What Does Revised School Aid From Trenton Mean for Hudson & SE Bergen Districts?

The Harrison, Hoboken, Jersey City and Weehawken school districts can realistically be looked at as the winners in Hudson County in this scenario.  They all have received no reduction in the revised school aid figures announced by Governor Phil Murphy which were originally announced in February before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

More than 190 districts across New Jersey may be facing a tax increase based upon the revised aid figures recently released by the Governor’s Office.  They may be forced to raise taxes in order to make up for the cuts in their 2020-21 school funding.  The Governor maintains the figures, overall, have remained steady from fiscal year 2020 despite “historic financial challenges” New Jersey has suffered through seven months.

The bad news?  Some 400 school districts in the Garden State will be getting less aid than they had anticipated due to this dreaded virus.  So, what’s it look like in Hudson County and among those school districts in southeastern Bergen County?

Here are the biggest to smallest cuts by percentage in aid, locally, since the original figures announced six months ago:

  • Fairview    -13.3%
  • Secaucus  -10.4%
  • Edgewater  -10.3%
  • Ft. Lee   -9.9%
  • Guttenberg  -8.5%
  • Cliffside Park  -7.2%
  • Bayonne  -6.7%
  • Kearny  -6.5%
  • Ridgefield Park  -5/1%
  • Ridgefield  -4.4%
  • East Newark -3.5%
  • Palisades Park -3.5%
  • West New York  -3.2%
  • Union City  -2.5%
  • North Bergen -1.4%
  • Hudson Vo-Tech  -0.6%

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