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Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano: ‘Complete Census for School Funding Fairness’

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With the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis, the 10th District Legislators, Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano are reminding residents of the importance of the 2020 U. S. Census.

The U.S. Census is used to determine federal funding for infrastructure, schools, healthcare and housing, and Sen. Holzapfel and Asm. McGuckin and Catalano are urging residents to complete the survey to ensure the state gets its fair share. (Wikimedia Commons)

The census is used to determine federal funding for infrastructure, schools, healthcare and housing.

In recent years, funding for schools in the 10th Legislative District has been drastically cut.  The legislators are reminding residents of the importance of the census to ensure their fair share of school funding.

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove: Predictably, Trenton’s School Funding Fairness Plan Was a Bust

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Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove all remarked on how, once again, Trenton power brokers ensured that the people of the 9th Legislative District will get severely shortchanged in terms of State school aid.

Connors, Rumpf, and Gove remarked on how Trenton power brokers have ensured that the 9th Legislative District will get severely shortchanged in State school aid. (SenateNJ.com)

As part of its constituent outreach efforts, the 9th District delegation issued the following joint statement:

“Once again, the state’s school aid formula failed students, teachers and taxpayers in the 9th Legislative District, as several school district are targeted for aid cuts. Trenton outdid itself by not just continuing to underfund our schools but to go one step further and cut school aid, even to school districts in areas still recovering from Superstorm Sandy.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio: We Don’t Need a Commission to Fix Unfair School Funding Formula

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Senator Joe Pennacchio (R- Passaic, Essex, Morris) issued the following statement about New Jersey’s School funding formula:

Sen. Joe Pennacchio called on the legislature to fix the state’s unfair school funding formula.

“Since entering the legislature in 2001, my and many of my colleagues’ overriding issue has been a fair distribution of the state’s portion of school funding. My children in my district are worth no less than any other child in New Jersey. I understand and accept that circumstances dictate additional aid for some school districts, mostly in our urban areas. I accept that. What I do not accept is a political education formula that is dictated more by a zip code and what legislative district a child lives in. This has allowed 22-percent of the state’s students in 31 districts to receive 60-percent of the state’s funds while the remaining 544 districts fight for scraps. It’s not fair and not acceptable.

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer Editorial: Fairness in School Funding

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The following editorial by Senator Robert Singer (R-30) on reforming the state’s flawed school funding formula was published by the Asbury Park Press on August 18, 2016:

The proposed “Fairness Formula” to reform school funding would result in property tax savings for 75 percent of homeowners. (SenateNJ.com)

A recent Asbury Park Press article on Governor Christie’s proposed “Fairness Formula” questioned if his plan to treat all New Jersey students equally would hurt New Jersey.

As proof that it would, a professor from the University of Nevada pointed to other states that are attempting to make their school funding systems more like ours.

Such comparisons are unwise, as are attempts by those states to replicate the flawed school funding logic that the New Jersey Supreme Court has forced upon Garden State taxpayers and students for the past 30 years.

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty: We Don’t Need Another Complex School Funding Formula, We Need Simple Fairness

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Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) said that it would be a mistake to replace New Jersey’s complex and failed school funding formula with another convoluted formula that would be the likely result of a study commission proposed by Senate Democrats.

Sen. Mike Doherty will introduce Gov. Christie’s proposed “Fairness Formula” to distribute school aid equally to all New Jersey children. (SenateNJ.com)

“New Jersey has the highest property taxes in the nation because our overly complex school funding formula tries to pick favorites, giving some districts hundreds of millions and others next to nothing,” said Doherty. “You can’t fix that inequity by punting the problem to a commission of bureaucrats who will produce another bad formula. The fair, simple and transparent solution is to treat all kids equally.”

Doherty will introduce Governor Christie’s proposed “Fairness Formula,” which would split the approximately $9 billion of direct school aid in the state budget into equal school aid for each student. Under the “Fairness Formula,” each public school district would receive $6,599 per enrolled student, along with aid for special needs students.

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Senator Mike Doherty

Kean: Doherty to Sponsor “Fairness Formula” School Funding Reform Legislation

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean said that Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) will be the prime sponsor of a school funding reform proposal announced by Governor Chris Christie to give all children an equitable share of state school aid and provide real property tax relief to the overwhelming majority of taxpayers.

Sen. Mike Doherty will be the prime sponsor of a school funding reform proposal announced by Gov. Chris Christie to give all children an equitable share of state school aid. (©iStock)

“Senator Doherty has led a years-long effort in the Legislature to adopt a fairer school funding formula that treats all students equally and taxpayers fairly,” said Kean. “Considering the great similarities between his ‘Fair School Funding’ plan and the Governor’s proposed ‘Fairness Formula,’ there couldn’t be a better person than Senator Doherty to take the lead on this new legislation.”

