Christie Announces Highest Levels of State Aid Education Funding in NJ History: Montclair to Receive 0 Percent Increase

BY  |  Thursday, Feb 28, 2013 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (9)

state aidThe NJ Department of Education has just announced the level of state aid funding for New Jersey schools—an increase of $97.3 million over Fiscal Year 2013:

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.

Read the details here.

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.

9 Comments

  1. POSTED BY State Street Pete  |  February 28, 2013 @ 3:53 pm

    Bloomfield gets a $500,000 increase, while Glen Ridge, Verona, Nutley and Maplewood/SO are also getting no increase.

    I understand that Baristanet is Montclair centric, but those of us in the other towns under the Barista umbrella would appreaciate if a bit more considration could be given in posts like this that discuss state matters that directly impact the towns. It wouldn’t take much effort here to include the figures for the other local towns

    We’ve seen a slew of Montclair BOE posts in the last few days, but the coverage of the Bloomfield BOE, where much has happened in the last few weeks, has received narry a mention.

    Nothing personal Georgette, I think you do a fine job. It’s just hard to shake the feeling of second class status here in Bloomfield. And with the drop in Patch’s coverage of Bloomfield lately Barista might even pick up a few more page views.

  2. POSTED BY qby33  |  February 28, 2013 @ 4:10 pm

    With the amount of surplus Montclair has had over the past 3 years, it would have been a real shock to see a state aid increase!

  3. POSTED BY Kristin  |  February 28, 2013 @ 5:16 pm

    State Street Pete: I’ll bet GG would LOVE to have someone cover Bloomfield BOE meetings…are you offering? :)

  4. POSTED BY scottie  |  February 28, 2013 @ 8:49 pm

    I’ll second that. It truly would have been nice to see a mention of the $500k increease to Bloomfield. There is a crisis brewing in Bloomfield and coverage of the events, problems and solutions would be much appreciated.

  5. POSTED BY walleroo  |  March 01, 2013 @ 2:17 am

    This will have to do until I can get a better photo…

    Hahahaha! Pete, you are BUSTED!

  6. POSTED BY walleroo  |  March 01, 2013 @ 2:18 am

    Oops, I meant to paste State Street Pete: I’ll bet GG would LOVE to have someone cover Bloomfield BOE meetings…are you offering?

  7. POSTED BY blablabla  |  March 01, 2013 @ 10:41 am

    Can someone explain why Montclair does not receive an increase? Our taxes increase. We have lost nearly all of our language programs and librarians. Who is at the helm of the outlandish surpluses? Why wasn’t the entire BOE cleared after years of damaging our schools while stockpiling money they claimed didn’t exsist? Why does it cost our township nearly 17K for a consultant to find candidates for a BOE to consider? Most BOE’s have been more than capable of doing so without lavishly spending money. Given our BOE, who based upon their fabulous bios, should be more than qualified and capable of finding an appropriate Superintendent without spending money they claim is not there. So many questions, so little time.

  8. POSTED BY State Street Pete  |  March 05, 2013 @ 3:24 pm

    Wow, I’ve been called out, and taunted by the resident marsupial no less.

    Kristin, I’d consider it. I’m at most of the BOE meetings anyway. What does the job entail?

  9. POSTED BY Georgette Gilmore  |  March 05, 2013 @ 4:07 pm

    Really State Street? Send me an email georgette@baristakids.com

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