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Diegnan: Governor Should Restore State Aid to Well Performing Schools

(TRENTON) – Assembly Education Chair Patrick J. Diegnan, Jr. on Thursday issued the following statement concerning the Governor’s proposed $1.21 billion increase to school aid, which only includes $139.5 million in actual operational funding for all school districts:

“The Governor claims there is an increase in school aid funding in his proposed budget. I’m having trouble figuring out where its going. One thing I know for sure is that the six school districts in the 18th legislative district (East Brunswick, Edison, Highland Park, Metuchen, South River and South Plainfield) are receiving $9 million less in state aid than they did the year before the Governor took office. In addition, the state raided more than $8 million in surplus funds held by those districts. I must commend the Governor for a great speech on Tuesday and I applaud his expressed commitment to providing increased state education aid. The actual budget won’t take effect until July 1st. Let’s use that time to really restore state aid to well performing schools such as those in the 18th legislative district.”