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Thursday, March 23, 2006

Abbott School Districts To Receive 56 Percent of State School Aid

State school aid figures for the 2006-07 school year were announced today by New Jersey Department of Education officials.

Total state aid for schools will be $7,084,693,521, with Abbott School districts slated to receive $3,975,035,052. That’s 56.1 percent of all school aid going to the 31 Abbott districts and 43.9 percept going to the remaining 564 school districts in the state.



5 Comments:

At 11:51 PM, Blogger Ken Adams said...

Put another way, the average Abbott district will receive $128 million from the taxpayers of the state, while the average non-Abbott district will receive $5.5 million. How is this efficient?

 
At 8:02 AM, Blogger joated said...

Or equitable?

 
At 9:39 AM, Blogger PN said...

These figures don't appear to include the $243 million for Abbott preschool programs.

 
At 11:33 AM, Anonymous njcons said...

I never even got a glass of wine.

 
At 2:17 PM, Blogger njgalaxie73 said...

When I lived in Guttenberg and ran for a seat on the School Board twice, this was such a big issue. the town of Guttenberg is really small and they only have one school. They are sandwiched between North Bergen where I currently reside and West New York which are both Abbott Districts.

The problem in Guttenberg is that it's really a tale of two towns. The families that send their children to Anna L. Klein School range from poor to middle class as does the overwhelming majority of the town. Yet when you factor in the wealthy people who live in the Galaxy Towers on Boulevard East and own condos on the Waterfront, none of whom send their children to the school, Guttenberg gets classified as a rich town and therefore does not get a great deal of state aid. It also dosen't help that the School Board is so inept that they used their entire surpluses from the two previous fiscal years to balance their budget which left an even bigger strain.

Over the last two years, the school board budget was voted down because property owners were paying so much in Municipal Taxes due to the ineptitude of Guttenberg Mayor David Delle Donna and his administration that they felt they simply could not afford to pay anymore. Not to mention that the School Board didn't give any indication whatsoever that they weren't going to misuse what they took in.

When the budget was voted down last year the school had no money for any of its extra-cirricular activities. Some were saved thanks to the generosity of others. What never got exposed was that the school board never seriously faught for more funding because they weren't about to bite the hand of the political macine that feeds them.

Whether it's the state or the town itself, the children of Guttenberg get let down and that's the saddest part of all of this. No matter how much funding these Abbotts get on top of what they already get too much of, Guttenberg won't get any of what they need and the school board won't fight for it. It's a very sad state of affairs the system is in right now.

 

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