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  • NJ A509
  • Revises State funding formula for public education.
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2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill provides that State funding for public education, other than funding for special education, will be distributed on a per pupil basis; except that the Legislature may distribute funding other than on a per pupil basis if it determines that an alternative funding method is necessary. The bill amends a number of sections in the "Comprehensive Educational Improvement and Financing Act of 1996," (CEIFA) P.L.1996, c.138, and other sections throughout Title 18A of the New Jersey Statutes which refer to the current educational funding formula. The bill also repeals statute sections which would no longer be relevant in light of the revised formula. In light of the rulings of the New Jersey Supreme Court in the Abbott v. Burke line of decisions, one could speculate that the court might invalidate the provisions of this bill as it has with prior school funding formulas. However, due to the fact that the court has exceeded its authority, it is the duty of the Legislature as a co-equal branch of government to restore the balance of power required by our form of representative government. The court in the Abbott decisions has ordered that moneys be distributed to districts which have demonstrated that they cannot produce educational excellence, and it has diverted funding from districts in which educational excellence is in place. This diversion of funds has led to increases in property taxes in many non-Abbott districts which in some cases have robbed senior citizens and others of the value of their homes. In light of such injustice, the Legislature has a moral responsibility to act.
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Education Committee  (on 1/27/2016)
Date Chamber Action Description
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Education Committee
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