TRENTON – The Assembly passed Democrat-sponsored legislation to reject Gov. Chris Christie’s proposed school funding changes by a 47-30 vote on Thursday. The measure now goes to the state Senate for more consideration.
The concurrent resolution (ACR-172) notifies Christie that the Legislature objects to recommendations included in his administration’s Educational Adequacy Report that could sharply reduce funding for at-risk children. The overdue report was finally delivered in December.
The report recommended that the school funding law be modified to decrease the additional weights for students who are at-risk, bilingual education students and those who are both at-risk and bilingual education students.
“These careless recommendations are not based on any research of the school funding level necessary to achieve state standards, as required under the law or as expected by the Supreme Court,” said Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Mercer/Hunterdon).
The concurrent resolution – which requires no action by the governor – directs the Commissioner of Education to submit a revised report to the Legislature that responds to these objections no later than 30 days after a copy is transmitted to the governor and the commissioner, or before the transmittal of the governor’s budget message to the Legislature, whichever occurs first.