Archive for New Jersey

State Financing for Higher Education, 2018 Report

While a few states have rebounded from the recession in their support of higher education, a vast majority have certainly not supported their state institutions. The State Higher Education Finance report for 2018 reveals the abysmal level of support for “state” institutions that in certain instances should negate the appellation of “state” due to the miserly amount of funding sent to these schools. New Jersey’s record of support has seen a steady erosion over the years and has dropped 27% since the recession, placing it among the least supportive governments. The report is replete with tables, charts, and figures along with additional supporting resources.

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New Jersey’s Plan for Higher Education

For years New Jersey has been without a comprehensive plan for higher education; now Where Opportunity Meets Innovation: A Student-Centered Vision for New Jersey Higher Education has just been released outlining the steps to be undertaken to make higher education in New Jersey a more viable and supportive environment for all students. As the executive summary makes clear: “The key to making these changes starts with a renewed commitment to students. This commitment is embodied in the vision for New Jersey’s Student Bill of Rights, which holds every New Jerseyan, regardless of life circumstances, should have the opportunity to obtain a high-quality credential that prepares them for life after college.” Steps and processes to achieve this goal are enumerated and expanded upon.

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How Did Your School/District Do in the 2017/18 New Jersey Report Cards?

A plethora of information are contained in the various reports that were issued this month: from languages spoken at home to metrics involving career and college readiness. Reports are available in English and Spanish; summaries are also given as some of these documents are 60 pages long.

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Major Report on Financial Waste in New Jersey Charter Schools

This report, based on countless documents culled during a year-long investigation, reveals an appalling system of financial waste with no accountability in the running of charter schools in New Jersey. Case studies are presented along with excerpts of texts, timelines, and interviews. A brief overview listing seven takeaways from this report is also available. For those involved in the charter school sector, this read is a must.

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NJ Proposed State Aid for School Districts 2019-2020

In Governor Murphy’s proposed budget for 2019/2020, many school districts will see an increase in aid; however, there will be some losers as well – Jersey City will lose over $27M. Here is a chart with all the figures for each district in the state.

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Full Text of Governor Murphy’s 2020 Budget Address

You can find it here. In it, he mentions a $5M increase for TAG and an $2.5M increase for EOF. He also states “And, our budget looks to a new way to help our four-year public colleges and universities. We propose $20 million in new formula-driven aid, based on what is needed to ensure the best outcomes for all students and reflect the diversity of our state.”

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New Jersey – How Much Have You Paid in Property Taxes for 2018?

Use this interactive map to get the average property tax bill for your municipality; it will also show the increase in taxes since 2010. Here are the figures for Jersey City.

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