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District will Receive an additional $1.3 Million in State Aid

Christie promises increases for every school district in the state.

Wayne will get more than $2.5 million more state in 2011-12 than it did in 2010-11.

Governor Chris Christie said Tuesday the district will get nearly $1.3 million more in aid, in addition to the almost $1.6 million in Special Education aid the district is already from the state.

Wayne will get more than $2.8 million in state aid overall in 2011-12 compared to the $295,000 it received for the 2010-11 academic year, a difference of more than $2.5 million.

Board of Education President Donald Pavlak Jr. and Interim Superintendent Michael Roth could not be reached for comment.

Christie said the money is part of an extra $850 million being pumped into New Jersey's public schools into the state's Fiscal Year 2012 Budget. There will be a $250 million increase for all school districts and an additional $450 million for Abbot districts. Non-Abbotts will get an additional $150 million.

Christie had tried to cut $450 million from the Abbott districts but the state supreme court ruled against the cuts.

"We are keeping faith with our commitment to New Jersey’s children and families, spending more money per pupil on New Jersey’s students than almost any other state in the country,” Christie said. “Now is the time to complement the dollars spent with real education reform to bring a focus on student learning, accountability and results.”

Heather July 13, 2011 at 12:18 PM
We are hearing about "abbott" communities receiving more funding, I am curious to know what, if any, the effect had been of the money being pumped into these communities.
SpeakTheTruth July 13, 2011 at 03:53 PM
It is tiring to hear about the 'gift' of "extra" money for our schools. The state should be giving us back some of OUR money to help educate. After cutting almost $9 million, giving back $2.5 doesn't sound that great.
packamom July 13, 2011 at 05:25 PM
I would agree with both of you. It is my opinion that you can pump all the millions of dollars into these districts possible, but without parental involvement and a stable home environment, not much improvement is going to happen. I think a more equitable solution would be to spend a fixed amount per student, REGARDLESS of where they live. I am tired of spending thousands of dollars in taxes that go mostly outside our school district to then turn around and fund raise for our own schools here in Wayne.
Wayne Voter July 13, 2011 at 06:49 PM
This is not "additional" money. It is restored funding. Let's stop with the political rhetoric already. And it doesn't even come close to what is owed to Wayne.

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