Kean will join Doherty as a co-prime sponsor.

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty Praises Christie Initiative to Bring Fairness to School Funding & Provide Real Property Tax Relief

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Senator Mike Doherty (R-23), the long-time sponsor of the “Fair School Funding” plan, praised Governor Chris Christie for proposing a new “Fairness Formula” to distribute state education aid more equitably.

Sen. Mike Doherty, sponsor of the “Fair School Funding” plan, praised Gov. Chris Christie’s proposed “Fairness Formula” to distribute state education aid more equitably. (SenateNJ.com)

Under current state law, some towns receive back just pennies on the dollar of the income taxes their residents pay to the state in the form of school aid allocated to their local districts through a convoluted funding formula that few people understand.

“After years of being the lone voice calling for a new school funding formula that treats every student and every taxpayer fairly, I’m glad that Governor Christie has joined my call for reform,” said Doherty. “Every child deserves an equal opportunity, and every taxpayer deserves fair treatment.”

S-569, proposed by Doherty, would replace the current flawed funding formula with a fair, simple and transparent formula that would provide every child in the state with an equal share of state education aid, regardless of where they live. Continue Reading…

District 24

Too Many Schools Lose Again in Murphy’s Budget Mayhem

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District 24 Lawmakers Blast Dire Funding Cuts to 28 of 38 Local School Districts

Senator Steven Oroho, Assemblyman Parker Space, and Assemblyman Hal Wirths today blasted Governor Phil Murphy’s proposed budget for slashing funding to most schools in the 24th Legislative District.

Senator Steven Oroho, Assemblyman Parker Space, and Assemblyman Hal Wirths blasted Governor Phil Murphy’s proposed budget for slashing funding to most schools in the 24th Legislative District. (SenateNJ.com)

“There’s nothing fair with a funding formula that adds millions in state aid to certain school districts while cutting millions to others year after year,” said Senator Steven Oroho. “These funding cuts will not only result in an increase in property taxes, but cuts of this magnitude will certainly impact core educational programs for students. I’ll be working during the state budget process with my legislative colleagues who have been impacted by these devastating cuts and fight for true funding fairness for schools.”

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District 10

Holzapfel, McGuckin & Catalano Say Murphy Gets an ‘F’ on School Aid Proposal

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Gov. Phil Murphy gets a failing grade on his state school aid proposal, say Sen. Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano. Once again, Brick and Toms River school districts find themselves facing massive aid cuts while the governor’s funding formula favors a handful of urban districts.

Gov. Phil Murphy gets a failing grade on his state school aid proposal, say Sen. Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano. (Flickr)

“Governor Murphy’s proposal allocates nearly half the new state aid to 11 cities, while slashing $185 million in aid to nearly 200 suburban districts, including two of the largest in my district,” Holzapfel (R-Ocean) said. “That’s unconscionable when we are not only facing a school staffing shortage, but trying to give our students some sense of normalcy coming out of Murphy’s masking and lockdown orders.”

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District 10

10th District Legislators Tell NJDOE to Stop Fighting Transparency in School Aid Calculations

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Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano (all R-Ocean) said the Murphy administration should stop trying to hide how State funding to school districts is calculated after a ruling yesterday by a Superior Court judge.

Holzapfel, McGuckin, and Catalano said the Murphy administration should stop trying to hide how State funding to school districts is calculated after a ruling yesterday by a Superior Court judge. (SenateNJ.com)

“School districts like Brick and Toms River shouldn’t have to sue the Murphy administration to get a straight answer about why tens of millions of dollars of State aid were cut from their budgets,” said Holzapfel. “The administration kept trying to deflect blame to the school funding formula, but they refused to let anyone see the actual formula or the data they used to determine aid calculations. The NJDOE’s complete and total lack of transparency has fueled the belief that the Murphy administration is hiding politically-motivated reductions in school aid to Republican districts.”

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Republican Senators

Steven Oroho

District 24 - Republican Leader

Jon Bramnick

District 21

Anthony M. Bucco

District 25

Chris Connors

District 9

Kristin Corrado

District 40

Michael Doherty

District 23

Edward Durr

District 3

Jim Holzapfel

District 10

Declan O'Scanlon

District 13

Joe Pennacchio

District 26

Vince Polistina

District 2

Holly Schepisi

District 39

Robert Singer

District 30

Jean Stanfield

District 8

Michael Testa

District 1

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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