Matt Schwartz, a Woodbridge candidate for Amity Board of Education, attended the State Senate Education Committee public hearing on Senate Bills 738 and 457 regarding the forced regionalization of school districts. Schwartz voiced his opposition to the proposed legislation. “These bills could threaten the very existence of the Amity school district and must not be allowed to become law. I applaud all those legislators and concerned citizens who voiced their serious reservations about these bills at this important hearing.”
The proposed bills originally called for schools, even those already in regionalized school districts, to be regionalized according to probate court districts among other parameters. Schwartz, an Amity graduate, stated that the notion of forcing schools to regionalize is a serious overreach of power by the state. “I think Amity is a model school district, we are among the best in the state, and we did so without the state telling us with whom, how or when to regionalize. I love Amity and I don’t want to see it broken up” said Schwartz.
Since the bill’s public hearing, the wording in the proposed legislation, especially the language mandating schools to regionalize, has been altered. Schwartz, however, does not believe this is cause for celebration. “The wording may have been changed; however, the intent of the bill is clear, and as long as it remains proposed, we must continue to fight for our schools and oppose these bills.”
Schwartz concluded that forced regionalization would have devastating results for Woodbridge residents. “One of the top reasons people move to Woodbridge is for our excellent school system. We have already seen far too many people leave Woodbridge in search of greener pastures. Dismantling the Amity school system would be another blow to our home values, and worse, to the education of our children.”