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.
“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.”
School funding fairness eases tax burden, helps students. I’d be happy to help the new Sen Committee find solutions. https://t.co/pAOGPk2Hse
— Sen. Jennifer Beck (@jenbecknj) January 10, 2017
“School funding fairness is critical to easing the overwhelming property tax burden facing our residents. We need a fair and equitable formula to best serve the educational needs of all New Jersey students, many of whom are struggling because their districts have been underfunded for years.
“As a longtime representative of multiple communities with severely underfunded school districts, I have worked closely with school officials, parents and concerned citizens to try and achieve reforms at the local level. This year, I worked with Superintendents Rumage and Tomazic, from Red Bank Borough and Freehold Borough respectively, to try and secure more state aid for their severely underfunded school districts.
“That being said, this issue extends far beyond Monmouth County. New Jersey has 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 school funding issue is complex. Right now we are distributing school aid with little connection to enrollment growth or loss, demographic shifts; or the fact that some districts are overfunded and not paying their fair share, while far too many are going without the funding their students need.
“Clearly, this committee must include people who have the knowledge and experience to develop comprehensive reforms so that every student, in every school district across this state receives equal opportunities for a great education.”