New Jersey lawmakers propose bill to fix state school funding

New Jersey lawmakers have proposed a bill to help fix the state's school funding issues.

New Jersey lawmakers have proposed a bill to help fix the state's school funding issues. (6/9/16)

TRENTON - New Jersey lawmakers say that they are taking the first steps to fix the state’s chronically underfunded schools.

About 80 percent of school districts in the Garden State aren’t receiving the funding mandated by the New Jersey Supreme Court.

New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney says that the state’s school funding formula relies on property taxes. He says that the formula is broken and unfair to schools.

Sen. Sweeney has introduced a bill that would form a commission to come up with a new funding formula. If the bill passes, the funding commission will have a year to find a way to fill a $1 billion deficit in the education system. Lawmakers will then have to give the plan an up or down vote.

“What this does is it puts a hard line with an up or down vote with no amendments with no politics with no horse trading, it forces us to vote - not to make deals.”

Students at some of the underfunded schools say that they hope that lawmakers are able to find a way to get more funding for their schools.

“Our ceilings are falling down, there's water everywhere…we have horrible textbooks and bad computers,” says Trenton High School senior Kendra Vilus.

“If they just see there are students out here and people out here, that generally want to succeed maybe then they'll help us get the funding,” senior Tatyana DeJesus says.

Sweeney says that he hopes to have the bill passed in the next few weeks.

The education law center put out a statement saying that schools can't wait. The center’s analysts are asking lawmakers to give schools more money right way in the working state budget.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

St. Joseph High School student Matthew Hall visited 1 Teen battling cancer thanks medical team as he prepares to attend prom
The owner of Jewelry Expo in Union Township 2 Sleight-of-hand thieves steal $10K worth of jewelry
News 12 New Jersey - Weather On The 3 New Jersey Weather Forecast
The event, which is only in its second 4 Central NJ brain tumor walked held in Asbury Park
A possible protest is taking shape among transit 5 Commuters threaten possible 'No Pay May' protest on NJ Transit

advertisement | advertise on News 12


It's good to know you have Walt Kane Kane in Your Corner

It's good to know you have Walt Kane in your corner.

News 12 takes a look at the hottest Tech Check

Eric Landskroner has a look at the latest gadgets and biggest stories in tech.

News 12 On the Scene

Check out these exclusive videos from New Jersey celebs!

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.