Jersey City, NJ – In a significant turn of events, County Commissioner Bill O’Dea has successfully led the effort to prevent the New Jersey Department of Education from implementing proposed funding cuts to the Pre-K Abbott program for the 2023-2024 school year in Hudson County.

O’Dea, known for his dedication to educational causes, initiated a strong advocacy campaign, including the sponsorship and passage of a resolution by the Hudson County Board of Commissioners. The resolution, which passed with a unanimous 6-0 vote, appealed to the New Jersey Department of Education to postpone the introduction of new guidelines until after the 2023-2024 school year. It also advocated for a gradual phase-in of any changes to the preschool funding formula, aiming to soften the impact on early childhood education programs in the county.

Adding to these efforts, O’Dea launched an online petition that garnered over 1,000 signatures from concerned parents, educators, and community members, demonstrating widespread opposition to the funding cuts.

In a statement, Commissioner O’Dea expressed gratitude to the community for their support in this cause, emphasizing the importance of safeguarding the future of early childhood education. He acknowledged the decision by the Murphy Administration and the New Jersey Department of Education as a victory for the community, ensuring the protection of educational standards for children in Hudson County.

This decision marks a significant achievement for early childhood education advocates and underscores the effectiveness of community-led initiatives in influencing policy decisions.

Bill O’Dea is available for further comments and press inquiries. For interview requests, contact Danielle Maini at danielle@billodeajc.com or Paul Casali at paul@billodeajc.com.