TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers have divergent views on a fair way to distribute aid to school districts.
In a budget committee hearing on Monday, Republican Assemblyman Jay Webber asked Education Commissioner David Hespe whether it’s fair for the state to subsidize low-income districts at a much higher level per student compared with most suburban schools.
But Democratic lawmakers asked why Gov. Chris Christie’s administration wants to give schools a $20 per student boost in the coming year regardless of income.
Since Christie became governor, the state has not used a funding formula set in a 2008 law to allocate money to school.
The state Education Department says it would cost $1.1 billion more to fund schools at the level required under that formula.