During the current school year, 2017 – 2018, all New Jersey public school districts received modest increases in state aid. However many local school leaders and other education advocates say the funding falls far short of what is needed.
Here are the facts:
– While the Little Falls Public School District’s 2017 -2018 state budget allocation of $575,388 represents a 6.46% increase over its 2016 – 2017 state education budget allocation of $540,494, it is 27.3% less than the allocation of $ 791,837 which the district received in 2009 – 2010.
– While the Passaic Valley Regional High School’s 2017 – 2018 state budget allocation of $1,080,544 represents a 6.62% increase over its 2016 – 2017 state education budget allocation of $1,013,467, it is 25.8% less than the high school’s 2009 – 2010 allocation of $1,456,815.
Recently, in an effort to fix inequalities in State School Aid, ten (10) New Jersey school districts have declared themselves overtaxed and underfunded. These districts intend to petition the state education commissioner to fix inequalities in state school aid as a precursor to a potential lawsuit against the state.
Clearly the two Little Falls school districts have been underfunded for years. This has added to the property tax burden of Little Falls’ residents.
Later this month the New Jersey Department of Education will release its 2018- 2019 school aid funding guidelines. So now is the time for Little Falls’ taxpayers, parents, teachers, school board members, school superintendents, and elected officials to advocate for adequate state funding for our township’s public schools.
As an initial step, the Little Falls’ Public School District and the Passaic Valley Regional High School should join with other school districts in circulating petitions demanding that the state education commissioner fix the inequalities in state school aid.