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.
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.
“It is important that my colleagues understand the fundamental problems with how we are funding districts like Freehold Borough and Red Bank. Our school funding formula is not equipped to deal with the radical inequities that exist with how our funds are allocated. Freehold Borough is funded at 35 percent below the State’s adequacy standard equaling $12.8 million and Red Bank is funded 30 percent below the standard totaling $6.6 million.” said Beck. “These districts are faced with rapid enrollment growth, while many other districts funded at an above-adequacy level, are experiencing declines in total enrollment. The time has come to fix our school funding formula and ensure that every child is receiving a quality education.”
— Karen Yi (@karen_yi) April 12, 2016
Freehold Borough Superintendent of Schools Rocco Tomazic, Freehold Borough Councilmembers Sharon Shutzer and Ron Griffiths were in attendance along with Freehold Borough Board of Education members Paul Jensen, Paul Ceppi and Bruce Patrick. Red Bank Borough Board of Education members Dr. Fred Stone and Susan Viscomi were also present for the hearing.