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>Just a reminder as you vote on a new Ridgewood School Budget : Mike Doherty’s Fair School Funding could save Ridgewood $42,050,037

>Just a reminder as you vote on a new Ridgewood School Budget : Mike Doherty’s Fair School Funding could save Ridgewood $42,050,037

State Senator Mike Doherty has drafted legislation that will provide an equal amount of school aid for every student in New Jersey, regardless of where they reside. Mike’s legislation is consistent with Article VIII, Section IV, Paragraph 2 of the New Jersey State Constitution, which states that “the fund for the support of free public schools . . . shall be annually appropriated to the support of free public schools, and for the equal benefit of all the people of the state.”

Under Mike Doherty’s plan of Fair School Funding, Ridgewood Village will get back $42,050,037 more each year for school funding!

A draft of Senator Mike Doherty’s bill appears below:

An Act concerning State school aid and supplementing Title 18A of the New Jersey Statutes.

Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

Whereas, Article III., Paragraph 1, of the New Jersey State Constitution states, “The powers of government shall be divided among three distinct branches, the legislative, executive, and judicial. No person or persons belonging to or constituting one branch shall exercise any of the powers properly belonging to either of the others, except as expressly provided in this Constitution.”

Whereas, Article VIII, Section IV, Paragraph 1, of the New Jersey State Constitution states, “the Legislature shall provide for the maintenance and support of a thorough and efficient system of free public schools for the instruction of all children in State between the ages of five and eighteen years.”

Whereas, Article VIII, Section IV, Paragraph 2, of the New Jersey State Constitution states, “the fund for the support of free public schools . . . shall be annually appropriated to the support of free public schools, and for the equal benefit of all the people of the state.”

Whereas, Article VIII, Section I, Paragraph 7.a. of the New Jersey State Constitution states, the income tax is to be “annually appropriated . . . exclusively for the purpose of reducing or offsetting property taxes.”

1. Notwithstanding the provisions of P.L.2007, c.260 (C.18A:7F-43 et al.) or any other law to the contrary, State school aid for the first school year beginning after the effective date of P.L. , c. (C. ) (pending before the Legislature as this bill) and for each subsequent school year shall be provided to school districts as follows:

Where TDE is the total number of students enrolled in a school district;

TSE is the total number of students enrolled in public schools in New Jersey;

TITR is the total projected income tax revenue to be collected by the State of New Jersey;

and TDSA is the total amount of school aid to be provided to a school district.

a. The Department of Education shall determine each public school district’s projected resident enrollment (TDE) for the budget year and the total Statewide public school resident enrollment (TSE) of children between the ages of five and eighteen years of age.

b. The State Treasurer shall determine the total projected revenue from the State income tax (TITR) for the budget year.

c. State aid for each school district (TDSA) for the budget year shall be determined pursuant to the following formula:
(TITR/TSE) x TDE = TDSA

2. This act shall take effect immediately.

STATEMENT

This bill establishes a new formula for the allocation of State aid to school districts to satisfy the Legislature’s constitutional responsibility to provide for a system of free public schools and provide property tax relief through the appropriation of revenues generated by the state income tax.

The bill provides school district State aid by determining a per pupil amount of State aid and multiplying that amount by the school district’s projected resident enrollment for the budget year. The per pupil State aid amount is determined after the State Treasurer projects the total revenue amount from the State income tax for the budget year.

Following the determination of the projected total State income tax, the Department of Education is to divide that amount by the total projected resident enrollment of the school districts. The department determines each school district’s State aid by multiplying this per pupil State aid amount by the district’s projected resident enrollment.

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