Who Gets Helped, Who Gets Hurt: Murphy’s Proposed School Aid in Budget Plan

The governor has allocated $9 billion in state aid for public education for 2020-2021. Here’s a chance to see how your district does
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Gov. Phil Murphy

The Murphy administration yesterday released the district-by-district breakdown of proposed state aid for public education in 2020-2021. The total comes to $9.01 billion or close to a quarter of Gov. Phil Murphy’s overall $40 billion spending plan.

More than 370 districts would see increases under the governor’s plan, and close to 200 would face cuts in the total state aid they now receive.

NJ Proposed 2020-21 School Aid
NJ Proposed 2020-21 School Aid

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The map and the database that accompany this story let you see how your district fares.

The biggest winners are some of the state’s largest and neediest districts, including Newark, Paterson and Trenton. But other big districts — including Jersey City and Toms River— are seeing steep cuts as the administration and Legislature seek to align state aid to the state’s school funding formula.

The numbers won’t be set in stone until the final state budget is struck, likely in June. And Murphy also included a $50 million emergency fund to help districts facing the harshest cuts once the year begins.

But if history follows, the amounts will end pretty close to these proposed numbers. And at least for now, they’ll be the ones used by districts when they set their budgets for the next school year.

Zoom in and move the map around or click on the magnifying glass to use the search box (be sure to include NJ) to find a district. Click on it for details. Switch between types of districts by clicking the check boxes next to the 3 district types in the legends box. Data for all districts, including vocationals, special services and charters, are in the searchable database.