|11-11-06 EMAILNET Special Session Legislative Committees report Nov. 14 or 15|
GARDEN STATE COALITION OF SCHOOLS/GSCS EMAILNET 11-11-06 Special Session Legislative Committees report Nov. 14 or 15
Stay Informed & Be ready to input to Trenton:
School funding formula/consolidation and more - recommendations anticipated to be passed by end of the year.
On the Homepage Today: go to www.gscschools.org for details....
Nov 11, 2006 Star Ledger - New school funding plan could add $1 billion in aid
"...The new school funding formula outline will be part of a wide range of reform proposals by four committees that spent the summer reviewing ways to cut the nation's highest property taxes. The plans are expected to be released Tuesday or Wednesday."
11-9-06 Public hearing on school consolidation, 7 pm, at Freehold Borough Chambers,
GSCS also supports laws and regulations that would secure: 1) a tax structure that would not penalize a district via higher property taxes as a result of consolidating with another school district; 2) find an equitable way for districts not to have to share debt services incurred by one or more of the merging district prior to merging; 3) addresses differences in teacher salaries that would not lead to joined districts' having to cover additional salary costs that are likely to occur due to the merger.
These points above are currently major stumbling blocks to districts' merging and yet the legislative dialogue on consolidation has remained silent on these issues. GSCS, as well as other groups, have noted these problems consistently when talking to legislators, in our communications in general and in testimonies as well. We formally noted it in our write-up to Gov Corzine's Transition Team/Education last December as well.
GSCS is interested in Pennsylvania's Intermediate Unit system which goes a long way in helping to provide regionalized services to local districts - from special education instruction and various education programs to transportation to textbooks etc - while sustaining local district home rule.
11-8-06 Summary Overviews - Elections '07
Garden State Coalition of Schools