Beck & O’Scanlon Join Seven Underfunded School Districts in Call for Fair Funding at Assembly Budget Committee Hearing
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.
“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.”
— Sen. Jennifer Beck (@jenbecknj) April 20, 2016
Beck has worked closely with Superintendents Rumage and Tomazic, from Red Bank Boro and Freehold Borough respectively, to try and secure more state aid for their severely underfunded school districts.
“This issue isn’t about pitting district against district, it’s about treating every child, in every district, fairly,” said O’Scanlon. “We have a finite amount of resources, and we need to make sure that we distribute those resources in a way that ensures fairness for all children. This room is full of parents who care enough about this issue to take a day off from work to have their voices heard.”