New Jersey’s current education finance law, the School Funding Reform Act of 2008, is based on the principle that state aid will “follow the child.” Yet today, almost two-thirds of New Jersey’s school districts receive less state funding than the SFRA formula says they should. Approximately 100 of these school districts fall into the category of “severely underfunded.”
A variety of factors has led to this situation. But the fact is that, for far too many school districts, current state aid does not recognize their enrollment growth over the past decade, as well as other factors.
NJSBA is sponsoring regional forums designed to help school board members from “underfunded” districts advocate for the state aid their students deserve.
Discussion topics include:
- School Funding Issues – 2018-2019
- How to engage your community in school funding advocacy
- Techniques for communicating with your legislators
- Successful advocacy practices to use…and missteps to avoid
The programs run from 6:30 – 8 p.m., with registration and a light dinner beginning at 6 p.m.
The program offers two Board Member Academy Credits.
School leaders are encouraged to register to attend this program at the location most convenient for them.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Brookside Elementary School
370 Buckelew Avenue
Jamesburg, NJ 08831
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Absecon Board of Education
800 Ireland Avenue
Absecon, NJ 08201-1199
For more information, contact Ray Pinney, director of member engagement.