School Boards Assoc. says ruling does little to help children throughout state

TRENTON — New Jersey School Boards Association President Raymond R. Wiss said the state Supreme Court’s decision on education funding does little to help students throughout the state.

 “The New Jersey School Boards Association believes in fair and equitable distribution of state aid,” he said in a release. “In 2008, NJSBA supported the principles of the School Funding Reform Act, based on the act’s recognition that at-risk students attend schools in communities throughout New Jersey, not just in 31 communities.

“The 2008 funding law also attempted to help those middle- and moderate-income communities, which suffer from high property tax burdens and still have been unable to fund their education programs at levels considered adequate by the state.

“Today’s court decision does not resolve these matters.”

He pointed out that the ruling leaves in place the School Funding Reform Act.

“That factor holds out the possibility that the act can be used to meet the goals of adequate financing and property tax control for all communities in future years, although it does not remedy the impact of recent school funding reductions in the majority of school districts.” School Boards Assoc. says ruling does little to help children throughout state