Bill Brady – Follow Chris Christie’s lead

N.J. aid to schools to be drastically cut

Every school district in New Jersey will see cuts in state aid – some far deeper than local education officials said they were led to expect – according to figures the Christie administration released yesterday.

“We’ve never seen cuts like this before,” said Frank Belluscio, spokesman for the New Jersey School Boards Association.

In most districts, “formula aid” will be cut an amount equal to roughly 5 percent of their total operating budgets.

In three-quarters of South Jersey districts, that means they would take a double-digit cut. Some wealthy districts would lose all their formula aid.

Officials of suburban and urban districts said yesterday that their schools would feel pain, and many said they felt blindsided by the severity of the cuts.

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