Inequity Continues To Grow Under New School Aid Plan
Newark, with an enrollment of 44,173 students, will receive $109.8 million more in aid than Bergen, Hunterdon, Morris, and Somerset Counties combined, with an enrollment of 293,875 students.
Union City, with a student population of 9,759, will receive $25.6 million more in state aid than all of Somerset County with an enrollment of 54,798.
Despite the cries of Abbott school district advocates, Newark is slated to receive $310 in additional state aid per student next year and Union City $2,070 more per pupil. Bergen, Hunterdon, Morris, and Somerset Counties combined will receive an aid increase of $261 per student.
In eight years, Bergen, Hunterdon, Morris, and Somerset Counties' combined aid increase will be $546 per student, while Newark’s aid will have increased by $7,169 and Union City by $6,426 per student.
Assuming the Governor’s new school spending and aid plan is approved, state aid per student will be $1,867 for Bergen County, $2,266 for Hunterdon County, $2,139 for Morris County and $2,253 for Somerset County. State aid will be $15,793 per student for Newark and $15,267 for Union City.
The Governor’s aid figures do not include $18,586 per student the Abbott school districts will receive separately for pre-school. Last year, Abbott pre-school enrollment was 41,000.
The following chart compares the four New Jersey counties with the two Abbott school districts to show what’s happened with state aid since 2000. The state’s Abbott school districts achieved per student spending parity with the wealthiest school districts in 1997 and by 2000 the 31 school districts were spending more per student.
New Jersey State School Aid
2000 - 2008
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This second chart shows the proposed increase in state aid under Corzine’s proposal for the same four counties and two urban school districts.
Proposed Increases 2008