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Assemblyman Brandon E. Umba at Gov. Phil Murphy's fiscal year 2023 budget address delivered on March 8, 2022. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe).

Umba lauds DOE’s tutoring plan but calls it overdue

Assemblyman says Murphy administration’s Covid policies created learning crisis

By Joey Fox, December 02 2022 10:52 am

Following an announcement from Gov. Phil Murphy yesterday launching the New Jersey Partnership for Student Success (NJPSS), a program designed to remediate learning loss incurred during Covid, Assemblyman Brandon Umba (R-Medford) released a statement today praising the program while also saying it was long overdue.

“I’ve been pounding the drum for months now that there is an extreme need for high-impact tutoring,” Umba said. “I’m glad that Governor Murphy’s Department of Education is finally beginning to acknowledge a statewide solution is needed to solve the proficiency and literacy gaps facing too many young learners in the Garden State.”

Umba added that it was the Murphy administration’s Covid restrictions that caused learning loss to begin with, saying that New Jersey took too long in bringing back in-person schooling.

“These students were harmed by the administration’s stubborn reliance on remote learning when nearly every state in the nation were already back teaching kids in school,” he said. “This is about every child in the Garden State getting a quality education and a chance to thrive. We must continue to engage in a public dialogue on this issue and treat it with the urgency it deserves.”

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