Funding Fairness for ALL Students

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The State of New Jersey has adopted a plan to reduce the Freehold Regional High School District’s state funding by 50% over several years. In essence, Senate Bill 2 (S2) reflects the state’s belief that the taxpayers of the Freehold Regional High School District are undertaxed by nearly $30 million, and that the state will no longer subsidize communities who are not paying their “Local Fair Share” – an arbitrary calculation that we continue to challenge. Even if tax levy increases were maximized under the state-imposed cap, S2 will generate annual budget deficits that will require meaningful cuts to the programs and services that have distinguished this district in the State of New Jersey.

The impact of a revenue loss of this magnitude cannot be overstated. Over the next several years, programs and services in the areas of student supports, academic offerings, athletic and extracurricular opportunities, bussing, as well as progress towards targeted refinements outlined in our strategic plan, will all be markedly diminished.

This year, the Freehold Regional's state aid was reduced by $3.8 million, next year we will lose between $6 and $7 million with subsequent reductions for the next four years thereafter continuing on until we lose approximately $30 million in funding.  Even with raising taxes we will never be able to close that gap. 

We ask you to sign this petition to encourage Governor Murphy and New Jersey Legislators to re-examine this flawed funding formula and delay the phase-in until the full scope of its impact is understood.