The Education Law Center urged the proper funding of schools be implemented in light of the special master finding today that the state underfunded the aid formula.
According to ELC, the court wants briefs by April 21 in response to the findings of Judge Peter Doyne, and the court will then decide what further steps to take.
“ELC, as counsel for the Plaintiff schoolchildren, will now make the case that Judge Doyne’s detailed findings should be sustained and that the (School Funding Reform Act) formula must be properly implemented. The Special Master’s report is an important step towards providing all NJ public school children with the education they need, deserve and are constitutionally entitled to receive,” ELC policy outreach coordinator Sharon Krengel said in a release. “In finding that the School Funding Reform Act (SFRA) formula is underfunded by $1.6 billion, or 19%, in the current year, the Special Master highlighted evidence of the inability of districts to provide the programs necessary for students to meet State academic standards, particularly at-risk students across the state.”