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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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GOVERNOR CHRISTIE'S FY14 BUDGET: ANOTHER YEAR OF CUTS TO NJ PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Published on: March 21, 2013

In his proposed FY14 State Budget, Governor Christie continues to pursue his objective of cutting funding to NJ public schools far below the levels needed for children to achieve academically, as established in the state's landmark school funding formula.

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GOVERNOR’S ELECTION YEAR BUDGET AGAIN SHORTCHANGES NJ PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Published on: March 6, 2013

For the second straight year, Governor Christie is proposing almost no increase in school aid in his FY14 State Budget. The Budget proposal would, if approved, continue the Governor’s dismal record on school funding that began in 2010-11 with his massive $1.6 billion cut.

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EQUITY COMMISSION CALLS FOR “BOLD ACTION” ON SCHOOL FUNDING AND PRESCHOOL

Published on: February 19, 2013

The federal Equity and Excellence Commission issued its report, “For Each and Every Child,”calling for “bold action by the states, and the federal government, to redesign the funding of our nation’s public schools…with sufficient resources that are distributed based on student need,” and urging “the highest national priority” for broad access to high quality preschool.

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COMMISSIONER CERF AGAIN RECOMMENDS FUNDING CUTS FOR AT-RISK STUDENTS

Published on: December 17, 2012

NJ Education Commissioner Cerf has sent the long overdue Educational Adequacy Report to Governor Christie, recommending adjustments to the weights, cost and aid amounts in the State school funding formula known as the SFRA.

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AN ADVOCATE'S GUIDE TO THE EDUCATIONAL ADEQUACY REPORT

Published on: December 3, 2012

The SFRA includes a provision requiring evaluation of the school funding formula every three years, and based on that evaluation, the possible adjustment of the costs, weights and aid amounts in the formula. The evaluation and recommendations for formula adjustments must be presented in a formal report called the “Educational Adequacy Report.” 

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