“What is also not acceptable is a legislature which refuses to deal directly with the problem and instead puts up a politically specious resolution calling for a commission to study the problem. For years, some of us have told you what the glaring problems are.
- An expansion of school services to include pre-K services where millionaires can send their children to pre-K programs subsidized by the state.
- A gaming of the PILOT and abatement programs which are not reflected in the school aid formula.
- An abused breakfast program dependent on the Department of Agriculture to oversee eligibility, which is only able to audit, at best, 4-percent of the cases.
- The state formula is based on a census taken in October, and yet, when 10-percent of children are chronically absent, schools still receive a full school-year’s worth of funding.
- Disproportionate levels of spending in places like Asbury Park spend $33,000 per pupil while the state average is less than $18,000.
- A formula which does not see or treat our most-vulnerable children with special education needs as equals. Rather, it shamefully segregates them once again by zip code.
- A graduation rate in those highly funded districts that any person of reason could see as unacceptable.
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