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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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Budget Address
Governor's Office/Tim Larsen
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Christie’s final budget: ‘Fairness formula’ dead, but push for school aid change lives

Gov. Chris Christie says he'll work with lawmakers for a new school aid formula by June. He warns he'll act alone if that fails, but his leverage isn't clear.

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Jody Demas of Palmyra, a Save Our Schools NJ organizer, speaks on school funding. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
Jody Demas of Palmyra, a Save Our Schools NJ organizer, speaks on school funding. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
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All eyes on Christie’s school aid plans for NJ’s 2018 budget

The school-aid hearings are over, but the suspense isn't. Will Gov. Chris Christie seek to impose changes in his budget? Will the aid formula be changed?

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Gov. Chris Christie joined New Jersey 101.5's Eric Scott Monday. Feb. 13 for "Ask the Governor" (Louis C. Hochman / Townsquare Media)
Gov. Chris Christie joined New Jersey 101.5's Eric Scott Monday. Feb. 13 for "Ask the Governor" (Louis C. Hochman / Townsquare Media)
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How Christie could bring ‘chaos and anxiety’ to your school budget

On the one hand, Gov. Chris Christie says his 2018 state budget proposal won’t include any big surprises. On the other, he's not ruling out embedding his school aid changes.

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Behavioral Health Bed Expansion
Tim Larsen
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Poll finds NJ residents want Christie to widen his priorities

A new Quinnipiac University Poll finds New Jersey residents care about affordable housing and public school funding.

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Preferred Behavioral Health
Governor Chris Christie, Department of Health Commissioner Beth Connolly and Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini participate in a roundtable discussion on drug addiction and recovery while at Preferred Behavioral Health in Toms River, N.J. on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)
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Court denies Christie effort to overrule teacher contracts

The administration says contract rules "serve as impediments to a thorough and efficient education."

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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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Gov. Chris Christie holds a Candlelight Vigil for Addiction and Recovery at the Statehouse
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An embattled Christie finds common cause in battling drug addiction

These days, if Gov. Chris Christie has a public event, odds are it's about spotlighting addiction-recovery services. Wednesday's was a Statehouse candlelight vigil.

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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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