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LEGISATURE MUST REJECT GOVERNOR CHRISTIE’S PROPOSED FY15 SCHOOL AID BUDGET

Published on: March 17, 2014

ELC is calling on the Legislature to flatly reject Governor Christie’s proposal to provide almost no state aid increase for NJ school districts in the 2014-15 school year and to provide a 5% increase in State formula aid.

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GOVERNOR ABANDONS SCHOOL FUNDING FORMULA IN FY15 BUDGET

Published on: March 12, 2014

In his FY15 State Budget, Governor Christie proposes an almost infinitesimal increase in aid for NJ school districts, marking the fifth straight year without any real increase under the SFRA.

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BEST PRACTICES: NEW JERSEY'S STANDARDS-LINKED PRE-K TO GRADE 12 SCHOOL FINANCE REFORM

Published on: March 9, 2014

ELC's policy brief, Linking Standards to Resources: New Jersey’s School Funding Reform Act of 2008, provides a detailed history of the development of the SFRA “weighted student” formula and its implementation through 2013.

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NEW JERSEY SLIPPING ON FAIR SCHOOL FUNDING

Published on: February 5, 2014

The latest results in the National Report Card on school funding show an alarming slippage in NJ's ranking among the nation’s fairest systems of public school funding.

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TOP 25 MOST UNDERFUNDED NJ SCHOOL DISTRICTS

Published on: October 30, 2013

The promise of the School Funding Reform Act has been shattered during Governor Christie’s first term in office, starting with a massive $1.1 billion aid cut in in 2010-11, and continuing with three budgets resulting in essentially "flat funded" districts.

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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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