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STAY VIGILANT on Proposed FY25 School Funding Cuts

Funding Cuts Impact Arts Education Programs In School Districts Throughout the State

Whenever school budgets are cut, hard decisions must be made and often arts education is in jeopardy. Arts Ed NJ has been working to communicate how cuts are impacting the arts via our champions and networks. Arts Ed NJ has also established a mechanism for schools and districts to share what is going on in their community, and added a new Champion Central portal on the Arts Ed Now & For All! campaign website that allows Arts Ed Champions to track their advocacy progress.  

Here’s a brief timeline of recent events:

This February Governor Murphy proposed that the School Funding Reform Act (S2) school funding formula will fully fund New Jersey public schools for the first time in the state’s FY25 Budget. As a result, many districts received meaningful increases. However, between 130-140 districts received cuts. Some are daunting budget cuts exacerbated by increased district expenses growing faster than the allowed 2% property tax increase and the loss of past Covid-related Federal Elementary and Secondary School Relief funding.  

Assembly Bill A4161, largely endorsed by all education groups, passed on April 15, 2024 to help remedy cuts for the short term for impacted districts, and Governor Murphy signed it on May 15th.  The Senate companion bill, S3081, was passed on May 12.   

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