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  • NJ A3929
  • Establishes State School Aid Funding Fairness Commission.
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2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill establishes the State School Aid Funding Fairness Commission, which will consist of four public members appointed as follows: two members appointed by the Governor; one member appointed by the Senate President; and one member appointed by the Speaker of the General Assembly. The members must have knowledge and experience in public school finance or knowledge and experience in State budgeting and finance. The commission is charged with studying the following issues: 1) the adjustment aid and State aid growth limit provisions of the State's school funding law, the "School Funding Reform Act of 2008" (SFRA), P.L.2007, c.260 (C.18A:7F-43 et al.), to determine recommendations for revising those provisions in order to bring all school districts to their adequacy budgets over a period of five school years. A school district's adequacy budget is calculated under section 9 of SFRA and represents the amount needed to provide district students with a thorough and efficient education; 2) the tax levy cap and its impact on the ability of school districts to adequately fund operating expenses; (3) the per pupil administrative costs limit and the impact of the limit on school district staffing and operations; and (4) the equalized valuation and income measures used to determine a school district's local share of its adequacy budget, and the impact of property tax abatements on that local share. The bill stipulates that the recommendations made by the commission must comport with the Legislature's responsibility under the State Constitution to provide a thorough and efficient education to all students. The commission must complete its work within one year of its organization through the issuance of a report to the Governor, the Senate President, and the Speaker of the General Assembly. The report must be accompanied by proposed legislation to implement the recommendations. The proposed legislation will be introduced in the Senate by the Senate President and in the General Assembly by the Speaker of the General Assembly. The bill will not be referred to committee in either House, will receive second reading without committee consideration, and will then be placed on third reading. The bill must either be approved on final passage or rejected, without changes or amendments.
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Education Committee  (on 6/20/2016)
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6/20/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Education Committee
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