Establishes reward program in DOE for districts with high academic performance and low per pupil expenditures.
Sponsored by: Assemblyman WAYNE P. DEANGELO District 14 (Mercer and Middlesex)
Co-Sponsored by: Assemblymen Giblin, Egan and Coughlin
This bill establishes the Academic Achievement and Efficiency Rewards Program in the Department of Education. Under the program, a school district that operates grades kindergarten through 12 will receive, in addition to any aid received under the “School Funding Reform Act of 2008,” or any other law, $250 per resident student. A district would receive the reward if: 1) at least 60% of its students who took a State assessment scored in the proficient or advanced proficient range in language arts and mathematics, and 2) the district’s budgetary cost per pupil, as measured in the Taxpayers’ Guide to Education Spending (formerly the Comparative Spending Guide) is among the lowest 25% of all school districts in the same enrollment grouping used in the guide.