PATERSON, NJ- Paterson Schools Superintendent Eileen Shafer issued the following statement regarding Thursday's announcement of the $20.1 million increase in state funding for the 2018-2019 school year:

“Our district has received its State allocation for the 2018-19 school year and the total is up by $20.1 million.  I want to thank Governor Murphy and the Department of Education for recognizing the considerable funding challenges we have here in our school district.  Still, I am very concerned that due to being underfunded for so long, we continue to have a significant shortfall.  We will be reviewing all budget options over the weekend so that we can report to the Board on Monday.”

The announcement, reported first by TAPinto Paterson here, comes after several years of failure to fully fund Paterson's schools as prescribed by school funding laws leaving a shortfall of approximately $280 million.