6-18-18 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--Appropriations Bill from Democratic Lawmakers, First Salvo in Budget Battle

Despite overall accord, legislators and governor still have issues to hash out, especially when it comes to funding public-employee pensions, K-12 education, and mass transit

State lawmakers continue to disagree with Gov. Phil Murphy on how to pay for the significant new spending they want to see in the state’s next budget, but they’ve decided to use this week to advance their own appropriations bill.


John Reitmeyer | June 18, 2018


Star Ledger-- High-stakes N.J. fight over how your schools are funded shifts into high gear Monday

State lawmakers on Monday will begin to vote on a controversial and high-stakes proposal that will over a period of seven years bring fairness to a school funding formula that has created winners and losers, its Democratic sponsor says.

State Senate President Stephen Sweeney's fix would shift some of the $9 billion New Jersey spends on direct aid to schools from those districts considered overfunded under the school funding formula to those considered underfunded.

That change will be incremental, but ultimately some of the state's largest school districts will lose tens or even hundreds of millions of dollars in state aid each year.

Samantha Marcus| Updated 1:19 PM; Posted 11:07 AM, June 17, 2019


Education Week--To Stem Likely Membership Losses, Teachers' Unions Play Offense

When teachers are first hired, they have paperwork to fill out and meetings to attend. This fall, new hires in a growing number of states can add another to-do to their lists: meet with a teachers’ union representative.

At a time when unions are bracing for a potential blow from the U.S. Supreme Court, Democratic lawmakers in about a half-dozen states have introduced or passed legislation that aims to give public-employee unions better access to potential members.

The Supreme Court is expected to issue a decision in the Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Council 31 case any day now. At stake are the so-called “agency” or “fair share” fees that public-employee unions in 22 states charge workers who are not union members but still reap the benefits of collective bargaining.


Madeline Will| June 14, 2018