Reacting to the final approval of a 2 percent cap on annual property tax hikes and local government and school district spending by the Assembly Monday, New Jersey Education Association President Barbara Keshishian declared, "This is a devastating day for children and public education in New Jersey.''
Keshishian said, "On the heels of more than $1.3 billion in cuts to public education, the Legislature and the governor have put an ill-conceived and shortsighted policy in place that will prevent our public schools from ever climbing out of the hole that has been dug for them by the state.''
Keshishian is head of the statewide teachers' union.
Christie is prepared to sign the cap into law on Tuesday.
"This two percent cap has no basis in reality,'' Keshishian said. "It is lower than the historic rate of inflation, which means that in terms of real dollars, local school funding will decrease each year.