Governor Murphy Touts Increased School Funding In Proposed Budget


Earlier today, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy visited the Fort Lee High School to highlight how his proposed state budget increases school funding by $206 million.

“Our spending plan finally sets New Jersey on a path to fully funding our public schools,” Governor Murphy said.

“Fort Lee is just one example of many school districts where state funding failed to keep pace with a rapidly growing community, forcing the district to make tough choices as the number of students grew while the budget did not. By putting our school districts on a level playing field, we can ensure that all of New Jersey children have the tools they need to succeed.”

The Governor’s proposed Fiscal Year 2020 budget would continue the seven-year phase-in to full funding, which began last year with the Fiscal Year 2019 Appropriations Act. Governor Murphy’s budget includes $15.4 billion to support schools, the highest levels of state aid in New Jersey history. His proposed budget would increase direct K-12 school aid, or “formula aid,” by $206 million.

Other major initiatives in the Governor’s budget are career and technical education (CTE) and STEM education. The spending plan would continue the Computer Science for All effort ($2 million), Liberty Science Center’s program to provide science education to schools with high numbers of at-risk students ($1.35 million), and innovative early college programs such the PTECH model to bring together high schools, community colleges, and businesses ($400,000).

In addition, Governor Murphy’s spending plan calls for a $5 million increase in extraordinary special education aid; ensures that charter schools do not see cuts to aid levels this year, and provides an additional $108.9 million to support payments that the state makes on behalf of school districts, including teacher pensions, medical benefits for retired educators, and Social Security contributions for teachers.


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