State money available for classroom costs has actually decreased since 2013, because pension expenses incurred by districts have risen faster than state aid, according to the filing by the Education Law Center and the Public Interest Law Center.
The Philadelphia School District is recommending that all but one of the 17 charter schools it evaluated for renewal this year be allowed to continue operating. But tensions between the district and the charters may not be resolved just yet.
To enact the spending plan, the Philadelphia School District is still banking on what Mayor Kenney proposed in March: $700 million in new money from the city funded in part through a property tax hike. But City Council has publicly balked at that sum, saying that taxpayers are already overburdened.
The report, released Wednesday, recommends the state set aside money not just for new buildings, but repairs to the state's aging schools. It also calls for targeting money to projects to enhance school safety in the wake of shootings at Parkland and elsewhere.
The lawsuit alleges New Jersey has created and maintained "one of the most segregated public school systems in the nation" and faults the state for requiring students to attend public schools in the municipalities where they live, rather than taking action to reduce segregation.
"We believe the main purpose [of the new policy] is to restrict the operations and growth of charter schools, not improve the outcomes of children," said Stephen DeMaura, executive director of Excellent Schools PA.
The agreement between Moorestown - one of South Jersey's most affluent communities - and the Fair Share Housing Center is the latest in a series of settlements by municipalities across the state under the New Jersey Supreme Court's Mount Laurel rulings, which date back decades and require communities to accommodate housing for low- and moderate-income residents.
Charter schools are growing in Philadelphia's collar counties, but their results constitute a "mixed bag," with cyber-charter pupils in particular performing worse than those in similarly situated traditional public schools, according to a new report.
Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester), is proposing to lessen the burden on school districts with an infusion of state money for special education, paid for by a corporate-tax hike. But it's unclear whether Gov. Murphy will back his plan.
Maddie Hanna writes about policy issues, including school funding and affordable housing. She previously covered Gov. Christie and New Jersey state government. She joined the Inquirer in 2012.