Responding to a law passed by the New Jersey Legislature last summer which will cause $5 million in state aid to be cut for the 2019-2020 school year, Toms River school officials have arranged for a rally at the State House in Trenton today.
“We are traveling to Trenton to rally at the Statehouse, and we have one goal: to get our money back,” a flier about the rally distributed by the district says.
The day chosen is no coincidence: Governor Phil Murphy is scheduled to deliver his state budget address at the state house later today.
More than 70 districts that are losing aid under the law, known as “S2” are members of the coalition, named Support Our Students, and many of them are planning to send buses as well.
In addition to participating in Support Our Schools, the Toms River school district also is one of nine suing the state Department of Education over the way it distributes aid to schools across state.
Under S2, the so-called adjustment aid is being taken away from districts the state says are “overfunded” and that money is being moved to districts that are “underfunded.” The law also mandates that districts that are “under adequacy” — meaning they don’t spend as much as the state says they should be spending to educate students — must also increase their property tax levy by the state cap maximum of 2 percent.
Toms River Regional Schools will be providing a set number of buses for its students and staff members, which will depart RWJBarnabas Health Arena, on the campus of Toms River High School North, 1245 Old Freehold Road, at noon on Tuesday.