NJ 101.5FM April 10, 2018
For a budget that increases spending by $1.5 billion to $2.7 billion, depending on how you do the counting, Gov. Phil Murphy’s $37.4 billion spending plan has managed to nevertheless find robust groups of detractors. The loudest are advocates for underfunded school districts, who say the distribution of nearly $284 million in additional school aid actually worsens inequities between districts, rather than fix them. At the Legislature’s fourth and final public hearing on the state budget proposal Monday, those advocates turned to children to help make their closing argument.
Burlington County Times – April 5, 2018
WILLINGBORO — Students, parents and school officials from underfunded Chesterfield and Kingsway Regional have spent their spring break attending legislative budget hearings to argue for a fairer division of state funding for their schools. Wednesday evening they got to make their case face-to-face with Gov. Phil Murphy, the man they hold largely responsible for disappointingly low school-aid increases both districts are due to receive from the governor’s proposed state budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
nj.com – April 5, 2018
The town hall crowd showed up Wednesday night in Willingboro to lambaste Gov. Phil Murphy over how New Jersey will dole out aid to public schools in his first state budget proposal. There was worry and anger. Some told Murphy he had let them down. One woman cried, and her 7-year-old son asked the Democratic governor why he likes “Jersey City more” than his south Jersey school district.
WHYY – April 4, 2018
As New Jersey lawmakers continue hearings on Gov. Phil Murphy’s state budget plan, there are indications they’ll be making some changes in his proposed school funding. Amy Jablonski, a school board member in Chesterfield, said the level of funding Murphy’s budget provides for that Burlington County school district is “a punch to the gut.”
NJTV – April 3, 2018
On the Rowan University campus, parents arrived at a hearing prepared with posters and placards showing rats in a Cherry Hill school, demanding the Senate budget and appropriations committee fully and fairly fund public schools. “Our infrastructure is in a total state of disrepair,” said one concerned parent from Cherry Hill, Chris Benedetto. “This is not a community of the uber-wealthy able to just dole out cash to make these kinds of repairs. The well is dry,” said another Cherry Hill parent, Laurie Neary.
NJ 101.5FM – March 26, 2018
Gov. Phil Murphy’s proposed budget puts almost as much additional money into the school-funding formula as the last five budgets combined – yet still has a healthy share of critics, anyway, and seems bound to a topic this week as public hearings on the spending plan begin. The budget puts $283 million in additional money into the funding formula, not to mention the increased spending on preschool, construction and teachers’ pensions. But it does so without changing patterns in how it’s distributed, disappointing some school officials and lawmakers.
Philadelphia Inquirer – March 30, 2018
When Chesterfield Superintendent Scott Heino learned of the funding increase that Gov. Murphy planned for his school district, his reaction was “absolute shock.” This was worse than nothing. By his calculation, the $41,060 increase was a mere 1/100th of the Burlington County district’s entitlement, about $4 million, based on how its student population has grown.
Two River Times – March 26, 2018
RED BANK – In his inaugural budget address last week, Gov. Phil Murphy proposed an increase of $283.6 million in state “formula” aid that goes directly to public school districts across the Garden State. The figure is a step toward fulfilling the state’s school funding obligation, and a boost for local suburban school districts that saw flat or decreasing additional state aid during the Christie Administration. But while more than 94 percent of districts statewide will receive additional financial aid under the plan, Red Bank Borough Public Schools are feeling nothing but disappointment.
Asbury Park Press – March 23, 2018
LAKEWOOD – The Board of Education has approved an initial budget that includes requesting a $28 million loan from the state. Assistant Business Administrator Robert Finger says that’s how much the district falls short in funding an overall $165 million budget, providing an efficient education to its 6,000 students and covering state-mandated costs for private school children.