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Beck Joined by Superintendents, Parents of 10 Underfunded & Overlooked School Districts to Push for Fair Funding

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) was joined at a press conference today by superintendents and parents representing ten school districts that are among the most underfunded in the state to push for fair funding for their children’s education. The press conference was held outside the Assembly Budget Committee’s hearing with the Department of Education on their portion of the FY18 state budget.

Sen. Jennifer Beck was joined by superintendents and parents representing ten school districts that are among the most underfunded in the state to push for fair funding for their children’s education at a State House press conference on April 24, 2017. (SenateNJ.com)

“We’re fighting for funds in this budget cycle for underfunded districts. Reworking the school funding formula is a complex undertaking and no legislator will want to move funds if it makes the property tax crisis in their towns worse. That said, the underfunded districts cannot wait for another state budget cycle or another school year passing without getting relief,” said Beck. “At the very least, I’m asking my colleagues on the Senate and Assembly budget committees to provide our most underfunded and overlooked school districts with additional resources in the upcoming FY18 state budget. As for more comprehensive reform, I welcome a substantive discussion.”

Joining Beck today at the press conference and Assembly Budget Committee hearing were representatives from Freehold Borough, Red Bank, Monroe Twp., Kingsway Regional, Chesterfield, Robbinsville, Delran, Paulsboro, Rahway, and Swedesboro-Woolwich.

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MEDIA ADVISORY (4/24): Beck to Hold Press Conference with Underfunded School Districts at Assembly Budget Hearing

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) will hold a press conference with representatives from ten school districts that are among the most underfunded in New Jersey to push for additional state funding.

Sen. Jennifer Beck with parents from Freehold Borough and Red Bank who joined her at a Senate Budget committee hearing last year to highlight the state’s underfunding of their schools. (SenateNJ.com)

Representatives of the following school district will be in attendance:

Freehold Borough – orange shirts
Red Bank – red shirts
Monroe Twp. – purple shirts
Kingsway Regional – black shirts
Chesterfield – blue shirts
Robbinsville – dark green shirts
Delran – brown shirts
Paulsboro – red shirts
Rahway – red and black shirts
Swedesboro-Woolwich – blue shirts

The press conference will be held prior to the start of the Assembly Budget Committee’s hearing with the Department of Education on their portion of the FY18 state budget.

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck Continues Multi-Year Fight for Underfunded School Districts at Senate Budget Hearing

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Joined by Over 30 Parents, Superintendents, and School Officials United in Renewed Call for Fair Share of State School Aid and School Funding Reform

Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) continued the fight for a fair share of state school aid for massively underfunded school districts at today’s public budget hearing held by the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee in Newark.

Sen. Jennifer Beck was joined at today’s public state budget hearing by dozens of parents, superintendents and school officials who are united in calling for a fair share of state school aid for underfunded districts and permanent school funding reform. (SenateNJ.com)

Beck was joined by Freehold Borough Superintendent Dr. Rocco Tomazic, Freehold Borough Councilwoman Sharon Shutzer, Freehold Borough Education Foundation President Jean Holtz, as well as Red Bank Borough Superintendent Dr. Jared Rumage, Red Bank Board of Education President Dr. Fred Stone, and numerous parents from those districts.

“We have over 100 underfunded school districts that have seen significant enrollment growth without a corresponding state school aid increase, leading to substantial educational challenges.” Beck said “At the same time, approximately 200 school districts that are more than 10 percent above the funding standard continue to receive more state aid despite enrollment loss. This school funding disparity is a critical issue that the Legislature must address to protect both students and property taxpayers.”

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Beck Joined by Freehold and Red Bank Superintendents for Governor’s Budget Message

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Superintendents Tomazic & Rumage Join Beck in Trenton Again to Continue Advocacy for School Funding Reform

Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) hosted Freehold Borough Superintendent Dr. Rocco Tomazic and Red Bank Superintendent Dr. Jared Rumage at the New Jersey State House in Trenton for the delivery of the Governor’s Budget Message for FY 2018.

Freehold Borough Superintendent Tomazic and Red Bank Superintendent Rumage joined Sen. Jennifer Beck for the Governor’s Budget Message at the New Jersey State House on Feb. 28. (SenateNJ.com)

“Red Bank and Freehold Borough face the dual challenges of being among the most underfunded school districts in the state, while also experiencing some of the greatest enrollment growth,” said Beck. “I’ve worked closely with Dr. Tomazic and Dr. Rumage on our mutual effort to secure additional state aid for massively underfunded districts like theirs, and am glad they could join me again in Trenton today to continue this important fight.”

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Beck to Host NJ Education Commissioner in Four School Districts to Address Local Educational Issues

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) will next week bring Commissioner of Education Kimberley Harrington to schools in Asbury Park, Long Branch, Freehold Borough, and Red Bank, where the Commissioner will have the opportunity to join Senator Beck on a tour of each school and participate in a discussion on a variety of educational issues with school officials.

