Republican State Senator To Present “Fair School Funding” Plan In Scotch Plains

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SCOTCH PLAINS – Republican state Sen. Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Education Committee, will hold a town hall meeting in Scotch Plains to present and discuss his “Fair School Funding” plan. The town hall meeting will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at the Scotch Plains Municipal Building, 430 Park Avenue at 7:30 p.m.

Under current state law, some towns receive back just pennies on the dollar of the income taxes their residents pay to the state in the form of school aid allocated to their local districts through a convoluted funding formula that few people understand.

Doherty’s “Fair School Funding plan” would replace the current school funding formula with one that provides every child in the state with an equal share of state education aid, regardless of where they live. Doherty’s plan, which would be enacted through a constitutional amendment that must be approved by voters, would significantly increase state school aid to the majority of school districts, but reduce aid to schools in the state’s poorest communities.

There will be a question and answer session following the presentation. For more information contact the Doherty’s office at 1-908-835-0552.

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