Montclair schools set to receive increased state aid

Rebirth at Rand Middle School. (FILE PHOTO)

Govt. Phil Murphy’s proposed budget for 2022-23 would provide Montclair Public Schools with more than $8.41 million in state assistance, an increase of 4.73% over last year.

In 2021-22, Montclair received $8.03 million.

The funding would be categorical aid, outlined in the Schools Funding Reform Act, which allows funding in seven categories, according to a budget explainer on the New Jersey School Boards Association website.

The proposal would give Montclair School District funding in four categories – $1.18 million for transportation, $6.16 million for special education, $755,225 for safety and $323,539 for assistance. adjustment (an amount to ensure the district does not receive less than was allocated when the law was passed in 2008).

“We have invested more in our public schools than at any other time in our state’s history – and we are on track to fully fund our obligation to our children and their parents, our educators and our property taxpayers,” said Murphy in a budget speech on March 8.

Murphy’s proposal includes an increase in K-12 aid of approximately 7%, more than $650 million.

For the 2021-22 school year, Montclair received a 4.37% increase in funding from 2020-21, when it received $7,697,276. This represents an increase of 1.2% over the previous year, after the abolition of state aid due to economic difficulties resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.

Montclair does not receive state assistance for pre-K.

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