Sen. Beck will next week bring NJ Commissioner of Education Harrington to four school districts in Monmouth County to tour the schools and discuss a variety of local educational issues with school officials. (Flickr)

“The school officials, Commissioner Harrington, and I will meet with all have different challenges and accomplishments they want to highlight,” Senator Beck said. “Whether it is school funding, literacy, or career readiness each district is different and will have an opportunity to brief Commissioner Harrington on the unique issues impacting their students and schools.”

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Beck Applauds Creation of Senate School Funding Fairness Committee

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) applauded the creation of the Senate Select Committee on School Funding Fairness and offered her time and research in support of the committee’s work to develop school funding reform solutions.

Sen. Jennifer Beck and Asm. Declan O’Scanlon joined superintendents, school board members, and parents from seven underfunded school districts at an April 2016 Assembly budget hearing to support an increase in funding for their schools. (SenateNJ.com)

“I’ve worked with Senate President Sweeney over the course of the past year to find a solution to reforming the school funding formula,” Senator Beck said. “Now that the Senate has created this pathway, I’d like to volunteer to serve the committee in some capacity so that we can finally secure these long-awaited reforms.”

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Beck Praises Department of Education Commissioner’s Decision to Fund Freehold Borough Schools Expansion

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85% of Project Costs to Be Paid by State

Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11) announced that Commissioner of Education David Hespe has ruled that Freehold Borough may proceed with school construction, and the State of New Jersey will fund 85% of all project expenses after local referendums have twice failed. The Commissioner’s decision specifically cites that Freehold Borough’s students cannot receive a thorough and efficient education in their current conditions. For the 2016-2017 school year, the borough schools are 572 students over capacity.

Sen. Jennifer Beck announced that the State of New Jersey will fund 85% of the costs related to school expansion for Freehold Borough following a ruling by Commissioner of Education David Hespe. (Flickr)

“This is a historic day for Freehold Borough. The process of filing an official appeal to the Commissioner of Education is a long and in-depth process that is rarely employed because of the incredible amount of scrutiny and fact-finding that must occur. The facts in Freehold Borough speak for themselves. Over the last decade, their student population has grown dramatically while State funding has remained essentially flat. It is exceedingly rare for the legal challenge to result in the State of New Jersey paying 85% of the costs of a project,” said Beck.

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Beck & O’Scanlon Join Seven Underfunded School Districts in Call for Fair Funding at Assembly Budget Committee Hearing

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) and Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) joined superintendents, school board members, and parents from seven underfunded school districts at the Assembly Budget Committee’s Department of Education hearing to support an increase in funding for their schools.

Sen. Jennifer Beck and Asm. Declan O’Scanlon joined superintendents, school board members, and parents from seven underfunded school districts at an Assembly budget hearing to support an increase in funding for their schools. (SenateNJ.com)

“This issue is larger than just Red Bank and Freehold Borough,” Beck said. “We have 143 school districts that are more than ten percent below the state adequacy standard and most have seen enrollment growth, while 215 school districts are more than ten percent above the standard the majority of which have seen enrollment loss.”

“The number of superintendents, school board members, and parents here today underscores the unfairness our current school funding formula,” Beck added. “When you have school districts that have lost enrollment continuing to receive more state aid than our districts with triple-digit enrollment growth, that is a problem that the DOE and Legislature must work to resolve.”

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Beck Joined by Freehold Borough & Red Bank Parents at Senate Budget Hearing on Education Funding

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Over 50 Parents Seek Fair School Funding for ‘Under-Adequacy’ School Districts

Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) was joined by parents from the Freehold Borough and Red Bank school districts at Tuesday’s Senate Budget Committee hearing on the Department of Education’s budget.

Sen. Jennifer Beck with parents from Freehold Borough who attending the Senate Budget committee hearing to highlight the state’s underfunding of their schools. (SenateNJ.com)

Over fifty parents came to raise awareness and advocate for their local public school systems that are each funded at ‘under-adequacy’ levels according to the Department of Education’s own metrics. Freehold Borough is funded 35 percent below the adequacy threshold, while Red Bank is 30 percent below adequacy. Each of these districts have experienced rapid enrollment growth.

Sen. Jennifer Beck with parents from Red Bank who called for increased funding to their schools. (SenateNJ.com)

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Beck Announces Increased State School Funding for Freehold & Red Bank

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) announced that additional school funding for Freehold, Red Bank and other under-adequacy districts is included in New Jersey’s proposed FY2017 budget.

Sen. Jennifer Beck was joined by Freehold Borough Superintendent Rocco Tomazic (l) and Red Bank Superintendent Jared Rumage (r) for the Governor’s Budget Address at the New Jersey State House on February 16, 2016. (SenateNJ.com)

“This is a solid first step to address the needs of students in school districts that have been flat-funded as their enrollments have exploded,” Beck said. “Of the 143 school districts that are more than 10-percent below the state’s ‘adequacy’ funding standard, 115 have seen enrollment growth, including Freehold and Red Bank. I appreciate the insight, cooperation and support of Governor Christie, Commissioner Hespe and Superintendents Tomazic and Rumage.”

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