Jersey City Education Association Since 1878
NEW JERSEY MUST SCRAP STATE FUNDING CUTS IN HIGH NEED DISTRICTS June 16, 2021
Proposed cuts to state funding in Governor Murphy’s FY2022 State Budget, if enacted, would violate a federal requirement for “Maintenance of Equity” (MOEq) in the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Relief Fund (ARP ESSER), an Education Law Center analysis has found. To comply with the requirement, and not risk jeopardizing $2.5 billion in federal COVID-19 relief to New Jersey school districts, ELC is urging the Legislature to include in the State Budget the additional state funding needed to maintain equity in the high need districts impacted by the proposed cuts.
“If the Legislature and Governor sign off on this state aid cut, not only will high need districts have less funding for the 2021-22 school year, but New Jersey risks losing billions in federal funds urgently needed to address the impacts of the pandemic on students, their families, and communities across the state,” said David Sciarra, ELC Executive Director. READ MORE