Wednesday – Assembly Education Panel to Begin Hearings on School Funding

(TRENTON) – The Assembly Education Committee will convene at 10 a.m. Wednesday to begin hearings on school funding concerns.
The Wednesday hearing is set for 10 a.m. in Committee Room 11 on the 4th floor of the State House Annex. The committee will hear testimony regarding the School Funding Reform Act of 2008 and other matters related to education funding in the state.
Audio of the hearing will be streamed live at http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/media/live_audio.asp.
“Concerns about school funding in communities across the state have gone on far too long without being resolved,” said Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen). “It’s unacceptable that state government has gone years without properly funding a constitutional school funding formula, hurting both children and property taxpayers. It’s time to revisit that process, but we need input and opinions from experts and taxpayers across the state. The Assembly is ready to start the hard work of finding a solution that’s fair to taxpayers, school districts and children across the state.”
The Assembly Education Committee will also be holding three public hearings across the state, one in each region. The three public hearings will be held at hours convenient for the public to attend. More details on those three public hearings will be announced shortly.
“The Assembly Education Committee is ready to hear from education experts and taxpayers throughout New Jersey,” said Assembly Education Chairwoman Marlene Caride (D-Bergen/Passaic). “I appreciate Speaker Prieto’s confidence in our ability to gather this input and begin work on this complex but necessary task. Fair funding for all schools throughout the New Jersey is a must. This is all about the future of children and our state and helping long-struggling taxpayers.”