Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Is the "Fairness Formula" Fair?
My Saturday post on Gov. Chris Christie's proposed "Fairness Formula" attracted some attention, but now that the holiday is over, I'm hoping more people will read it.
Christie made a similar bid for changing school funding in 2011, but nothing came of it. Plainfield contributed the same local tax levy amount to school costs, $17,683,906, from 1992 until the 2008-09 school year, when the state mandated a 4 percent increase.
From then on out, annual local tax levy increases were meant to move toward a $33 million "fair share," although state aid subsequently increased. The budget question on the April 19 ballot was for a local tax levy of $24,295,492, toward a total budget of $189,131,039. Funding includes federal and grant revenues in addition to state and local contributions.
Christie is proposing state funding of $6,599 per-pupil, in contrast to Plainfield's projected per-pupil cost of $15,566 for the 2016-17 school year.
Please take a look at Saturday's post (click on link above), which also contains a statement from the New Jersey School Boards Association on Christie's proposal.