WAYNE, N.J. — Wayne resident Joel Grossman says he and his wife were entering the George Washington Middle School on Election Day this year when an elderly poll worker told him that voting for full-day kindergarten would increase his property taxes.
She repeated it while the couple was behind the curtain and again before they left the building, he told Daily Voice.
"I was taken aback, shocked and surprised," said Grossman, whose son, daughter and daughter-in-law are school teachers. "She didn't just say it once — she said it before we went in, while we were voting and after I told her my kids are teachers."
His account was one of several that Wayne full-day kindergarten activist and mom Tracy Rozansky said prompted her and a group of 14 other residents to file a petition Thursday morning in Superior Court in Paterson.
"People made calls to the town clerk who said we had to talk to the county," said Rozansky, who helped raised the $500 filing fee and acquire the 15 signatures needed for the challenge. "This has kind of happened along the way and we’re not going to let it go."
A full 53% of voters shot down the proposal ( SEE: Wayne Voters Reject Full-Day Kindergarten ).
Criminal defense attorney Robert Degroot has agreed to handle the case pro bono.
"No matter what age and stage of life you're living in it's important to have good school districts," said Grossman, citing good school systems as an important asset to young families looking to settle down. "In kindergarten you're acclimating yourself to school and getting used to the learning process.
"Those are the formative years for the little ones."
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