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GOVERNOR AGAIN WANTS TO CUT COSTS FOR AT-RISK AND LEP STUDENTS

Published on: March 1, 2016

In a repeat of 2014, Governor Christie is again proposing significant cuts to the cost of educating low-income, or “at-risk,” students and English language learners (LEP) over the next three years. 

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GOVERNOR CHRISTIE’S FY17 SCHOOL AID BUDGET IS WHOLLY INADEQUATE ? AGAIN

Published on: February 23, 2016

Public school children across NJ again are the big losers in Governor Christie’s proposed FY17 State Budget. For a seventh straight year, the Governor is proposing no real increase in state school aid.

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ADJUSTMENT AID NEEDED FOR A THOROUGH AND EFFICIENT EDUCATION IN BELOW ADEQUACY DISTRICTS

Published on: January 28, 2016

An ELC analysis shows a total of 177 districts received $556 million in adjustment aid in 2015-16. Notably, 71, or 40% of those districts are spending below their SFRA adequacy budget.

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PATERSON SCHOOLS FALLING OFF THE FISCAL CLIFF: IS THERE A WAY BACK?

Published on: December 15, 2015

The State of NJ has failed to follow the school funding law for six years in a row, and the Paterson schools find themselves on a fiscal cliff with more expenses than income.

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STATE UNDERFUNDING AND RAPID CHARTER GROWTH PUT NEWARK BUDGET IN CRISIS

Published on: December 1, 2015

A new ELC research brief shows how Governor Christie’s refusal to fund the SFRA, while allowing rapid charter school growth, has put the Newark Public Schools in a condition of chronic fiscal distress resulting in several years of teacher, support staff and program cuts in district schools.

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THE FACTS ON HOLD HARMLESS AID IN NJ’S SCHOOL FUNDING FORMULA

Published on: October 6, 2015

ELC has issued a new policy brief on the role of hold harmless aid – called “adjustment aid” – in NJ’s statewide, weighted student funding formula established by the Legislature in the School Funding Reform Act.

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UNDERFUNDING LIMITS NJDOE REVIEW OF SCHOOL FUNDING FORMULA

Published on: August 11, 2015

To guide the NJDOE in preparing the September 2015 Educational Adequacy Report on the SFRA, ELC sent a letter to Commissioner Hespe underscoring the strict limits of the report's parameters and bringing to the Commissioner’s attention several key issues that must be addressed.

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FINAL NJ BUDGET: CHARTER AND PRIVATE SCHOOLS GET MORE, NO INCREASE FOR DISTRICT SCHOOLS

Published on: July 5, 2015

Governor Christie has signed the NJ State Budget, which includes education funding for fiscal year 2016. The Governor, however, vetoed the majority of the targeted, "off formula" education funding added to his proposed budget by the Legislature.

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