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Education briefs: School regionalization bill advances in NJ Legislature

Claire Lowe | June 13, 2021 | Press of AC |

A bill sponsored by state Sen. President Steve Sweeney to encourage school regionalization moved to the Assembly’s Appropriations Committee on Wednesday after receiving a favorable review from the Education Committee.

The bill creates a grant program in the Department of Community Affairs for districts to conduct feasibility studies for regionalization. The legislation received the approval of the state Senate in March and in May was introduced in the Assembly.

According to a fiscal estimate, there will be undetermined increases, ranging from $20,000 to $150,000 depending on the size and number of districts, in state expenditures to fund the studies.

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