Education

Property-Tax-Reform Question Persists in N.J.

By Catherine Gewertz — January 10, 2006 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

The following offers highlights of the final legislative action during 2005. Precollegiate enrollment figures are based on fall 2004 data reported by state officials for public elementary and secondary schools. The figures for precollegiate education spending do not include federal flow-through funds, unless noted.

Pressure to reform property taxes hung over the New Jersey legislature in 2005, but no progress was made, prompting the state’s governor-elect to put the issue high on his agenda for 2006.

Acting Gov. Richard J. Codey

Democrat

Senate:
22 Democrats
18 Republicans


House:
47 Democrats
33 Republicans

Enrollment:
1.4 million

A task force recommended in late 2004 that a constitutional convention be held to discuss reworking the state’s revenues to lower the Garden State’s property taxes. But it was up to the 2005 legislature to put that question before voters, and it failed to do so. Gov.-elect Jon D. Corzine, a Democrat, who will be sworn in this month, has said he will convene a special session of the legislature to decide how to tackle the property-tax question.

The state’s $27.4 billion fiscal 2006 budget was exceptionally lean, holding all but the state’s poorest districts flat on basic-funding levels.

The $9.4 billion precollegiate education budget did reflect a 5 percent increase over fiscal 2005, but the extra aid will go to costs such as pensions, and allotments for districts deemed to have above-average enrollment growth, as well as money to develop new tests to comply with the federal No Child Left Behind law.

For the first time, extra money was allotted to five districts that border some of the state’s poorest districts, known as Abbott districts because of long-running school finance litigation by that name. The five so-called Abbott “rim districts” got an extra $20 million.

The legislature also approved a new method for monitoring school districts aimed at facilitating earlier help and making state takeovers less likely.

Events

School & District Management K-12 Essentials Forum Get a Strong Start to the New School Year
Get insights and actions from Education Week journalists and expert guests on how to start the new school year on strong footing.
Reading & Literacy Webinar A Roadmap to Multisensory Early Literacy Instruction: Accelerate Growth for All Students 
How can you develop key literacy skills with a diverse range of learners? Explore best practices and tips to meet the needs of all students. 
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
College & Workforce Readiness Webinar
Supporting 21st Century Skills with a Whole-Child Focus
What skills do students need to succeed in the 21st century? Explore the latest strategies to best prepare students for college, career, and life.
Content provided by Panorama Education

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Education Briefly Stated: July 13, 2022
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
9 min read
Education Briefly Stated: June 15, 2022
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated: June 8, 2022
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated: June 1, 2022
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read