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FY14 NJ EDUCATION BUDGET PROTECTS SCHOOL FUNDING FORMULA, STRIKES VOUCHERS

Published on: June 26, 2013

With passage by the NJ Legislature of the FY14 State Budget, the outlook for NJ's public school students is best described as, "It could be worse." Read a summary of the highlights and lowlights of school aid in the budget.

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SIX STEPS TO ACHIEVE FAIRNESS FOR STUDENTS IN THE FY14 EDUCATION BUDGET

Published on: May 30, 2013

For the fourth year in a row, Governor Christie’s proposed budget for public education seriously shortchanges New Jersey’s 1.3 million public school students. Once again it is up to legislators to revise the FY14 State Budget to address pressing student and school needs.

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SCHOOL FUNDING GAPS WIDEN UNDER CHRISTIE ADMINISTRATION

Published on: May 15, 2013

As Governor Christie proposes yet another year of underfunding the SFRA, a new analysis by ELC shows that the funding gap between NJ’s lowest and highest wealth districts grew by 40%. 

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CHRISTIE’S FAILURE TO FUND THE FORMULA FOUR YEARS RUNNING

Published on: April 18, 2013

Governor Christie’s proposed FY14 school aid budget ignores the essential provisions of the school funding formula and underfunds schools by approximately $1.2 billion.

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CHRISTIE ADMINISTRATION’S STEALTH TAX WIPES OUT SCHOOL AID INCREASES

Published on: April 11, 2013

Governor Christie’s proposed FY14 State Budget contains a special “assessment” or tax on 493 school districts that wipes out the small aid increases many of those districts were initially notified they would receive. 

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STATE-OPERATED NEWARK SCHOOLS FACE STAGGERING $57 MILLION BUDGET DEFICIT

Published on: April 4, 2013

The State-operated Newark school district is facing a projected $57 million budget shortfall for the 2013-14 school year. Given the size of the deficit, and the lack of detail from State Superintendent Anderson on how to address it, the Newark Advisory Board took the unprecedented action of unanimously voting to reject the State’s proposed budget for the district. 

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NJ DISTRICTS STILL REELING FROM GOVERNOR CHRISTIE'S $1 BILLION FUNDING CUT IN FY11

Published on: April 3, 2013

The vast majority of NJ school districts have yet to recover from Governor Christie’s $1.1 billion cut in state aid in his FY11 budget.  An ELC analysis shows that in FY14 477 districts will remain below the level of state aid they received the year before the Governor took office. 

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COURT REJECTS COMMISSIONER’S DECISION TO ALLOW CHARTERS TO CARRY EXCESS SURPLUS FUNDS

Published on: April 3, 2013

A NJ Appeals Court has ordered Commissioner Cerf to reconsider the claim of the Piscataway Township school district that charter schools receiving tuition from the district should not retain excess surplus in their budgets, but should return those monies to the district and its students.

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