School Funding Formula Threatens Layoffs, Program Cuts for Some

WNYC | May 31, 2019 | Education
As districts across New Jersey say they will be forced into big layoffs, John Mooney of NJ Spotlight discusses the thorny issue of school funding

School districts and education advocacy groups across New Jersey are calling on Gov. Phil Murphy and legislative leaders to rethink adjustments to the state’s funding formula for public schools. Two hundred districts across the state say they’ll be forced into hefty layoffs this year if proposed state aid cuts go through.

Many districts across the state will actually see funding increases from the state’s proposed budget. But districts facing cuts are crying foul, and warning that they’ll be forced to lay off staff and cut programs. Jersey City has gone so far as to sue the state, saying the cuts are unconstitutional.

NJ Spotlight’s education writer John Mooney discusses New Jersey’s school funding formula with Jami Floyd of WNYC.

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