Dear Editor:

I wish to give a brief recapitulation of the history of the school funding reform act as I understand it. 

In 2008, the New Jersey Legislature enacted a statewide school funding formula, the School Funding Reform Act (SFRA). The SFRA is a "weighted student formula." 

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The formula delivers state and local funding driven by a “base cost,” or the per pupil amount necessary to support the core curriculum program for every student regardless of need. 

The formula also delivers extra funding to support programs for poor (at-risk) students, limited-English proficient (LEP) students, and students with disabilities, regardless of where those students live. 

These extra funds are calculated as a percentage of the base cost, called a "weight."

Under the SFRA, every district has a "weighted student enrollment," where students are counted for purposes of generating state and local revenue using the base cost plus the weights reflecting unique student needs. 

To add, Paterson Public Schools has been underfunded some $281 MILLION dollars over the course of 7 years due the Christie Administration. I have been part of this fight since 2008. I plan to continue advocating for full funding our schools until we receive the funding to which we are due under the law. 


Corey L. Teague