NJ lawmakers try to find way to pay for education system without raising taxes

New Jersey lawmakers are debating how to pay for a growing education system and keep property taxes from rising. New Jersey schools spend one third of the overall state budget, an expense that drives property taxes up each year.

Assemblyman Craig Stanley (D-Irvington) wants to change the state constitution to include how to pay for education. Other assembly members feel that would take too much time, especially when the problem needs to be fixed now.

The state has not increased education spending for the past three years. So many educators feel the federal government should lend a helping hand. Opponents to President Bush?s No Child Left Behind Act feel it?s time for them to help get better test scores with more funding.

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