Democratic gubernatorial candidate Sen. Barbara Buono has released her comprehensive education plan in an effort to strengthen New Jersey’s education system.“Education is the great equalizer in our Democracy, and I believe that every child in New Jersey, regardless of their background or upbringing, must have the opportunity to receive a quality education,” said Buono. “As Governor, I will tackle the big challenges facing our education system, including the achievement gap and the rising cost of higher education, to fundamentally improve outcomes for children across New Jersey.”

Buono’s plan will fully fund all public schools in accordance with the law and will expand access for early education and will implement full day kindergarten.

“From preschool through college, we need to make sure that we are providing our young people with the tools they need to thrive in the global economy and the opportunities to stay and become an essential part of New Jersey’s dynamic workforce,” said Buono. “Equipping today’s students with the essential skills of tomorrow is key to creating a workforce that generates long-term economic growth, attracts new businesses and creates jobs here in the Garden State.”

The second part of the Buono Education Plan centers on higher education and is designed to make it more attractive for students to stay in New Jersey.

“As a mother of six and an alumna of Montclair State and Rutgers Law, I know the cost of higher education is out of reach for too many New Jerseyans,” said Buono. “We should be encouraging our best and brightest students to be chasing their goals at home instead of leaving New Jersey for lower tuition. My plan calls for immediate action to bring down tuition costs, expand options available to students and increase opportunities available to students once they graduate.”

Buono’s Early Education plan includes:

  • Restore and fund all of New Jersey’s public schools according to the law
  • Expand early childhood education to foster better educational outcomes
  • Implement full-day kindergarten
  • Restore funding for before and after school programs
  • Encourage students to gain skills in STEM fields
  • Attract qualified, talented teachers and administrators to New Jersey

Buono’s Higher Education plan includes:

  • Make tuition at our public colleges and universities more affordable
  • Increase scholarships and tuition assistance
  • Re-invest in county colleges
  • Enact tuition equality
  • Increase funding for vocational programs
  • Increase post-graduation job opportunities by connecting start-up and emerging market businesses with institutions of higher learning
  • Ensure high school students graduate with the skills needed to succeed in the 21st century workforce