NJ School Districts To Receive The Largest State Education Aid in History

BY  |  Thursday, Feb 23, 2012 5:39pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

Governor Chris Christie announced aid figures for New Jersey school districts today. The figures are based on the Fiscal Year 2013 Budget proposal which is the largest appropriation of state education dollars in New Jersey history.

This includes $7.8 billion in K-12 formula aid, an increase of $135 million over last year and part of $213 million in additional state funding for education over Fiscal Year 2012.

Baristaville schools will receive the following in additional aid:

Bloomfield Public Schools: $1,323,011
Glen Ridge Public Schools: $184,377
Millburn Public Schools: $353,748
Montclair Public Schools: $838,855
South Orange – Maplewood Public Schools: $764,940
West Orange Public Schools: $916,170

In his statement, Governor Christie said:

Since taking office, one of my greatest priorities has been working to ensure that every child in the state receives a high quality education that will prepare them for the demands of the 21st century,” said Governor Christie. “In addition to increasing overall spending on education to the highest levels in state history, we can and will go further to implement common sense ways that will make every education dollar count. If we truly want to ensure that all students, regardless of zip code, graduate from high school ready for college and career, the money needs to follow the child.

The Governor’s budget not only increases education aid for the second year in a row, but also pairs changes to the School Funding Reform Act (SFRA) with bold education reforms, which the Governor’s office says will ensure “resources are used in a way that will close the achievement gap and better serve those children who need them most.” These changes were based on the findings of the “Education Funding Report” prepared by Acting Education Commissioner Chris Cerf. The findings of the “Education Funding Report” can be found at

According to the report, “Making several common sense modifications to the SFRA will finally make it possible to truly fund districts based on the number and needs of students, while at the same time laying out a schedule that adds additional funds in each future year and will fully fund the SFRA over the next five years. This will increase stability and predictability for districts and fund districts based both on the number of students served and the needs of those students.”

According to NJ Spotlight, Christie announced a 6 percent increase in direct aid to colleges and universities in his 2013 budget. But missing from the speech — and his budget — was his long-discussed intention to provide the schools with major facilities help, likely in the form of a capital bond. The state has not seen a major bond for higher education since 1988.

See complete state aid figures, which are broken down in categories online here.

2 Comments

  1. POSTED BY NNN9495  |  February 23, 2012 @ 8:57 pm

    And why is Glen Ridge at the bottom of the list? Extremely disappointing!

  2. POSTED BY lauren  |  February 23, 2012 @ 10:53 pm

    Probably because Glen Ridge, according to measures available today, has the least amount of issues on the list. There might not be much to fix. Also look at # of students- the other districts cover a broader area and urban areas, which equate to a larger population of students. If money is awarded based on# of students, that is a reason right there.

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