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Wednesday in Hackensack: Assembly Education Committee to Hold Public Hearing on School Funding

(TRENTON) – The Assembly Education Committee will meet Wednesday in Hackensack to hear testimony from the public regarding matters related to education funding in the state.
The hearing is slated to start at 3 p.m. at the Bergen County Administration Building’s Freeholder Public Meeting Room on the 5th Floor of One Bergen County Plaza in Hackensack.
“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 be holding three public school funding hearings across the state, one in each region. It heard from education experts during a Jan. 18 hearing. Wednesday’s meeting will be first public hearing. Another hearing is set for Feb. 7 in Camden County.
“The Assembly Education Committee is ready to hear from 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.”