Fair Funding

New Jersey Fair Funding


 

HOW CAN I HELP?

The Deptford Township Board of Education has been focused on the underfunding that has taken place as a result of the SFRA funding formula that has provided some districts with more than 100% of their State Aid.  This is a problem because some districts, including Deptford, have received less than 100%.  The Governor has once again held State Aid flat despite the fact that districts are receiving varying percentages of their State Aid. To counter this issue, we have been talking with other underfunded districts and advocating for this problem to be fixed now.  This underfunding has cost the Deptford Township Public Schools $22,564,776 in the last five years and $4,477,313 this year.  With the current state of Deptford’s budget that extra money would make a big difference to our students.  We are not asking the Governor and the Senate to give us more State Aid then what has been determined by SFRA to be rightfully ours.  We just want to be funded at 100% like other districts in the state.  Do not hesitate to write or contact the dignitaries below to help Deptford Township Public Schools continue to fight for what we deserve.

Please download this letter and send to the elected officials below.

Word Document here

PDF Document here

CONTACT THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE

Add your voice to those of public education advocates throughout the state. Tell the Governor you’ve had enough of unfair funding. Visit the Governor’s website here

 

The Honorable Chris Christie
Office of the Governor
PO Box 001
Trenton, NJ 08625
(609) 292-6000

 

Contact the Education Commissioner

Tell New Jersey’s Commissioner of Education Kimberley Harrington that you are fed up with how badly Deptford is underfunded by submitting your remarks here. If you prefer to mail a letter to the Commissioner, please send it to the following address:

 

Kimberley Harrington,
Acting Commissioner of Education
NJ Department of Education
P.O. Box 500
Trenton, NJ  08625-0500

 

CONTACT THE NJ ASSEMBLY LEADERS

  • Senate Select Committee on School Funding Fairness (SR-100) passed the NJ Senate by a wide margin recently and had bi-partisan support. In fact, the legislation was co-sponsored by Senate President Sweeney (D3) and Senator Thomas Kean, Jr. (R21). However, an Assembly version of the bill must be posted in the Assembly for the State Representatives to vote. As it stands, Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D32) refuses to post an Assembly version of Senate Bill SR-100, thus giving little hope to Deptford school district that the state funding imbalance will be corrected and our schools funded fairly.

 

Contact Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, Deputy Speaker Gary Shaer, and Education Committee Chairwoman and tell him we are fed up with Trenton politics and to allow the NJ State Assembly to weigh in on this critical issue.

 

Vincent Prieto (D), Leg. District 32

Assembly Speaker

One Hamon Plaza, Suite 205

Secaucus, NJ 07094

Phone: (201) 770-1303

Fax: (201) 770-1326

AsmPrieto@njleg.org

Gary S. Shaer (D), Leg. District 36

Deputy Speaker & Budget Chairperson

1 Howe Ave

Passaic, NJ 07055

Phone: (973) 249-3665

Fax: (201) 770-1326

AsmSchaer@njleg.org

Marlene Caride (D), Leg. District 36

Deputy Speaker & Budget Chairperson

613 Bergen Blvd.

Ridgefiled, NJ 07657

Phone: (201) 943-0615

Fax: (201) 943-0984

AswCaride@njleg.org

State Aid Database link (spending to adequacy)