a cohort of 73 affected school districts. We got great media coverage and as a result Mr. Healy and Mr. Doering have met directly with the governor's staff.
We followed up with testimony at the Senate and Assembly budget hearings in late March. Students and staff made their presence and voices well known, and again, we have drawn attention to this statewide issue.
In support of the rally, we suggested that all who are able take to Twitter as part of a social media blitz. We ask everyone in the Toms River Regional community to continue the communications campaign to let Trenton know we are not going away without the restoration of funding.
1) Write a letter by April 8th. We'll be collecting letters from students, parents, and other community members to deliver en masse (Miracle on 34th Street-style) at the feet of legislators prior to the April 30* Senate budget hearing. Template here.
2) "A Tweet a Day Keeps the Cuts at Bay"!
- If you don't have a Twitter account, here's how to make one.
- Follow Toms River Regional Schools and the SOS coalition.
- Like and retweet other posts from Trenton and our community members
- Tweet your own message opposing the cuts and demanding a fair funding formula
- Add hashtags: #SOS #StopStateAidCuts #WeAreTRschools
- You can also include @NewJerseyDOE @GovMurphy @NJSenatePres @jimholzapfel @AndyKimNJ @DrLRepollet @WeAreTRschools @njdotcom @AsburyParkPress @TomsRiverPatch
Feel free to jump on our other platforms, Facebook and Instagram. We'll be posting and sharing from all district social media platforms throughout the day.
For additional information and instructions, click the link on the right titled "TRRS & SOS Social Media Blitz."
*The State of NJ recently announced a change in the date of its upcoming Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee Hearing, from April 18 to April 30.