- GSCS overarching mission is quality education for all New Jersey's public school students
GSCS membership represents a spread among district factor groups from DFG B to DFG I-J?...In fact, 40% of GSCS members are not considered high wealth districts.
When GSCS advocates for its membership in Trenton, quality education for New Jersey’s public education students is the overarching concern. This is why GSCS has focused on such issues as full funding of the SFRA formula (without harming any district), increasing special education aid, seeking a reasonable approach to high stakes testing, pressing for charter school reform and reducing unfunded mandates.
GSCS advocates for changes in the School Funding Reform Act (SFRA) specific to special education. These changes include increasing the percentage of special education aid that is "categorical" (i.e., aid that goes directly to a student’s need, no matter where the student resides); eliminating the current "census based" approach to special education funding in favor of one that reflects the actual number of special education students in each district; and increasing the percentages of Extraordinary Aid for high-cost special education services in excess of specific cost threshholds. In 2017, GSCS was instrumental in securing the first increase in Extraordinary Aid since 2012.
Credibility and practicality, combined with ideas acknowledged by Trenton to be workable, have given GSCS its successful track record.
GSCS appreciates the input and feedback of our members that has contributed to GSCS accomplishments. Thank for your help and please keep it up. It has been, and is, worth it.