School Funding Data
In 2008, the New Jersey Legislature enacted the School Funding Reform Act (SFRA), a weighted student formula for financing PK-12 education. After the initial year of implentation in 2009, the formula has not been properly funded. As a result, districts across the state are not receiving the state aid to which they are entitled. The report below provides a statewide summary of school funding under the SFRA as well as summaries for individual school districts.
*Use the download option above to print pdf versions of the state summary and individual district reports.
ELC publishes an annual guide comparing funding across New Jersey school districts using an accurate measure for school spending called “funding per weighted pupil,” or FWP. This measure allows for a fair funding comparison by accounting for the degree to which districts require extra resources to educate students with special needs.
As recognized in the School Funding Reform Act (SFRA), many students come to school with special needs that must be addressed to ensure them equal educational opportunity. The SFRA provides additional funding for poor (at-risk) students, limited English proficient (LEP) students, and students with disabilities. These extra funds are calculated as a percentage of the base student cost and called a "weight." The "weighted student enrollment" accounts for the degree to which districts require extra resources to educate students with special needs.
To calculate funding per weighted pupil, each district's state and local revenues are divided by their weighted enrollment.
Use the interactive report below to explore school funding across New Jersey. You can also find a more detailed discussion of ELC's Funding Per Weighted Pupil analysis here: