Gill Statement On Passage Of Democratic Plan To Fully Fund Education

TRENTON – Senator Nia H. Gill (D-Essex) today released the following statement after the Senate approved the FY2012 Budget bill, and a supplemental bill (S-2969), which together would fully fund the School Funding Reform Act of 2008:

“Last month, the New Jersey Supreme Court found the governor’s education funding policies constitutionally flawed and appropriately mandated that 31 school districts under court jurisdiction be made whole. As legislators, we made it our responsibility to do the same for suburban school districts, which have also suffered tremendous funding cuts under this governor.

“Today, we fulfilled that commitment by advancing a sensible spending plan that brings all school districts, urban and suburban alike, to an adequate funding level. With this plan, we will help to relieve the burden on property taxpayers in municipalities across the state while providing school districts with the ability to fund programs necessary to delivering a quality education to our students.”