Trenton Plans $40 Million School Aid Cuts for NW NJ

 

New Jersey’s school aid cuts announced in July 2018 will greatly underfund two of the Free Jersey counties in the coming years--fully, a loss of $40 million in seven years.

Rural areas suffered general in the cuts. According to the New Jersey Herald , in Warren County Hackettstown’s aid climbed 18 plus percent, while Blairstown’s aid dropped three percent. In Sussex County, Newton gained an almost five percent increase, while rural Hopatcong lost almost four percent. Populous Bergen County’s schools gained more than 18%, but rural Hunterdon County lost three percent. (click here for the NJ Herald/Associated Press article).

State Senator Steve Oroho lamented the loss of $2 million in state funding in the 24th state legislative district (Sussex and Warren County) this year.

“Our students, teachers, and taxpayers should not have to pay the price for the failure of Governor Murphy and Democrats to fairly fix the school funding formula,” Oroho said. Oroho stated that the Corzine-era Geographic Cost Adjustment calculus mythically maintains that rural education aid needs are less than in urban classrooms.

Click here for Oroho’s statement on the cuts.

Ocean County also suffered deep cuts. The Asbury Park Press in a report by Amanda Ogelsby wrote that Ocean County lost $4.5 million, while Monmouth County school gained almost that much (click here for the APP article).

Click here for the state school aid report.

 

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