Catholics urged to rally behind school transportation issue



The Diocese of Camden’s Office of Catholic Schools, along with the New Jersey Catholic Conference and the New Jersey Network of Catholic School Families, is rallying support for an increased ceiling for transportation for nonpublic school students.

These organizations are hoping to increase the current $884 ceiling for nonpublic school transportation. Since 2008, this per-pupil allotment has stayed the same, said Sister Rose DiFluri, assistant superintendent for government programs for the Camden Diocese’s Office of Catholic Schools.

“Each year more and more of our students’ bus routes are being canceled due to the fact that the bus contractors in the area are not financially able to run these routes at the given per-pupil rate,” she said.

(Gov. Christie) “needs to know that the entire nonpublic community of the state of New Jersey, not just those who have children in Catholic schools, are very concerned about this issue. Without adequate transportation aid provided by the state, many students would not be able to attend our schools, and thus the very future of our schools lies in the balance,” she added.

Individuals are urged to write Gov. Christie at: The Honorable Chris Christie, Governor of the State of New Jersey, The State House, P.O. Box 001, Trenton, NJ 08625; call him at 609-292-6000; or visit