Assembly Republican Press Release -
Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi, in attendance as Gov. Chris Christie spoke with the public about his school funding plan in Fair Lawn today, released the following statement:
“There are two school funding proposals on the table. The governor’s plan will reduce property taxes and encourage efficiencies in the classroom and administration of our schools. Sweeney’s idea once again delays any meaningful reform until at least the next legislative session, and in the best case scenario, would take five years to fully implement.
“Our homeowners and seniors need property tax relief now, not another empty promise for tax relief five years from now. For decades, we have been pouring taxpayer money by the billions into a handful of chronically failing districts. How is it possible to be spending more than $33,000 per year for a child’s education with less than a 67 percent graduation rate? Difficult discussions need to take place. All children need to receive the proper education, but merely wasting upwards of $33,000 per year per student on a broken educational system is unsound. If we were actually educating students in these districts receiving billions, I would possibly consider it money well spent. Unfortunately, the money is not making it into the classroom.
“Under the fairness plan, districts will receive $6,599 of state aid per student, with additional funding for special needs children. State aid will be increased to approximately 580 districts in the state, and in particular to Bergen and Passaic counties by 500 percent, while reducing the average homeowner’s property taxes by more than $2,000. Working families and seniors are being forced out of our state by unaffordable property taxes. They need help now.”