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Toms River High School South
Toms River High School South (Toms River Regional High School)
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Revised school funding: Middlesex, Union win big; Ocean, Monmouth lose

In most districts, last-minute cuts to school funding have been shrunk by more than half. But they'd still get less under a plan due to pass Thursday.

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Sen. Jennifer Beck speaks at a Statehouse event, joined by other lawmakers, school officials and the NJEA president. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
Sen. Jennifer Beck speaks at a Statehouse event, joined by other lawmakers, school officials and the NJEA president. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
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Republicans join NJ teachers union to fight ‘catastrophic’ school aid changes

The idea of cutting promised aid to 126 districts prompts an unusual alliance. The Senate president says it's 'pandering' not to trim where enrollments are down.

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School funding deadline day arrives with no sign of new formula

Thursday is the 100th day since Gov. Chris Christie gave lawmakers 100 days to work with him to come up with a new school funding formula. What happens next?

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Sen. Paul Sarlo, flaked by advocates from local school districts around New Jersey, speaks outside the Statehouse Annex. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
Sen. Paul Sarlo, flaked by advocates from local school districts around New Jersey, speaks outside the Statehouse Annex. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
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NJ Senate leader: No state budget unless school aid changed

Unless there are changes to the school-funding formula and additional aid, the Senate won’t pass a state budget, Senate President Stephen Sweeney said.

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Acting Education Commissioner Kimberley Harrington addresses the Assembly Budget Committee. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
Acting Education Commissioner Kimberley Harrington addresses the Assembly Budget Committee. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
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NJ schools need new dollars or a new solution, state commissioner says

An overflow crowd seeking more school-aid funding watched Monday's Assembly hearing. The education commission said the state needs more money or a new approach.

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Manalapan High School
Manalapan High School (Freehold Regional High School District)
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Everyone wants to do something about school funding … but will they?

Democrats say they'll focus on school funding, the top driver of property taxes, though they don't agree on the path forward -- except to oppose Gov. Chris Christie's plan.

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Freehold Township High School
Freehold Township High School (Google Street View)
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Prieto offers new map for school funding reform, rejecting Sweeney’s

The Assembly speaker rejects the Senate president's approach to school funding. That makes three competing options, as Gov. Chris Christie has his own plan.

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Sen. Teresa Ruiz listens to testimony on a proposed school funding study commission. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
Sen. Teresa Ruiz listens to testimony on a proposed school funding study commission. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
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Why booting Christie from school-funding plan doesn’t excite NJ teacher’s union

The NJEA remains opposed to a Democratic plan for voting on changes to how New Jersey pays for education.

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Fairness Formula
Tim Larsen
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Christie’s school tax relief plan: Big help for expensive suburban districts

Right now, poor districts get lots of aid, and some spend lots of money — but so do plenty of the richest districts in New Jersey, who'd get huge relief under Christie's plan.

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Christie: Property tax ‘revolution’ may close city schools

Gov. Chris Christie said failing, underpopulated schools in urban areas would close under his idea for redistributing school aid so that it’s equal per pupil in every municipality.

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