Christie’s Free Lunch


This week saw the release of the state report presented by Matthew Boxer on the abuses of the Free and Reduced lunch program administered in New Jersey. Boxer placed much blame on the district's lack of verification for the abuses of their own employees, many whom will face charges. The Governor quickly called for firings of those public employees abusing the system.

While the focus has been on the lack of income verification, we must remember that the Transformation Task Force reviewed the Free and Reduced lunch program over a year ago including a proposal to drastically change the program in this state, and not for the better. So forgive me for being suspicious.

Suspicion turned to fury this morning when I read in the Star Ledger that “the state Agriculture Department, which administers the program, failed to alert school districts last year to a clarification of federal rules allowing the use of employee salary records.”

Imagine that.  The state Department of Agriculture received notification from the Federal Department in 2010 that income verification of district employees is a tool districts should use, and yet the districts were not informed.

Despite this glaring error on the part of the state Department of Agriculture, Christie's mouth piece, Drewniak, has the audacity to offer up this, “The problem is there is no incentive to follow the proper and lawful procedures”.  Those would be the lawful and proper procedures that the Christies Administration failed to inform school districts they were allowed to use, right?

So, Governor Christie, who should be fired today??? 
 

 

Christie’s Free Lunch

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This week saw the release of the state report presented by Matthew Boxer on the abuses of the Free and Reduced lunch program administered in New Jersey. Boxer placed much blame on the district's lack of verification for the abuses of their own employees, many whom will face charges. The Governor quickly called for firings of those public employees abusing the system.

While the focus has been on the lack of income verification, we must remember that the Transformation Task Force reviewed the Free and Reduced lunch program over a year ago including a proposal to drastically change the program in this state, and not for the better. So forgive me for being suspicious.

Suspicion turned to fury this morning when I read in the Star Ledger that "the state Agriculture Department, which administers the program, failed to alert school districts last year to a clarification of federal rules allowing the use of employee salary records."

Imagine that.  The state Department of Agriculture received notification from the Federal Department in 2010 that income verification of district employees is a tool districts should use, and yet the districts were not informed.

Despite this glaring error on the part of the state Department of Agriculture, Christie's mouth piece, Drewniak, has the audacity to offer up this, "The problem is there is no incentive to follow the proper and lawful procedures".  Those would be the lawful and proper procedures that the Christies Administration failed to inform school districts they were allowed to use, right?

So, Governor Christie, who should be fired today??? 

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