Demonstrating the Christie Administration’s continued commitment for supporting public education in New Jersey, state aid figures for districts based on the proposed Fiscal Year 2014 Budget released today represents the largest appropriation of K-12 education dollars in the state’s history. The Governor’s proposed budget includes nearly $9 billion in state aid, an increase of $97.3 million over Fiscal Year 2013.
“Throughout my time in office I have continuously argued that in order to grow New Jersey’s economy we must invest in education, and my proposed budget is a reflection of my commitment to our educational system and communities across the state,” said Governor Christie. “However, even as we continue to fund education at the highest levels in state history, we must remain willing to reflect on how we are spending our money and work towards solutions that make every dollar we invest count.”
The $97.3 million increase in education aid is the third year in a row of increases in education funding. On average, districts across the state will receive an increase of $75 per pupil. All districts will receive an increase in K-12 formula aid or maintain flat funding from the previous school year.
“New Jersey ranks in the top three in the country with its per-pupil spending on public education and this year’s proposed budget continues that trend,” said Commissioner Cerf. “But it takes more than money to provide an effective education and we will continue to focus on ways to support our educators, districts and schools in order to ensure all of our students receive a high-quality education that prepares them for the expectations of college and careers in the 21st century.”
Governor Christie’s proposed budget also includes several new aid categories designed to provide additional funds to districts and students.
At Monday’s Montclair BoE meeting, a budget was presented, with a note that it was preliminary and may be changed, especially when the Governor announced the level of state aid. According to the NJ Department of Educations proposed state aid broken down by district, Montclair will not see an increase in aid for 2013-14, but will receive the same amount as the 2012-13 school year—$6,586,651.
We will update if the district announces any changes.