New Jersey School Districts to See 5% Cut in State Aid


princeton-avenue-school-building-smallNew state figures indicate most school districts in New Jersey stand to see their state aid reduced by about 5 percent of their total budget next year. Frank Belluscio, a spokesman for the New Jersey School Boards Association, said today that the situation will force many school boards to choose between deep cuts and asking voters for large property tax increases.

Belluscio says education officials told districts to prepare to have their state aid cut by as much as 15 percent as the state tries to deal with a budget crisis.

But the state changed course — meaning that about half the districts will see their main state aid cut by 20 percent or more.

Some small and wealthy districts are losing all their traditional aid.

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