More than 200 N.J. school districts declared ‘below adequacy’ in report

More than 200 New Jersey school districts have been found by the Supreme Court fact-finding report as functioning “below adequacy,” according to the Education Law Center Tuesday in a story by NJ Spotlight.

Included on the list of 205 districts are poorer ones, according to a story by NJ Spotlight, such as the 31 so-called Abbott districts, and wealthier ones, including suburbs like Ridgefield, Toms River and Middletown.

Those districts are spending some $1.1 billion less than needed to be found adequate, according to David Sciarra, ELC director, who said the issue could become important with the recent special master finding that the Christie administration’s formula for school funding is inadequate.

Adequacy is defined through a complex formula used in the state’s School Funding Reform Act (SFRA), ELC stated. It factors in the cost of educating a child with various needs, starting at just below $10,000 for a general education elementary school student and going up with age and requirements.

See a full list of the below adequate districts below.

More than 200 N.J. school districts declared ‘below adequacy’ in report