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What Would ‘Full Funding’ of School Aid Look Like? Add $2.3B to Districts

http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/18/04/24/what-would-full-funding-of-school-aid-look-like-add-2-3b-to-budget/
NJ Spotlight – APRIL 24, 2018

Senate President Steve Sweeney — with what now appears to be a growing consensus in both chambers — has long advocated that the state start to move to meet the letter of the School Funding Reform Act of 2008, including the phasing out of caps that were added by the Legislature to deal with both sudden decreases and increases in aid.

The OLS estimate provides the numbers of what that would ultimately be needed for each district, both with and without the caps. And they are eye-opening to say the least, with some districts shown to be tens of millions of dollars under what the law dictates, and scores equally overfunded.

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Phil Murphy is facing some rough seas with his school spending plan

http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2018/04/post_222.html#incart_2box_opinion

Star Ledger Column – April 19, 2018

Sweeney won that fight. That became apparent when Murphy’s nominee to head the Department of Education told the committee that the two sides will work out new state-aid numbers in the next six to eight weeks.

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Repollet Walks Back Stance On School Aid, Says He’s Open to Compromise

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NJ Spotlight – April 18, 2018

Repollet came before the committee and answered to repeated questions that the administration was willing to work with the Legislature and specifically its Democratic leadership to address their issues over Murphy’s funding proposal and specifically its provisions capping both aid increases and decreases. And they were willing to do it sooner rather than later, in time for next year’s fiscal budget, starting in July.

 

 

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Fight over how NJ pays for public schools may end with plan that gives some more aid

https://www.northjersey.com/story/news/new-jersey/2018/04/17/dispute-how-pay-public-schools-may-over/524882002/
Bergen Record – April 18, 2018

Acting Education Commissioner Lamont Repollet said during a hearing on Murphy’s proposed $37.4 billion budget that the governor would consider shifting money to underfunded districts from those that receive more than they should under the state’s school funding law. Those changes could translate into tax cuts for those communities gaining aid and tax hikes for those losing it. Repollet’s commitment, although lacking in details, was a concession to Senate President Stephen Sweeney, D-Gloucester, who delayed Repollet’s confirmation last week over concerns he wasn’t addressing the funding imbalances quickly enough.

 

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Gov. Murphy’s fractions won’t fix N.J. school aid

http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2018/04/gov_murphys_fractions_wont_fix_nj_school_aid_feedback.html#incart_river_index

South Jersey Times – Letter to the Editor – April 18, 2018

I am amazed that in 2018, many school districts throughout the state still have to fight and plead their case for their full share of state school aid to which they are legally entitled.  It’s even more frustrating that many “underfunded” districts suffer even greater neglect because, in places like West Deptford, we have seen significant enrollment increases yet have received minimal to no additional school aid to match our growth.  Enough is enough. Underfunded school districts deserve their fair share of funding based on the state’s 2008 formula. More parents and school officials should speak out against this unfairness.

 

 

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NJ education commissioner: Gov. Phil Murphy will accept school funding changes

http://www.burlingtoncountytimes.com/news/20180417/nj-education-commissioner-gov-phil-murphy-will-accept-school-funding-changes

Burlington County Times – April 17, 2018

Gov. Phil Murphy’s acting education commissioner says the governor is willing to accept changes to the school aid numbers proposed in his state budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

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Sweeney ‘thrilled’ with ed commissioner’s willingness to address school funding

https://www.politicopro.com/states/new-jersey/story/2018/04/17/sweeney-thrilled-with-ed-commissioners-willingness-to-address-school-funding-368570

Politico – April 17, 2018

State Senate President Steve Sweeney said on Tuesday he’s “thrilled” with comments by the state’s top education official, who earlier in the day signaled a willingness to work with the Legislature to change how the state doles out education aid.

 

 

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Repollet Says He Supports a Modernized School Funding Formula

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InsiderNJ – April 17, 2018

In his opening statement this afternoon to the Senate Budget Committee, Acting Commissioner of Education Lamont Repollet said he recognizes the need for modernizing the school funding formula by addressing adjustment aid and growth caps.

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For New Jersey State Aid, Let Money ‘Follow the Child’

http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/18/04/15/op-ed-for-new-jersey-state-aid-let-money-follow-the-child/

NJ Spotlight – OP-ED April 16, 2018

The School Funding Reform Act directs that the money it awards should ‘follow the child,’ but its own requirements make it impossible to do so. When the School Funding Reform Act was passed in 2008, it was heralded as a formula under which “money follows the child.” Under the School Funding Reform Act, state aid would be directed to at-risk children themselves, wherever they lived, as opposed to state aid being earmarked for certain school districts that

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After Complaints, Governor Willing to Rework Budget for School Funding?

http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/18/04/11/after-complaints-governor-willing-to-rework-budget-for-school-funding/

NJ Spotlight – April 12, 2018

Acting state Treasurer gives assurance of Murphy’s cooperation in finding remedy, as lawmakers let her know they’ve been taking ‘public fire’ on the issue. After being bombarded with complaints about the way his first state budget would distribute school aid, there are now clear indications that Gov. Phil Murphy is willing to go back to the drawing board with lawmakers.

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